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Museo Larco

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Neighborhood: Pueblo Libre
As featured in 3 Days in Lima and 3 other guides
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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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My Peruvian husband will not thank for for saying that most of the museums in Lima are, well, a little disappointing. So it was wonderful to find this gem hidden away off the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The setting at Museo Larco was absolutely beautiful and that alone made the trip worthwhile. There are loads of gorgeous flowers, plus there are hanging lanterns that are filled with lit candles at night...truly awesome scenery. The food and service, however, were just okay....good, but not great. They were out of the appetizer that my husband ordered and then actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My Peruvian husband will not thank for for saying that most of the museums in Lima are, well, a little disappointing. So it was wonderful to find this gem hidden away off the beaten track. A stunning building to start with, an amazing private collection, and an outstanding restaurant (albeit not cheap) to boot. Definitely worth a specific trip, we'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum. We did it as an extra tour with Gate 1 and our guide Jose was fantastic! Lots to see, well displayed and a great little gift shop and coffee shop with gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Location was 45 minutes to 1 hr away from Miraflores. Taxi charged us 20 soles. Due to somewhat secluded location I had doubts as to taxi availability. Don't despair though, go directly to the gift shop and ask them to order you a taxi, they have direct contacts with drivers with predetermined rates. Return trip we were charged around 18... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Everyone knows the Inca but I was having trouble figuring out all of the different groups that contributed to precolonial Peru, where they were located and how they fit together. Two great charts at the entrance to this museum fit the pieces together nicely and it just got better from there. Every description is written in 4 languages and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Most of the pre inca cultures are shown here. Vey old textiles and beautiful cloths are perfectly displayed as art objects. Many ceramics and stone work. The miscalled erotic ceramics are here, it is mostly of fertility. The Quipus, strings with knots, which contained Inca data ; very interesting. The gold pieces are superb . It is worth the visit,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Second time I visit this museum. Love the pieces and the presentation. Great way to get to know better this incredible culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This museum is great to visit if you are in Lima and specially before going to Machu Picchu since you can learn so much about pre inka groups and of course the inkas as well. Their displays are very informative and it is set up on a way that keeps you motivated to learn more and see more. Don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very informative and interesting. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable. It took a little over an hour, and I was time well spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, private museum with unique history. Save time for a few minutes in the restaurant, very relaxing and picturesque.

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