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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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Amazing! One of the most special places I have ever visited.

Do not miss this special place when you visit Lima. The collection is amazing and the presentation is fantastic. The gift shop is also great.

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

Do not miss this special place when you visit Lima. The collection is amazing and the presentation is fantastic. The gift shop is also great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

We decided to go later so that we could try the on-site restaurant. We arrived at about 6pm and spent about 90 minutes in the museum (which was excellent) and then had dinner in the restaurant. Excellent food. Excellent ambiance. Excellent service. They even provided alpaca blankets at table as it began to cool off. This place was one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very informative, beautifully presented collection. The building itself is amazing, covered with bright flowers and plants. We even had lunch at the restaurant and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

After what seemed to me to be a very 'interesting' taxi drive through the busy city of Lima, I was delighted to arrive at the beautiful and tranquil Museo Larco. I believe this place in Lima, Peru, is a MUST see! For those interested in anthropology and sociology, this collection of antiquities explains well the evolution of the pre-columbian inhabitants... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

If you plan to go to Cusco or Machu Picchu, this really is a must see. It will give you a good background in the pre-Spanish conquistador native tribes and their arts and crafts. It is not terribly well arranged--we were assaulted by rows and rows of pottery with not too much signage. This turned out to be a kind... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This museum is in a lovely Hacienda style building. You are surrounded by lovely gardens as you wander amongst the pre Colombian displays of pottery, jewelry and textiles. One entire area is dedicated to lovely pottery with long ago human faces so realistic each one unique, starring at us from another time. Beware if you are with small children there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This museum, located in an outlying district of Lima, holds an astonishing collection of Niche pottery, textiles,quips and metal objects. Well organized, with helpful explanations in multiple languages, it provides an almost overwhelming introduction to Peruvian culture prior to creation of the Incan empire. Among the many highlights are the huge repository of "spare" pots not on display in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Many treasures here that are well presented. Our own guide came with us so I can't comment on Larco guides. We had dinner at the cafe which was also excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Every room of this special museum is a treasure. Take a tour to appreciate the history behind its many unique pieces. If you visit Peru without visiting this museum, you will miss an important part of the country's history and culture. Surprises await.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Lovely and interesting. I'm glad we detoured to here during a layover. They only take cash for admission fee, though. There is a money machine on site.

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