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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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Best Museum in Peru

I love this museum. After three years in Peru I can say that this is my favorite museum in the country. It is a little expensive but the collection and presented information is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I love this museum. After three years in Peru I can say that this is my favorite museum in the country. It is a little expensive but the collection and presented information is excellent. The restaurant and the grounds are also beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What an incredible educational experience. Our tour guide chose one specific cultural group - the moiche - to focus on and we learned a tremendous amount. The guide was so well versed and passionated about the subject it was contagious. I highly recommend .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

A brilliant window into the long history of Peru. Well structured with priceless artifacts. Have lunch at their upmarket restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a good starting point to understanding the history and culture of Peru, the artifacts are in great condition and you are able to get a great sense of what life was life back then.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Our group visited this Museum on our first day in Lima and it was a wonderful introduction to Peru and the Inca culture and history. The collection is vast and our Guide was very informative in explaining each of the different displays (rooms). The pottery, ceramics, jewellery and displays are amazing. The grounds are beautiful and it was a pity... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

First of all, this museum opens till 10pm, so very convenient for people who don't have time to visit during the day. Price for the ticket is 30 Soles for an adult. A bit of pricy, but you cannot see these interesting collections anywhere else. Before I went to this museum, I did not know all of the civilizations besides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Wow, what a place to visit. Museums can be stuffy, or just full of stuff, but not the Museo Larco. This is one of the most interesting and beautifully presented exhibits I have every been to, and I have visited a lot of museums in my day. Each display or exhibit made you want to find out more about it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

I liked this museum very much since you get a lot of information on pre-Inca and Inca cultures from a huge collection of ceramics that depict different peoples and their daily activities, warfare, births, sacred places, sex of all kinds; pretty much everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This museum was founded in the 1920's by Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle and reportedly contains more than 45,000 works of art, many of which Hoyle uncovered in his own time. There are pre-Columbian, pre-Inca and Inca carvings, statues, pottery, textiles, silver wear and gold masks, rings, earrings, hats etc all extremely well laid out and beautifully displayed. Every exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We pre-arranged for an English speaking guide and had the distinct pleasure of spending more than an hour with Miguel Angel Medina. His knowledge and style of guiding us through the vast and amazing installations was a highlight to our first personal and intimate introduction to the rich and long culture of Peru. He was engaging and truly made history... More 

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