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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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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A great display of pre-Colombian pottery with a beautiful garden

The amount of pottery from so long ago is overwhelming. Just looking at the graphics on the pottery gives you a good incite of how life was back in pre-Colombian times. This is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
Keith S
Cincinnati, Ohio

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The amount of pottery from so long ago is overwhelming. Just looking at the graphics on the pottery gives you a good incite of how life was back in pre-Colombian times. This is one of the best sites we've visited in Lima. There is a room with all the overflow pottery that will simply amaze you. There is a second... More 

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We were amazed by the different cultures that have existed in Peru. This collection is so well presented. The building itself and the gardens are beautiful, as well.There is a delightful cafe on the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful museum with an amazing collection of pottery, ceramics and textiles. Lots of text in five languages explaining historical cultures and traditions and uses for items. Excellent, very pretty, well serviced restaurant on site. Great hours (open til 10:00pm every day).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a very interesting museum where you will learn about not only the Incas but all the other cultures in ancient Peru. There's very material to read so similarly to other museums it is better to hire a guide to get the most of it. There's a beatiful garden with a cute restaurant to grab a snack or drink... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is an amazing amount of pottery there. They have shelves from floor to ceiling , room after room! There is also a display with costumes and jewelry but the pottery is the highlight. They are all old pieces used in death and sacrifice rituals. There is an exotic pottery collection as well in the basement! Pretty x rated too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely fantastic museum. Well laid out . Representative of all periods in Peru history. Extremely well laid out, informative bright and airy. Beautiful. Great ancient pottery, metals, fabrics....the highlight of the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must visit when in Lima. It was part of our tour and it is so fantastic I could go again. Our guide was great and so knowledgeable. He had so much information it made this trip so enjoyable. The collection is just fantastic and so well presented. They own over 45,000 items but not all are displayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An excellent museum exhibiting a private collection that spans pre-Colombian artifacts that covers the history of Peru. After a long extensive tour of Peru, the Larco Museum remained the best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our tour guide brought us to this museum. I was amazed by the museum reserve which is accessible to public, a unique moment since these reserves are normally not available for public seeing. Just amazing. Fantastic collection of potery, linen and other objects representing the different era of peru history. Definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is in a private home in a nice neighborhood in Lima. The walk up to the entrance is lined with flowering plants and the restaurant looks out on a flower-edged, brilliantly green lawn. The collection is fascinating. We were with a private guide so I don't know if they offer audio guides, but I hope so because there... More 

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