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Museo Larco: the fascinating civilisations of the New World


One of the most magnificent national ceramic collections is exhibited in this former royal residence of the 18th century.

The Museo Larco, one of the leading museums of Lima, was founded in 1926 by Rafael Larco Hoyle, a Peruvian archaeologist and avid collector of pre-Columbian sculptures. It has many original pieces. More than 50,000 vases are listed and thousands of objects can be seen under glass.

An exceptional collection of Moche ceramics from the first century to the eighth demonstrates the creative diversity of this little-known culture. The exhibition is a visual encyclopaedia unmatched in the Americas.

Equally fascinating are the richly embroidered textiles and ceramics, and the remarkable masks, jewellery, and works in precious metals, which span more than 4,000 years of history and many cultures, including Cupisnique, Lambayeque, Virú, Chimú, and Inca. Admission is free.

Museo Larco
Av. Simón Bolivar 1515
Pueblo Libre
Lima 21

+51 (0)1 461 1312

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