Museo Larco

Avenida Bolivar 1515, Lima


Larco Museum is a is a pre-Columbian art museum in downtown Lima, Peru. Larco's building dates back to 18th-century. It used to be a vice-royal building that's constructed on a pre-Columbian pyramid of 7th century.

The museum bears Rafael Larco Herrera's name, the person who provided the basic collection of the museum. In 1925 he obtained a collection of 600 vases and other archaeological ceramic objects.

The museum opened up on Peruvian Independence day, July 28, 1926.

Larco Museum also features a daughter museum, named the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, located in Cusco, Peru.

The Museum's permanent exhibition represents 10,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is comprised of several halls. The Gold and Silver Gallery exhibits the largest collection of pre-Columbian jewelry. The museum has a whole gallery representing world's largest collection of erotic ceramics.

The Cultures Gallery shows the visitors the many cultures and civilization that in that lands. Cupisnique, Vicus, Mochica, Nazca, Inca and many more that you can learn here!
The museum entrance ticket costs 30 Peruvian Sol or ~10 USD per adult.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 22:00

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  • Kathy Bradham

    - 18 August 2018 -

    The Curator was genuinely enthusiastic. presenting interesting facts that were engaging to the visitors. Not only did he know the history and its significance in the culture, his ability to share that history made us feel as if we were living those time periods. Tremendous collection of artifacts. must see visit if visiting Lima. The museum gardens are beautiful!

  • Mark Schonwetter

    - 15 August 2018 -

    Great museum with a great restaurant. Beautiful gardens. Museum is well organized and very thorough. Well rated in professional publications. Lunch at the museum was really good and a memorable experience. Restrooms throughout the museum were clean and well stocked. English guide was knowledgeable and did a great job.

  • Michael Evans

    - 11 August 2018 -

    This is a wonderful museum, and a great place to stop while in Lima. Their artifacts are basically all original, and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. They also provide their services in several different languages (Japanese, English, French...), which I appreciated. I would very much recommend this to my friends.

  • Victoria Thomas

    - 09 August 2018 -

    Excellent museum. Fantastic tour. The restaurant is lovely. However, the restaurant asked me for my passport number on my signed bill when I paid by card and explained it was for the government whatever that means. Secondly, when I asked to plug my phone in the young man kindly said yes and took my turned off phone & charger to the bar to plug in while I ate. When it was returned it was turned on & no one could explain why and no, it doesn’t automatically turn on when you plug it in. :/ Other than that, really nice museum.

  • Victor Miyakawa

    - 27 July 2018 -

    Restaurant is highly recommendable. The setting is superb. My favorite dishes: Onion soup (excellent), loche ravioli and creme brulee (I can take strawberries in wine reduction, when available)

  • Hannah Catmur

    - 19 July 2018 -

    Verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting. Absolutely incredible collection of artefacts beautifully displayed. Make sure to check out the storage rooms and marvel at the amount of pottery in front of you. No trip is complete without seeing the erotic collection!

  • Shian Tong

    - 06 July 2018 -

    Amazing museum! During the evening visit, it was nice and quiet, allowed for alot of time to explore the collection. The pottery 'library' across from the exhibition hall was like a maze of Peruvian potteries. The garden was lovely, with whimsical lanterns placed about the made it truly magical. Highly recommended! PS, the taxi fare from the museum to major spot are listed beside the front gate, check before you get into a cab.

  • John Min

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Absolutely fantastic place. I highly recommend coming here in the evening. The food and drinks are surprisingly affordable (in soles) and delicious. Sit back, relax and take in the very quiet atmosphere of this establishment.

  • David Nguyen

    - 19 May 2018 -

    The museum entry cost 30 soles. They offer free ice cold water with a hint of orange! Beautiful floral decorated walls and a very cute atrium where you can enjoy food and coffee. The tours are free and there is also a 10 minute video over the museum and what it offers.

  • Barb Landis

    - 04 May 2018 -

    Neat museum with interesting sculptures, pottery, Incan attire and jewelry. Best museum I visited. Had artifact details in English, Spanish, Chinese and French. Costs an extra 30 soles if you want a guide. Very nice cafe/restaurant outside too. Food is yummy. Highly recommended!

  • vero ferra

    - 29 May 2018 -

    Hermoso y bien cuidado, ir con guía es lo ideal.

  • Milán G.

    - 04 May 2018 -

    Buenas infografías y una colecció enorme de huacos de diversas culturas prehispánicas. Muy recomendable.

  • Carolina Lago

    - 30 April 2018 -

    Mais de 45 mil peças

  • Vyacheslav Dukhin

    - 02 April 2018 -

    Хорошо утром побродить в тишине. Основные вещи про инков понятны сразу,в голове все укладывается без гида. Обязательно заходите в эротическую часть (без детей). Прикольно, что запасники тоже открыты.

  • Pietro Cianciarullo

    - 02 April 2018 -

    Uma das melhores atrações de Lima. Além do acervo que é impressionante, o jardim é muito agradável para um vinho no final de tarde.

  • Silvia Sola

    - 26 March 2018 -

    El lugar es precioso y la colección de piezas pre colombinas es abrumadora. Se hace un poco lío la visita pero merece la pena.

  • Maria De Los Angeles

    - 14 March 2018 -

    Es un museo muy completo sobre la historia de nuestro país.

  • Fanny S. Margom

    - 18 February 2018 -

    Tiene una amplia colección arqueológica de las culturas del centro de Lima, es muy recomendable visitarlo!

  • Felipe Alves

    - 14 February 2018 -

    Museo espectacular, el más bonito de Lima. No deje de visitar la sala erótica.

  • Silvia Regina G. Pereira

    - 19 January 2018 -

    Museu com uma coleção incrivel em casa belíssima, que preservou a cultura do Peru no país. Dicas:Vale a pena pagar o adicional pelo tour guiado, restaurante ótimo e loja com ótimos presentes.

Museo Larco tours

Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour

Experience two of Lima's top attractions on this evening tour. With your guide, first visit the Larco Museum (Museo Larco) to learn about pre-Columbian culture and see ancient artifacts like ceramics and pots, and then be wowed at the Magic Water Circuit (El Circuito Mágico del Agua), a spectacular...

Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

Experience one of Lima’s top museums at night! This evening out includes a guided tour of the fascinating Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts like jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into the cultures of ancient Peru. You’ll then sit down to a gourmet dinner of Peruvian dishes,...

Lima in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour, Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit

Experience all the quintessential attractions and activities of Lima in one busy but fun day! This full-day Lima tour combines city sightseeing with a seaside lunch, Peruvian history and a modern-day water-and-light show that will make your jaw drop. See landmarks like the Huaca Pucllana, Cathedral of...

Private Full-Day Best of Lima Tour

For the traveler who only has one day to spare in the capital city, this is the perfect tour for you! We'll cover all of the major highlights that Lima has to offer from pre-Incan history and colonial architecture to award winning gastronomy and culture. With your private guide and transportation...

Lima Must-See Landmarks Small-Group Tour

On this half-day, small-group tour you will visit the most important landmarks of the city of Lima including “Huaca Huallamarca,” a pre-Inca adobe pyramid. You will also visit Larco Museum, try a delicious desert at Cafe del Museo, and visit historical downtown Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site....

Larco Museum Admission Ticket

Get a glimpse into 5,000 years of Peruvian history with an admission ticket to Lima's Larco Museum. Located inside an 18th-century colonial mansion, this comprehensive museum offers the full picture of Peru's incredible culture and history. See how iconic sites like Cusco, the Nazca Lines, and Machu...

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