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Larco Museum, Lima

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Get in touch with ancient Peruvian history and culture with a visit to Larco Museum. The museum, known in particular for its expansive collection of ceramics dating back some 4,000 years, stands above an ancient pre-Columbian pyramid in an 18th-century viceroy's mansion. You can also see some remarkable hand-woven tapestries, as well as gold and jewels highlighting the wealth of some of Peru's ancient civilizations. Those looking for a more risque encounter can check out the collection of ancient erotic art pieces, which depict sex acts without shame or censorship. Enhance your experience with a guided tour of the museum, available in English. Arrange your visit to Larco Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lima using our Lima vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Musea Larco was one of our first stops in Peru. The museum contained some amazing artifacts if not some rather strange erotica. The exterior of the museum in covered in flowers which make for some...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It is an interesting Museum, has signs that surprise and easy to visit and can end up in a good Peruvian food restaurant
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  • August 15, 2017
    Great experience at the Larco Museum. The displays are obviously unique and memorable; the building itself, the setting and the cafe were also excellent.  more »
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  • May 6, 2017
    This one is privately owned and is set on an archaeological find beneath, which apparently is properly preserved until someone decides to excavate it. The cornerstone of ancient Inca belief the realm of the gods in the sky, represented by the condor; the realm of living beings represented by the puma on earth; and finally the realm of the dead beneath the earth represented by the snake; all inform the priceless and gorgeous exhibits here. The 'erotic' part of the museum is separate and indeed represents a very important part of the Inca belief system. There is a lovely restaurant set by the lawn and stunning foliage all around. See pics.
  • July 20, 2017
    It was a little challenging to get here, but once I arrived I was surprised at how lovely the grounds were kept and how nice the building was. The museum gives a great overview of the Peruvian culture of the people. Two of the major attractions are the exhibit on precious metals and the erotic art exhibit. There are many interesting artifacts from the different areas of the country and I learned a lot while I was there. There is also a café, Museum Store, and a small Plaza. The security guard will get you a valid taxi. There are signs listed right next to the exit for rates. Be sure to check it out.
  • June 1, 2017
    Great building with an amazing garden. Exhibition pieces are interesting and a must visit when coming to Lima. I wished there was more information on what each piece was used for. Don't miss the erotic exhibition. There is also a restaurant with amazing atmosphere. I only looked at the menu which looked excellent.
  • June 6, 2017
    Nice garden, small museum. I liked how the storage was open to the public. You can see thousands of pieces in the storage area. If you are looking for the Erotic Hall of pottery it is located apart from the rest of the museum, downstairs. In my limited time in Peru I would have rather visited somewhere else.
  • July 28, 2017
    Great selection of relics from the Inca eras. The food in the restaurant was great too, make sure to eat here.

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