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Introduction

Museo Larco

Museo Larco

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The Larco Museum (Spanish: Museo Larco) has become the most important tourist sight in Lima, it has the biggest private collection of pre-Columbian objects in the world. It is located in the Pueblo Libre district in Lima and is housed in an 18th century mansion built over a 7th century pyramid overlooking a really charming garden. The garden is a true colorful festival of perfumes that won the prize of the best garden in Lima in 2009.

The museum was founded in 1926 by the very famous Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle. The original idea of the founder was to share his passion for archaeology and his various improvements on pre-Columbian civilizations. Indeed, while trying to organize his father’s collection, he realized some objects didn’t have the same characteristics. He then decided to do some more research and finally discovered important civilizations in the North of the country.

The museum provides an excellent overview on 4.000 years of pre-Columbian history, organized in a geographic way and offers a complete and very rich collection of ceramic work, showing all the different techniques they used. It also includes an interesting collection of crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, garments, masks and vases, finely wrought in gold and decorated with semi-precious stones. The Larco Museum has just been renovated.

The Larco Museum is one of the few museums in the world that allows tourists to go in the storage area. In total, there are more than 45.000 pieces that one can admire. The Erotic Gallery provides really good information on the sexual habits those civilizations had. There you will find a lot of ithyphallic pots and sculptures from the Moche civilization with moralistic or just humoristic purposes. This gallery has become the most visited Peruvian attraction.

The information is made very clear to the tourist; they offer for example guided tours in Spanish and English in very small groups so everyone gets a chance to learn a lot about the collection and the civilizations. Moreover, for a better understanding, each showcase is explained in Spanish, English, French, German, Japanese and Italian.

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Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday: 9am - 6pm
(including holidays)

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Cost

Museo Larco

Museo Larco

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General admission: S/. 30.00
Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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Getting There

By Car/Taxi

- 15min away from the international airport Jorge Chávez of Lima
- 15 min away from Miraflores and San Isidro
- 3min from the Catholic University and from the San Marco university

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Eat

After your time in the museum, do not miss the Café del Museo, a lovely restaurant located in the gardens. It has a beautiful terrace, where the sunshine delicately penetrates by bits the massive ivy wall that separates you from the garden. Inside, the restaurant looks like a work of art as well, which is both cozy and intimate. The have a really complete menu offering Peruvian food, pasta, salads and soups, snacks and sandwiches. As a starer you will have a large choice including their delicious ceviche, or the papas a la huancaína. Then the menu offers Peruvian main course such as Lomo saltado, arroz chaufa & chicken. The deserts are grandiose: chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, lemon pies etc. They also have a children choice with pasta and burgers.

The Café del Museo is affordable and the food is one of the tastiest in Lima.

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Drink

The Café del Museo offers a really good choice of drinks as well. They have interesting wine and cocktail lists including the very typical Pisco Sour.

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