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Museo Larco, Lima

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Get in touch with ancient Peruvian history and culture with a visit to Museo Larco. 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 Museo Larco 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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  • Outstanding museum in Lima. This is really a must do for anyone interested in the history of Peru, including the Inca Civilization and way beyond that. I wish we had visited before and after our...  more »
  • A really high quality museum. Great to see the art and adornment that would have been worn by the regional cultures. Many fascinating items. Definitely worth 1-2h of your time.  more »
  • Our visit to the Larco museum was a unique experience. We learned a lot about the pre-hispanic cultures of Peru. We saw potteries with beautiful designs. My favorite part was the metallurgy area...  more »
  • This was one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. The pieces themselves were beautiful and nicely displayed. A unique feature was the quality of the information provided. The 10 minute video was extremely well done and the written descriptions accompanying the displays were clear, succinct, interesting, and always cleverly connected what you were looking at to how we tend to see things today. The restaurant was also very good. The storage room of non displayed pieces (thousands of pieces), open to the public, was also wonderful and unique.
  • It was a good choice to check this museum out. We went with a guide but you could certainly make it without one. The garden is really pretty with flowers and cactus. The collection of ceramics discovered by Largo family was amazing. I don't know much about Peruvian history but was able to learn some. Some of the figures featured on the porcelains were quite interesting. The section of jewelry was also good. Highly recommended.
  • It is a very nice museum. Here you can admire a beautiful collection of ceramics that date back before the so called discovery by Columbus. Additionally, the museum is located inside a beautiful colonial mansion. The garden with all its plants is worthy in itself. Definitely, a good way to explota part of the rich history encountered on the Peruvian territory. They also have a restaurant. As always in this type of locations it is overpriced but never the less the atmosphere is beautiful. If you can afford it just do it.
  • This is an absolutely fabulous museum. The curation is very thoughtful, and there are labels in 6 languages, so you will always know what you're looking at. Educational and visually stimulating. The erotic gallery is also fun (kids can instead run around the garden next door). Modern, neat, and highly professional.
  • What an amazing place. I would count their grounds as one of life’s happy places for me. The museum and collection is wonderful and interesting. An impressive inventory to say the least of Inca era artifacts.

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