Visible Vault

An intimate look at over 600 rare artifacts from the ancient Americas.

hallway shot of visible vault

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Free with paid museum admission
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Surround yourself with archeological treasures from ancient Latin America and gaze upon the remains of advanced civilizations like the Aztec, Maya, and Inca. This intimate gallery gives visitors a rare glimpse of exquisite stone, ceramic, and metal objects that are normally hidden away in back storerooms of the museum.

A gold and copper bat-man pendant from the Tairona culture

This Tairona bat-man pendant is made of gold and copper.

Aztec stone basin in Visible Vault

Stare into this 500 year old Aztec stone basin.

Three legged bowl in Visible Vault

See many interesting ceremonial pots and bowls.

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The artifacts and their cases in Visible Vault contain hundreds of treasures.

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This Tairona bat-man pendant is made of gold and copper.

Stare into this 500 year old Aztec stone basin.

See many interesting ceremonial pots and bowls.

The artifacts and their cases in Visible Vault contain hundreds of treasures.

As you peer into the vault, you'll:

  • Wonder how you would look wearing the gold cat whiskers of a Nazca nose pendant.
  • Find the ceremonial jars that once held ancient beer.
  • Uncover how an Aztec cuauhxicalli was used in human sacrifice.