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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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As someone who loves history and artifacts the Larco certainly has more than their fair share of pottery! The exhibits are well laid out and showed the historic progression of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

As someone who loves history and artifacts the Larco certainly has more than their fair share of pottery! The exhibits are well laid out and showed the historic progression of pottery. The museum also had other gold and woven artifacts that are important to Peruvian history. Part of almost every ancient culture is fertility. Peruvian culture is no exception. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing archeological collection of Ancient Peru. It also have mind blowing storage - where thousands of statues are in display without proper description, but you can see them all in many-many rows. We liked the museum very much!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

When I was growing up in LIma we called this the pornogrpahic museum but now, the "new Larco" has turned pre-Incan and Incan pots depicting different sex acts into a class act. First, ithe grounds are much better and the cafe next to the museum serves excellent Peruvian food. The pots are explicit but curated in a manner that lets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Pre Inca ceramics especially good. Excellent interpretation and clear introduction to preColumbian cultures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Perfect intro to Machu Picchu and other Pre-Colombian archeological sites throughout Peru. Surprisingly well-curated with info beside each piece in 4 or 5 languages. A beautiful little oasis in a not-so-great area in Lima. Accessible by taxi from Miraflores. Worth the 25-30 min cab ride.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

It had been recommended as the best to see and we where glad we went.It is concentrated on ceramics which is not our favourite viewing.The setting is lovely and the restaurant very trendy and cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Museo Larco houses a huge collection of Incan and pre-Incan art. A great way to spend an afternoon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I'll admit it, Pre-Columbian is not my cup of tea, BUT, the museum has an extraordinary collection. Traveler Tip: You do not need a guide. Exhibits are accompanied by useful explanations and without a guide you can set you own pace, for certain areas will have more interest than others. And yes, the erotica is as advertised. Of note, one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Incredibly interesting, a little oasis in the middle of an extremely busy part of the city! Beautiful buildings, very friendly staff and very interesting artifacts and introductory video (in English for us). Lovely cafe that we didn't get the chance to eat in but I'd imagine it was lovey! Staff ordered a taxi for us, great little shops. A lovely,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum and fabulous lunch in garden. If in Lima don't miss this exceptional place. Lots to learn and having a guide is really helpful.

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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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