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Larco Museum

Discover treasures from 10,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history, including a large collection of erotic pottery, in this museum built on a 7th-century pyramid.

The Larco Museum showcases treasures from ten millennia of Peru’s rich history before the arrival of Spanish settlers. The exhibit halls are packed with surviving remnants from the lives of indigenous groups, such as the Moches, Chimus, Nazcas and Incas. The museum is located in an 18th-century mansion, which sits on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid. Its most famous feature is the collection of erotic pottery from Ancient Peruvian cultures.

Browse the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions. The museum claims to hold the largest collection of erotic pottery in the world. Examine enlightening ceramic models depicting sexual behavior in indigenous South American peoples from thousands of years ago. They were made in the 1960s by the Peruvian artist Rafael Larco Hoyle after extensive research on the sexual habits of pre-Columbian groups.

See the collection of treasures in the Gold and Jewelry Gallery. This permanent exhibition displays the precious ornaments that adorned rulers of these ancient societies. Imagine how they would have looked with these nose rings, crowns and masks. Uncover 10,000 years of Peru’s history in the Cultures Gallery. It is divided into four parts by geographical location. Take a guided tour in English of the museum.

Walk around the museum’s well-kept garden, which is full of colorful flowers. Relax in the serene and tranquil grounds. Dine at the site’s restaurant with a charming view of the garden. Peruse the museum’s gift shop for replicas of the models on display in the exhibitions. 

The museum is named after Rafael Larco Herrera, who started this collection of ancient artifacts. Its first opening day coincided with Independence Day in 1926. It is open daily from the morning until the night. There is a reasonable entrance fee.

The Larco Museum sits in the Pueblo Libre (Free Town) region in the southwest of the city. Take a bus to the stop along Mariano Cornejo and walk a few blocks south to the museum. You can take a taxi from the town center, which should take around 15 minutes. Near to the museum is a large park that incorporates a zoo and botanical gardens, called Parque de las Leyendas (Park of Legends).


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Lima, Lima (region)
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Pueblo Libre, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Larco Herrera Museum, Plaza San Miguel Mall, and Costa Verde. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and National Museum of the Archaeology Anthropology and History of Peru are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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    Calle Daniel Hernandez 612, Pueblo Libre, Lima, LIMA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pueblo Libre, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Larco Herrera Museum and National Museum of the Archaeology Anthropology and History of Peru. Great Craft Market and Plaza San Miguel Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Lima, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Larco Herrera Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza San Miguel Mall and Costa Verde. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Major National University of San Marcos are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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        Habitación Pueblo Libre San Miguel PUCP

        Habitación Pueblo Libre San Miguel PUCP

        2095 Av. Universitaria, Lima, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pueblo Libre, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Plaza San Miguel Mall. Costa Verde is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

          Bertello Bed & Breakfast $20
          Bertello Bed & Breakfast

          Bertello Bed & Breakfast

          855 Av. Alejandro Bertello, Lima, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in La Luz, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Larco Herrera Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza San Martin and Plaza San Miguel Mall. Costa Verde is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

            Apart Premiere Silver SEA Building $55
            Apart Premiere Silver SEA Building

            Apart Premiere Silver SEA Building

            Lima, Lima (region)
               
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              Located in San Miguel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leyendas Park and Plaza San Miguel Mall. Costa Verde is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

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              Lima, Lima (region)
                 
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                Situated in Lima, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Larco Herrera Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza San Martin and Plaza San Miguel Mall. Costa Verde is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

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                Santa Maria Hotel Lima

                Santa Maria Hotel Lima

                Av. La Marina 1499 ,San Miguel, Lima
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in San Miguel, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Larco Herrera Museum, Plaza San Miguel Mall, and Costa Verde. Leyendas Park and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru are also within 1 mi (2 km).