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Museo Larco

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Neighborhood: Pueblo Libre
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Address: Avenida Bolivar 1515 | Pueblo Libre, Lima Lima 21, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 4611312
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: MUSEO LARCO OPENS FROM 9AM TO 10PM, DAILY. The Museo Larco is housed in an...
MUSEO LARCO OPENS FROM 9AM TO 10PM, DAILY. The Museo Larco is housed in an exquisite 18th century vice-royal mansion, built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum’s galleries exhibit the finest and most magnificent gold and jewelry treasures from Ancient Peru and the renowned erotic collection, one of Peru’s most celebrated attractions. Founded in 1926 and located in Lima, the Museo Larco holds the largest and most important archaeological collection of Ancient Peru in the world. Peru is known worldwide thanks to the legendary Inca Empire on the Andes Mountains; however few are aware that this society existed only for the last 100 years before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores. The Museo Larco portrays to the visitor an engaging narrative, recounting 5000 years in the development of Peru’s pre-Columbian history; thus becoming the ideal means to understand and enjoy Ancient Peru. On the Museum’s terraces overlooking its vibrant and stunning gardens, find Museo Larco´s Café restaurant, where one can savour the best of Peruvian and International cuisine.All in all, it’s accurate to say that to become fascinated by Peruvian history, the journey begins at Museo Larco!
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AMAZING MUSEUM! One of the best I have seen in the world. The curation is very well done and accommodates a huge variety of languages. Been back several times and always bring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

AMAZING MUSEUM! One of the best I have seen in the world. The curation is very well done and accommodates a huge variety of languages. Been back several times and always bring visitors. Their outside dining area is also very well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The museum is not in Central Lima, so you may have to take a taxi to get there. The museum houses a huge collection of ceramics, some gold and jewels. You can also visit the storerooms. The garden was beautiful when I visited. There are shops and cafe too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Museo Larco is a must-see if you are visiting Lima. It contains an amazing account of Peruvian history from B.C. thru the Incas. Contains artifacts of pottery, jewelry and metalworks, to give a greater understanding of the societal evolution in Peru. Then we dined in their restaurant---some of the best food we enjoyed while in Peru.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Very interesting exhibits, both the artifacts themselves, as well as the information provided. Plus, the museum has a great restaurant for lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great museum. It was in fact hard to read some of the descriptions. Beautiful garden to sit in after the long walk through the museum, and enjoy a cocktail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Visited July 2014. Wonderful, small museum. Highly recommend eating lunch at the museum's restaurant as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It is a private collection that shows different moment of the ancestral culture of Peru, much before the Incas. The museum is rather small but very complete, which makes it a good option if you are short in time. It is a must to see all rooms, specially the collection close to the restaurant, enjoy it ;-) Also the restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A private Museum that has artifacts from the many ethnic groups that comprise Peru. An excellent introduction to the country. You can hire a guide for atour of about an hour and we found this very useful. We then went back round the museum on our own. There is some beautifl stuff there. This is not an Inca museum and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Logical, modern layout that walks you through the different periods and regions of Peruvian history. Most major languages, including English, are on each display case and the murals on the walls. I recommend watching the 10 minute video before you start the tour (The video alternates, in its entirety, between Spanish and English - so if it isn't in your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A wonderful museum to visit, there is so much to see and very well presented, There were treasures displayed that I had no idea even existed, Well worth the visit, highly recommended

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Address: Address: Avenida Bolivar 1515 | Pueblo Libre, Lima Lima 21, Peru
Phone Number: +51 1 4611312
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima>  > Pueblo Libre
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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