The influx of foreign tourists to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in Peru’s northern Lambayeque region grew by 13 percent through September this year, due to the opening of a laboratory for the restoration of pre-Columbian jewelry, locala authorities said Tuesday.
Museum administrator Almanzor Toro told Andina news agency that out of the 100,000 visitors, 25,000 were foreigners, showing an increase of 3,000 tourists from the same period of 2010.
He said the largest number of visits was registered in the past four months after the inauguration of the lab, where artifacts discovered in the different researches in Lambayeque are preserved and restored.
The over 240 square meter space has special windows for easy viewing of the works done by specialists there. It also has a screen mounted to a microscope, through which people can observe the specialized work carried out.
"This laboratory is one of the best in South America and visitors have the opportunity to see the process of restoration of objects," which has become an attraction, Toro said.