Opened in 2011, this well curated museum just off the plaza displays the long-awaited artifacts that Hiram Bingham unearthed in 1911 when discovering Machu Picchu. Bingham brought 360 pieces back to Yale, where they were subject to an international dispute between Peru and the university. They are now housed in a carefully restored colonial mansion, where a priceless 18th-century mural has been uncovered. On display are skeletal remains, as well as ceramics and stone objects. Perhaps more intriguing are the photos of Bingham and of excavations of the site. A video of notable researchers like Richard Burger explaining the archaeological significance of the site is worth the time. You'll spend 1 hr. here maximum.
- Nicholas Gill