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Larco Museum - Treasures of ancient Peru

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Larco Museum - Treasures of ancient Peru

The Larco Museum is an archaeological museum that was founded in July 1926 by the Peruvian collector Rafael Larco Hoyle, who is considered one of the forerunners of archeology in the country.


In its beginnings, the museum was located in the Chiclín farm in northern Peru and in the 1950s, its founder decided to move to Lima, and with it, his collection, seeking to achieve a greater dissemination of its archaeological material.


Currently the museum is located in the district of Puerto Libre in a viceregal house dating from the year 1700.



New opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. at 7:00 p.m. | Sundays from 11:00 a.m. at 7:00 p.m.



Av. Simón Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Lima 21, Peru

Main entrance through Navarra street.

Phone: +51 1 461-1312



  • General admission: S / 35.00
  • Seniors (+60 years old): S / 30.00
  • Students and minors (up to 17 years old): S / 17.00
  • Children up to 8 years old: Free admission

Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the Museum's ticket office (subject to capacity).



The Larco Museum is a private museum of pre-Columbian art, located in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima, Peru. The museum is located in an architectural style building from the 18th century that was built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th century AD.


The Museum not only has its rooms, but also has beautiful gardens where orchids and different flowers are found, as well as a small restaurant overlooking these facilities where you can pause to have a drink or an aperitif.


The rooms keep permanent exhibitions and others that are constantly renewed so that whenever you go you will be able to find something new.


On the other hand, the museum also has more than one funeral mummy where you can see her art and the way death was conceived in ancient times.


It also has replicas of ceramics which are sold in their stores made by artisans who seem to be original, I remember that a guest of the hotel where he worked was detained at the Lima airport thinking that he was carrying an original heritage and happily had the ticket of purchase of the museum to be able to demonstrate that it was a replica, with this I tell you that the works of the museum store are true works of art, that does cost something expensive so only foreign visitors and collectors buy it mostly, anyway Taking a tour of the museum shop is recommended so that you can see the beauties that are made on a daily basis.


On the other hand, the museum also has a storage room where there are many pieces, where there are around 35 thousand ceramics and they are placed there with glass cabinets to be seen by its visitors, talking about the Larco museum is talking about culture Mochica, like her huacos portraits, there you will see them placed on shelves that are true works of art.



The Museum was opened in 1926 and has a unique and widely visited collection such as the famous erotic room for having within it a sample of different ceramics where the sample of its representatives is seen as reflecting things, sexual relations, masturbation , childbirth, among other things.


What to see in the Larco Museum?

The archaeological collection of the Larco Museum was made up entirely by Rafael Larco Hoyle from the 1920s until his death in the 1960s.


With highly curated permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Larco Museum offers a complete tour of pre-Columbian Peru.


Museum tour:

The museum tour begins with the Introductory room that guides visitors for their visit. In this room you will find historical information about the museum, its collection and its founder.


Gallery of Cultures where an incredible sample of ceramic pieces that belonged to the various cultures of pre-Columbian Peru is presented. It is a journey through more than 5000 years of history.


Sala Textil exhibits a collection of various cloaks and tunics from ancient Peru that have been kept in good condition for many years.


Sacrifice Ceremony Room exhibits pieces with graphic representations of the sacrificial rituals, typical of the time.


Ceremonial Containers Room exhibits gold and silver goblets, vessels and containers used in the most important ceremonies performed by ancient Peruvian societies.


The tour of the Larco Museum continues with the Gold and Jewelry Gallery, made up of 5 rooms where pieces made of gold, silver and copper can be found.


Finally the famous Erotic Art Gallery that shows archaeological pieces of pre-Columbian art with explicit representations of the female and male genital organs, and scenes of sexual acts.


In addition to the temporary and permanent exhibitions, you can also access the Warehouse where the rest of the pieces are perfectly organized chronologically and according to the theme they represent.


We recommend that you do not forget to enjoy the gardens of the Larco Museum, as well as its restaurant where you can taste Peruvian and international food and its boutique store with museum souvenirs.



The price of the tickets is: 

  • Adults: 30 soles.
  • Adults over 65 years: 25 soles.
  • Students: 15 soles.


The Larco Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 10pm

Christmas holidays: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, the hours are from 9am to 6pm


How to get to the Larco Museum?

We recommend using a tour to visit the museum as it is not a very touristy area.

The service of a taxi could also be convenient, anticipate the return at the same time. The trip from Miraflores can take between 15 and 30 minutes.


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