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Museo Larco

Avenida Bolivar 1515, Lima Lima 21, Peru (Pueblo Libre)
(00511) 4611312
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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum...
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Ranked #1 of 130 Attractions in Lima
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: MUSEO LARCO OPENS FROM 9AM TO 10PM, DAILY. The Museo Larco is housed...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Cambridge, UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the fact that we could take photographs of the exhibits. Excellent descriptions in English, French and I think German too. The restaurant is a nice treat though definitely on the expensive side. A definite WOW.

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is a little oasis in the middle of noisy Lima. Once you walk inside the guarded gate, you are transported into a beautiful courtyard with grass and gorgeous flowers. The museum costs 30 soles and includes the permanent exhibition, the archives and the erotic art section. I went here after a tour of the Sacred Valley and it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing collections of pottery! The restaurant inside the museum serve excellent "umami" flavor of Peruvian food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Muses larco is a wonderful museum. The antiquities were displayed in an excellent way and it was exciting to go to the archival room which housed thousands of ancient artifacts. The building is fabulous, it is covered in flowers and perfectly maintained. The restaurant was also a great part of the museum, it's covered in fairy lights and the staff... More 

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Cusco, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

if you have time to visit just one museum while staying in Lima, let this be the one... excellent set up, items description on 4 European languages, good for all who do not speak Spanish, which is not the case with other museums in Lima

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There is always so much to see. I really enjoy the guided tour at the collection of Pre-Incan. The guided was a good speaker. Very informative, funny and interesting. Lovely place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We liked the history and Gate1 tour guide knowledge of the church and area, the shopping and the restaurants surrounding areas.

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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

After doing the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu excursion, one is left with the impression that everything about Peru had to do with the Inca. This museum might be on an unstated mission to show otherwise, featuring many thousands of years of artifacts from all manner of cultures that existed long before the Inca. Peru was a hotbed to early civilization, and... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Its a real oasis. The collection is very informative. I hired a guide - Miguel Angel Medina Medina. he did a great job, and was very reasonably priced for an individual tour. The pisco sour in the restaurant is great.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Wanted to really visit this museum for their collection of Pre-Incan and Incan artifacts and it did not disappoint. The museum is laid out nicely to follow the rise of the civilizations in Peru up to the Spanish Conquest. I was amazed at the quality of the artifacts as well as the ease of know what each was since it... More 

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