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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This Museum is in a quiet part the city, but the quality if the exhibits is exceptional and the gardens outside are stunning.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve lost count of the number of museums I’ve visited in every corner of the world - from the dauntingly comprehensive, like the Louvre or the Metropolitan, to the enchantingly specialist like this absolute gem nestling in a nondescript bit of Lima. What’s so wonderful about a museum like this is that you really don’t have to arrive with a great specialist interest: the collection itself, the way it’s displayed and explained, the sheer exuberance of Senor Larco’s ambition in putting it all together a century or so ago - all of these combine to grab your attention and your enthusiasm, and by the time you leave you actually feel you’ve learned something new that you’ll carry with you for a long time.

The Larco collection - in case you didn’t know already - brings together pre-Colombian objects, almost all of them ceramics, of the most extraordinary and imaginative and engaging kind. Although I didn’t count them, the blurb says there are thirty-three thousand objects, though mercifully only a few hundred are displayed in the main galleries, beautifully housed and lit, and well described (in both Spanish and English). Here you can see how the various isolated communities in different parts of Peru developed their own designs and techniques as they perfected the working of ceramics in the thousand years before Columbus arrived. And what a delight they are! Every aspect of these people’s lives is depicted, from hurling their poor captives from the tops of mountains to engaging in the most intimate sexual practices with one another (and apparently sometimes with their animals too). Those of a sensitive disposition will be reassured to know that the sexually explicit pieces are discreetly displayed in a separate gallery conveniently situated next door to the restaurant.

By the way, the thirty-two thousand or more pieces that don’t merit a place in the main galleries are all on display in an amazing series of storerooms that would do justice to an Indiana Jones movie. And most of them would merit a caption of their own in the world’s great museums.

To top it all, the museum is surrounded and swathed by a sea of bougainvillea and, if you arrive parched from the city’s endless traffic and famously overcast skies, there is an endless supply of free cool water flavoured with fresh oranges in a dispenser beside the ticket desk.

I don’t generally write 5-star reviews, and although I go to a lot of museums around the world I often find them exhausting and tiresome and badly curated. The Larco is different. It’s a delight. Don’t even think twice. Just go.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Full of incredible artifacts. Well laid out. Lots to see and Englush placards to explain what you are looking at. Beautiful grounds and well kept. Great spot to spend two hours or more

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Bill P
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is a place to go if you like the precolumbian art. Located far from city center in a safe and good neighborhood, you can go there by taxi. Huge Private collection, nice garderns, coffeshop, free wifi and a beautiful souvenir shop.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Great pieces of art and historic things. The museum has a nice flow and has a lot of details and information you can read to understand the objects and learn about culture of the civilizations that lived in Peru.
The building itself is gorgeous and has a magical garden full of plants and flowers in bloom. A must!

Date of experience: April 2018
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