The Incas - Gold. Power. God.

3,000 years of advanced cultures

extended until 8 April 2018!

The Incas called it "the sun's beads", while the Spanish were only interested in its material value. The mythology of Inca gold is rooted in the irreconcilability of these two value systems. In this exhibition, the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site takes up where "IncaGold" (2004/2005) left off, presenting several new exhibits shedding insights into the civilizations of the Incan and pre-Incan periods.

The key exhibits come from the Larco Museum in Lima and Cusco, owner of the world's largest private collection of ancient Peruvian art. Other unique exhibits have been provided by the Musée des Jacobins in Auch (France), the Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna, and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim. The museums in Vienna and Hildesheim are known all over the world for their collections, and the Musée des Jacobins in Auch is home to one of France's largest collections of Pre-Columbian art. Musée de l'Armée, Paris, has lent Spanish weapons and horse armor once used by the conquistadors.

"Inca – Gold. Power. God." at the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site is an exhibition with world-class exhibits of a kind never seen before.

The exhibition devotes special attention to the Spanish conquest of South America by Francisco Pizarro. 220 exhibits provide fascinating glimpses of the worlds of the Incas and their predecessors, exploring what happened when these worlds collided with 16th-century European culture.


  • The Incas - Gold. Power. God.


Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte - Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur

The Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site is the only fully preserved ironworks of industrial culture. Covering an area of more than 600.000 m2, the gigantic ironworks are a must-see attraction for anyone seeking the exceptional. On a tiny space it displays a collection of milestones in high technology of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Völklinger Hütte forms part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, like the Cheops pyramid in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Athen and Cologne Cathedral.

Where once there were chimneys smoking and a deafening noise was part of everyday work, is now a place of concerts and large-scale exhibitions.