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Larco Museum, Lima

Larco Museum, Lima (must see)

The Larco Museum is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima, Peru. Housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid, it showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery. In 1925, Rafael Larco Herrera acquired a collection of vases and other archaeological pieces from Alfredo Hoyle, who was his brother-in-law. There were approximately 600 ceramic pieces in all. The arrival of these objects ignited a collector's enthusiasm in his son, Rafael Larco Hoyle. Soon after, Larco Herrera left his son in charge of the collection and those pieces completed the first collection of what would become the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum.

During that same year, Larco Hoyle received some advice from his uncle, Victor Larco Herrera, a founder of the first museum in Lima. He urged Larco Hoyle to form a new museum in Lima, one that could guard all the archaeological relics that were continually being extracted by clandestine excavators. Larco Hoyle agreed with his uncle and proceeded to create a museum that would carry on his father's legacy. Larco Hoyle purchased two large collections: 8,000 pieces from Roa and 6,000 pieces from Carranza. He also purchased several small collections in Chicama Valley, Trujillo, Virú, and Chimbote. Within a year, the collection had grown significantly and display cases were installed in a small house on the Chiclín estate. On July 28, 1926, Independence Day, the museum opened its doors to the public. The Larco Museum now lends some of its collection to its daughter museum, the Museo de Arte Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Art Museum), located in Cusco, Peru.

The Museum has several permanent exhibitions. The Gold and Silver Gallery showcases the largest collection of jewelry used by many notable rulers of pre-Columbian Peru. It comprises a collection of crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, garments, masks and vases, finely wrought in gold and decorated with semi-precious stones. Ancient Peruvian cultures represented their daily lives in ceramics, and this gallery holds the world's largest collection of erotic ceramics. The Cultures Gallery provides visitors with a comprehensive view of cultures that existed in pre-Columbian Peru through the extant indigenous art that has survived since the 16th-century Spanish conquest. This hall is divided into four areas: North Coast, Center, South, and cultures from the highlands. Other galleries include the Lithic, Vault, Ceramics, Metals, Textiles, and Storage in which visitors have the opportunity to view the Museum's entire collection of classified archaeological objects. The Museum Gallery Shop has a wide variety of ceramic, metal and textile reproductions made by skilled craftsmen from all over Peru. The reproduction techniques for these pre-Columbian artifacts have been formalized and each piece is assessed by the museum to ensure quality.

Why You Should Visit:
To look through literally thousands of excellent pieces of pre-colonial art in a gorgeous setting.
There are many public and private museums in Lima, but none as unique or pleasing as the Larco.
The outdoor gardens are very beautiful with lots of flowers, but the real highlight is the unusual erotic pottery exhibit.

Tip:
Don't miss the wonderful restaurant with great service and yet another gorgeous setting (book in advance and make sure to order a 'pisco sour' when you visit).
Having a tour guide walk you through the museum's many masterpieces, including the 'erotic' archaeological treasures, will enhance the experience.
Take 10 minutes to also look through the masses of undisplayed pieces in the rooms across the courtyard – many not represented in the main collection.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-10pm; 9am-6pm (Dec 24/25/31, Jan 1)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Larco Museum
Sight Location: Lima, Peru
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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