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Larco Museum (Museo Larco)
Larco Museum (Museo Larco)

Larco Museum (Museo Larco)

Av. Simón Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Lima, 15084

The Basics

Housed in an 18th-century viceroyalty mansion, the Larco Museum is a beautiful space favored among locals and tourists for its chronological overview of Peru’s rich history. Visit the neatly categorized rooms on your own or take a guided tour to get a thorough understanding of ancient Peru. To expedite entry, purchase advance tickets online.

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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner
Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner
star-4.5
$134.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Private tour and romantic dinner
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we had the whole museum to ourselves almost. It was amazing. The ambiance for dinner was very romantic as well. We would definitely recommend!
swffsufl, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

star-5
Wonderful Lima City Tour and Larco Museum
Ursula_R, Jan 2022
Half Day City Tour and Larco Museum
Gabriel was extremely knowledgeable. I learned so many things about Peru’s history. He gave us many explanations of the various paintings and other artefacts in the cathedral. There are also so many wonderful pottery in the Larco Museum which he bought to life. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour
Beverly_V, Jan 2022
The Larco Museum Tour - Lima must-see!
Great tour of the Larcos museum. My family really enjoyed it. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
A Must to Do
alain_g, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket
Beautiful museum. Unique discovery of pre colombian art and civilization from Peru. And wonderful services
star-5
Two thumbs up
Marissa, May 2021
Lima in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour, Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit
Ursula is very knowledgeable about Peru’s history. I got to sample all Peru’s dishes, appetizers, desserts with Pisco during lunch in one of their best restaurants. To top it a drink in a bar with a big Peruvian sandwich and Pisco again late afternoon before going to the magic water circuit. Highly recommended tour!!!
star-5
Great program
Yin L, Dec 2019
Lima in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour, Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit
We enjoy this program very much. The guide is very good. The Lunch buffet is good. The water funtain show is great!
star-5
Water and light spectacular
gldngrm1, Dec 2019
The Larco Museum + Magic Fountains Park
The Larco Museum was interesting and very detailed. The water park was an unexpected pleasure. Especially the light, water, and music show.
star-5
Larco Museum & Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour
Marian_O, Jun 2019
Larco Museum, Pisco Old Tavern and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour
Great private collections of pre-Peruvian artifacts from 3000 years ago. Must see with beautiful garden & surroundings. Tour guide, Victor, was very informative & knowledgeable. We had a nice pork sandwich with pisco sour. Nice water light show with history of Peru.
star-4
Good tour of City and museum
Pauline_R, Jun 2019
Half Day City Tour and Larco Museum
Booked as a 2.30 (around 5 hrs )30 hrs before message sent moved to 9.00, the tour lasted 4hrs. That said all to plan with Gabriel excellant very clear English. Went to places with a guide that the tourist would not be able to. Even with reduced time good value if you add admissions, taxis. The Larco museum is interesting. So we paid £37.00+ tips
star-4
Larco museum was amazing
susan_S, May 2019
Larco Museum, Pisco Old Tavern and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour
The museum was the real highlight of this tour. The water fountains were pleasant but would have traded them in for more time at the museum. Guide was informative, tour well organised. Enjoyed the visit to the tavern.
star-5
Absolutely wonderful
Amanda C, Aug 2018
Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner
My daughter's birthday was while we were in Lima, and she wanted to visit this museum. The whole experience was great. We were picked up at out hotel, taken to the museum, had a private tour of the exhibits, and dinner at the restaurant. The museum is pretty extensive for a private museum, and the displays are very well done. The restaurant was very nice, a beautiful outdoor setting with excellent food and pisco sours. If you only have time to see one museum, book this experience. You will not regret it.
star-4
Very good
MariePier_B, Aug 2019
Lima in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour, Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit
The tour was split into 2 tours of ~3h. We had a reservation at a restaurant in between. The tours were very interesting but the time allocated for the lunch was too long. However, very good tour with a local twist at a tavern!
star-5
Great tour!
Janice_B, Jul 2018
Larco Museum, Pisco Old Tavern and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour
We were fortunate to find a tour that went to 2 of out top Lima destinations, includes hotel pick-up and drop-off and gets you back at your hotel at a reasonable hour. The

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Larco Museum is a must-visit for history and archaeology buffs.

  • A stop at the Café del Museo is highly recommended for the beautiful garden views and a taste of Peru’s national dish, ceviche.

  • The museum also features a storage room, which is open for public viewing, with more than 45,000 arranged and cataloged pieces.

  • All of the museum’s exhibition rooms and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users. Free loaner wheelchairs are available on the ground floor.

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How to Get There

The Larco Museum is a 30-minute drive southeast from Miraflores. Alternatively, take bus IO-89 from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores and get off at the corner of Avenida Cipriano Dulanto (La Mar) and Avenida Juan Valer Sandoval (Cueva). The museum is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from the mid-morning until the late evening, although it closes earlier than usual on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. Lima is lovely in the spring and summer months, when the bougainvillea—which drapes over the historic white mansion—is in full bloom.

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The Story of Museo Larco

In the 1920s, Rafael Larco’s father gave him an ancient Peruvian vessel, sparking his interest in his country’s history and a desire to discover more artifacts. He was a pioneer in Peruvian archaeology and led many expeditions, funded by himself and private donors, to uncover thousands of artifacts and save them from tomb raiders. With a desire to display Peru’s beautiful history to the world, he decided to open the Larco Museum in 1926.

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Larco Museum (Museo Larco)