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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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  • I was amazed by the work in this museum. Such great work of varied pre-Colombian cultures. Make sure to get a guide to really experience the museum and take in everything around you. Also, come prepar...  more »
  • Our guide book recommended visiting this museum if it was the only one you would visit in Lima, and they were right. It was outstanding from beginning to end. We started with a tour with Gabriella, Wh...  more »
  • An amazing collection of artefacts complemented by beautiful exhibits with detailed information telling you more about what you are seeing and providing the context to appreciate and understand these ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guided through the 12 masterpieces of the museum (1hr). Interesting and very complete pieces despite age. As it is a private museum and we went as part of a city tour in the morning (9.30am) on a weekday, it was nice and quiet environment.
  • This is a must see if you are into history! Arrange for a private tour to get a more in-depth experience. Eat at the museum cafe if you can as the food is superb!