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“Amazing collection of inca huacos”
Review of Museo Larco

Museo Larco
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$12.50*
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Larco Museum Admission Ticket
Ranked #1 of 333 things to do in Lima
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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“Amazing collection of inca huacos”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Be sure to take a guided tour (excellent English speaking guides). I had visited the museum several times on my own but in my last visit I hired a guide and I learn a lot. The fee is nominal.

Visited February 2013
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“Flowers and setting equal the artifacts”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

An overcast winter day was brightened by a visit to this museum. As you enter the gate, you are greeted by a three store wall if colorful flowers - bougainvilla. After paying for admission, it was up a steep ramp again with flowers in may colors all the way up.

The museum itself has another courtyard entrance with a friendly greeting at the desk. The exhibits are well described in spanish, english, french ... Every effort is made to make the history of the last 2000 years accessible to all, The battle axes, nose plates, cermonial vessels,,, are all clear and well presented.

There is as a storehouse that you can visit to see the multiple examples of the fine art. A true treasure store.

On the lower level, there is a delightful and colorful garden that includes a fine restaurant. One of other attractions is the exhibit of erotic art which was a speciality of the museum founder.

Visited June 2013
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Lima, Peru
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“9,000 years of Peruvian craft represented, including Erotic Art”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Very interesting. The museum is located in a working-class neighborhood, Pueblo Libre. I would just take a taxi there from Lima and back. Nothing to see around that area, but the museum shouldn't be missed. The art is housed in an hacienda, with nice gardens and grounds. The museum is small, you can see everything in an hour or so. You can view beautiful jewelry and ancient ceramics and textiles. Also showcased are weapons and the vessels the ancient indians used in sacrificial ceremonies. The section of erotic art is... well, interesting. I went with my grandma, so we kind of did quick tour of that section.

We combined our visit with lunch on the hacienda grounds, which are lovely, with earthen pots, orchids, lots of greenery and bougainvillea. The small restaurant features Peruvian dishes prepared in the style of one of the greatest Peruvian chefs, Gaston Acurio.

Visited December 2012
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

This museum beautifully displays some fascinating Pre Columbian Art. Mostly ceramics but there is also some Inca gold and silver jewelery. Exhibits are dated and explained. The museum has a pretty garden with a very good cafe and an outdoor terrace. Make sure you do not miss the erotic ceramics which are housed in a seperate room next to the cafe.

Visited May 2013
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“Well done museum.”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Museum guide was very much worth it. Fascinating history and explanations. Guide offered to take pictures of us then emailed photos of some of the more interesting artifacts.

Visited June 2013
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