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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. To visit Larco Museum and get the most from your holiday in Lima, create itinerary details personal to you using our Lima day trip planning app .
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  • This was a stunningly curated museum. Outstanding tomb pottery, ornaments, fabrics in a peaceful building. One of the most beautiful museums I have ever visited.  more »
  • Museum that exposes and explains how the Inca Empire lived, with artifacts of ceramics, metals, clothing, etc. Is a rich collection that is worth a lot to visit. On site there is also a gallery of erotic arts, plus a good restaurant.
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  • The place is beautiful for those who enjoy flowers because there are many and very well-kept. The Museum is very interesting, it is worthwhile to explore it and is also not packed with which one can take a good walk calmly through the pre-Columbian. Entry fee is S/.30 Suns and remember who commented that there is a discount for children and elderly persons. There is also the possibility of eating in the restaurant, in almost all of the opportunities that I visited was full, so you can call and make a reservation in advance. I believe that there is a very good service and high quality dishes. The atmosphere is pleasant.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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