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Museo Larco

Listed under Museums in Lima, Peru.

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The Larco Museum is located in Pueblo Libre in Lima; it is housed in an 18th century mansion built over a 7th century pyramid. The museum was created in 1926 by Rafael Larco Hoyle, a famous Peruvian archaeologist who discovered many Northern pre-Columbian civilizations such as Cupisnique, and who helped redefining the Mochica culture. The Larco museum has just been renovated. The permanent exhibition is divided into the different main pre-Columbian areas (North, Centre, South and the Highlands) and offers a complete and very rich collection of ceramic work, showing all the different techniques they used. There is also an important collection of jewelry made of various typical semi-precious stones and a textile gallery. Although this museum is famous for its Mochica area, it also offers a really interesting and complete collection of Chimú, Lambayeque, Virú, Nazca, and Inca art including crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, garments, masks and vases, finely wrought in gold and decorated with semi-precious stones. The new organization of the museum also offers a thematic approach of the pre-Columbian civilizations, such as the sacrificial area which shows various ornaments and instruments used for sacrifice. The erotic Gallery has become one of the most appreciated areas of the museum; it provides curious pots and sculptures that are more than realistic (with moralistic or just humoristic purposes). This shows us the different sexual behaviors those civilizations had. The whole museum can easily be visited in an hour and a half but if you still have some time and you are not in a hurry, I would advise you to sit at the café Del Museo where you can have a drink or order typical Peruvian food or to have a walk in the peaceful garden. The menu was made by Gaston Acurio, a very famous Peruvian chef and it is really affordable.

The Larco Museum is truly a man wonder for those who are keen to learn more about pre-Columbian art or those who just want to know a bit about the Peruvian cultures.

Av. Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre.

Lima 21, Perú

09:00 - 18:00 hrs

Museo Larco.

Written by  An´So.

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The only Peaceful place in Lima!

Of all the tourist sites in Lima, I have to admit that the Larco Museum is my favorite! I can spend a whole afternoon there without realizing that the time is flying! It is a timeless place, you walk around, and you are surrounded by pieces of art that are incredibly fascinating. Then I enjoy my little walk in the gardens, there I always find some rest, and it is difficult to actually imagine that you are still in Lima when you are in the Larco Museum!

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