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Boca Raton Museum of Art chalked up record attendance in 2021

Lines formed down the block outside the Boca Raton Museum of Art for the opening of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru. Image provided by BRMA
Lines formed down the block outside the Boca Raton Museum of Art for the opening of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru. Image provided by BRMA

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art, one of South Florida’s leading cultural institutions, has announced record-breaking attendance numbers for 2021, surpassing those of all previous seasons. In addition, last year the museum welcomed more new annual membership packages than ever before, representing thousands of households and a 200% increase over the prior year.

“Our city is thrilled that the Boca Raton Museum of Art succeeded in bringing the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru here first,” said Andrea Levine O’Rourke, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Boca Raton. “This spectacular tour de force has shined the national spotlight on all of South Florida as a cultural destination,” she added. With only weeks remaining until the March 6 close of this limited run, locals and tourists are flocking to the museum because this exhibition may not return to the U.S. again until 2024 or 2025, after the world tour continues to museums across Europe and Asia. The exhibition is presented by Cityneon and produced by World Heritage Exhibitions.

 Installation shot of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit. Image courtesy of Boca Raton Museum of Art

Installation shot of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit. Courtesy Boca Raton Museum of Art

This is the first time this collection of Andean treasures from Peru’s Museo Larco and from Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon has traveled the globe. Due to the prominence of this rarely seen collection, the first leg of the exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art has already generated major headlines nationwide and internationally too, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London. The show has also received rave reviews from prominent scholars who are experts in these ancient cultures.

Highlights from the upcoming new season at the museum

“As we kick off the new year, the Boca Raton Museum of Art brings Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru to life with major events and educational programming, featuring acclaimed speakers such as Werner Herzog and celebrity-chef Virgilio Martinez,” said the museum’s Executive Director, Irvin Lippman. “The next wave of exhibitions will usher in a powerful new season for museum audiences.” On the heels of this record-breaking success, the museum’s new season includes the world premiere of Art of the Hollywood Backdrop – Cinema’s Creative Legacy (April 20-Jan. 22, 2023); Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets Hollywood – Artistica! (April 20-Aug. 21); Reggie Cunningham: Black Pearls (Sept. 2-Jan. 22, 2023); and Passages, the new show by Whitfield Lovell, organized by the American Federation of Arts that includes three large-scale installations by Lovell (Feb. 11, 2023 – May 21, 2023). View the entire season and all events at BocaMuseum.org.

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