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Larco Museum, Lima

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • I was very pleased to visit this well maintained Museum. The artifacts were informative and picture taking is allowed so long as you turned off the flash feature. Some of the writing which explained w...  read more »
  • The exhibit is of course. About living, about leaving descendants, religion. These can be checked visually very special pottery It is inspiring. Humans have great. Though. Your garden is amazing. Beautiful bougainvillea. As I am in the restaurant was wonderful best. Exotic enough. Classic style through the wind and shop. You can also book a course, and put anyone if your seat has become empty. Coffee 8 Soler.
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  • Museum with many parts and information on the history precolombiana. Extra caution and a beautiful place. It is worth visiting the restaurant because the food is delicious.
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  • Incredible museum chronicling the history of the Incan empire in South America. The collection here is very impressive and they do an amazing job of keeping things both in order by time period as well as category (i.e jewelry or pottery). The 30 sols or about $9 to go through here is an amazing value given the amount on display. You're also able to walk through their holding room where all the pieces not on formal display are housed. Also, don't miss the erotic gallery where all things fertility are celebrated. It will probably make you blush a bit, but it's a great small section to check out. Whole thing started with a 10 minute video (a must) and took about 2 hours to get all the way through. All in all, a total win and something you should go see!
  • This is a really nice museum to admire and understand pre-columbian art and cultures. The place has thousands of pre-columbian figures. Some in clay, son in ceramic, wood and even some in precious metals. It is the largest collection I have ever seen in a museum. Our guide told us that there were more than 40,000 of them. The outside garden is a magical place; it is decorated with flowers, cactus and other species of plants that make the site look gorgeous. Next to the garden there is a restaurant that I haven't had the chance to visit but looked really nice as well. To my surprise, this museum doesn't take any cards (debit or credit). So make sure you bring some cash with you, otherwise, you may have to visit their gift shop and get cash from an ATM (horrendous international fees attached). Guided tours are available on location but to my taste a little bit expensive, especially if you travel by yourself, which was my case. Even though they can accommodate few guests with one guide, don't expect them to be proactive and match you with somebody else. They don't really care. It is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. Unfortunately, there is nothing to do around the museum. So after your visit your may have to travel somewhere else in Lima. The location of the museum is not in Barranco, Miraflores or San Isidro where all the action takes place. It is in an isolated neighborhood in Lima. So get in and get out. Great to visit once, if I ever come back would do it because I want to try the restaurant.
  • The best Incan and pre-Incan collection in Peru. A must-see in Lima.
  • Great museum. The people are all really attentive and helpful. The museum itself is fantastic, very educational. Also you can take great pictures there. Wonderful place. Highly recommended.
  • The Larco Museum was a pleasant surprise on our last day in Lima. The combination of open space in the yard and the layout of the museum are a delightful get away from Lima, and the organization of the material is extremely helpful. The Larco does a beautiful job presenting pre-Colombian artifacts in a fashion that emphasizes all the cultures that developed in the Andes before the Incas themselves. As this material was presented, there were comparison points in European history for reference. Be sure to check out the erotic pottery! The cafe is completely worth the time and price as well. We had a wine and appetizer special after we walked through the museum, and it was a great break before heading back into the city. The outdoor seating combined with excellent calamari and white wine was just what we needed.
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