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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
Fee: Yes
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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absolutely beautiful grounds. The ferns were amazing and the flowers were a rainbow. The food was good too. But, was hard to notice with the spectacular setting. We had the ahi de... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

absolutely beautiful grounds. The ferns were amazing and the flowers were a rainbow. The food was good too. But, was hard to notice with the spectacular setting. We had the ahi de Galliano (sp) ravioli which was delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic cultural pieces from the pre-incan times. Beautiful settings. A gentel introduction for your trip to (north) Perú. Restaurant: fine, but there are much better elsewhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We went there as part of a tour and had lunch, which was very good, authentic Peruvian cuisine. There were some shops but the best part was walking through the museum. Our tour guide gave an in-depth presentation of the pre-Incan cultures on display and helped us understand the origins of the people of Peru. Loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We found a good cross section of material describing pre and post colonial Peru. There is also a restaurant were on can eat after or during a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Housed in a beautiful 18th century mansion, this museum boasts an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art and artifacts from all across Peru. The best way to explore its vast collection is by doing a guided tour which can be arranged without prior reservations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The collection at the Museo Larco is a must see! The number of pieces they have is unbelievable. The gardens are amazing - it is a hidden delight among the city. The layout is beautiful and the pieces they have on display are amazing. This is definitely a must see if you are in the area. We also had lunch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

There are so many exhibits to see at this museum that one day is not enough. There is much history going over a vast timeline. Pottery, textiles, art, masks just make up some of the exhibits. There's a beautiful, garden-like restaurant at the museum with great food and service. There's an entrance fee and gift shop. Make sure you take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This museum gives a very good overview of the pre Inca period. It also has an erotic section which is fun. Good restaurant and lovely building too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting and complete museum. Don't forget to look at the rest of the museum on the bottom floor. Yeap, the most interesting part....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I have traveled to Lima for years to visit family. The Museo Larco has an incredible ceramic collection, a must see. A truly phenomenal guide is Miguel Angel Medina who works out of the Museo Larco. His passion and knowledge of Moche culture is contagious. He is great with kids and makes the material accessible to all. Miguel Angel recommended... More 

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