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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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  • A real pleasure to spend the day in this museum to clear explanations and in french! There is no want to leave
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  • An interesting option for those who like Museum. Well organized, with an interesting exhibition. Just the architecture of the place is worth the ride.
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  • The museum has been recently curated and is much better organized with lots more English explanations than guidebooks described. Absolutely fantastic collection. Outdoor restaurant, while a little exp...  more »
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  • I have visited lots of museums and in almost every one there is a small description next to every object, saying what it is and where it was found. The Larco goes way beyond that and puts each object in context, what it was used for, by whom,etc etc. Giving a level of interpretation for the galleries that helps the viewer build a clearer picture of life through Inca and pre-inca times. The gold crown and collar are unbelievable.
  • Wonderful museum with artifacts from pre-Columbian Peru. The museum is about 30 minutes from the Lima airport and we visited during a long layover there and it was a perfect way to spend a couple of hours. They really have some beautiful things on display and have organized the exhibit in such a way that you learn a lot about the various peoples of Peru and their beliefs, culture, and handiwork. Just gorgeous!!! Plus you can wander thru their storage area where they have thousands more pieces. Pretty impressive place. And they have a good restaurant on site!!
  • An excellent museum which provides a thorough overview of pre columbian culture thanks to its vast collection of pottery artefacts. Definitely worth a visit.
  • The Larco Museum is one of the most memorable museum I visited in Lima. Learn about Pre-Peruvian cultures in an interesting and entertaining way. I recommend the Museum highly even to visitors who are not attracted by Museums in general. By the way, the restaurant in the Museum's complex is excellent too, they offer delicious "almuerzos" in a garden like atmosphere.
  • Home to the most extensive collection of Peruvian ceramic in the world. This museum gives you a really thorough look into pre and post colonial and pre and post Incan cultures in Peru. It's absolutely fascinating. And of course there is a very unique collection of erotic pottery which you just have to see to believe. This was one of the best Museums I went to in Peru