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“A Must-See”
Review of Museo Larco

Museo Larco
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US$ 12.50*
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Larco Museum Admission Ticket
Ranked #1 of 354 things to do in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You may think you know a lot about Inca civilization but a trip to Museo Larco will impress you with how much more there is to learn. Primarily driven by one man, this museum’s permanent collection walks one carefully and methodically through the discovery, research and cataloguing of the earliest known settlements around Peru.

The tour begins with a 10-minute video, running on a continual loop that alternates between a Spanish version (with French subtitles) and an English version (with German subtitles). All the displays are fully-labeled in many languages, including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, etc.

As the early tribes/cultures developed over time, so did their command of agriculture, textiles, ceramics and metallurgy. This unfolds as one moves from room to room through the exhibition. The culmination is the complete set of funerary decoration in gold, one of the few in existence. See photo below.

It takes about 30 minutes by taxi from Miraflores to reach the Museo, located in the Pueblo Libre barrio of Lima, but don’t be put off by that. The visit justifies the travel. Go there.

Highly- recommended.

Thank Marguerite B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank FAB033
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Bill P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank jlizama16
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