Larco Museum of Lima

The Larco museum is one of the most important in the city of Lima. It exhibits ceramics, textiles, objects of gold, silver and more; from the beginnings of civilization in Peru to the immense Inca empire. It stands out for its collection of 'huacos portraits' from the Mochica culture. Also for its spacious and educational rooms. It was founded in 1926 by archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle making it one of the oldest museums in the country. It can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm.


The Rafael Larco Herrera archaeological museum exhibits one of the most complete collections of pre-Columbian art in Peru.

It was founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, who donated part of his private collection to form the beginnings of the museum.

It is one of the oldest museums in the country. Its most famous collections are its gold and silver objects as well as a collection of 'erotic huacos', mainly from the Mochica culture.

The exhibited objects cover five thousand years of history of pre-Columbian Peru. Ceramics from the Mochica cultures stand out, as well as textiles from the Nazca culture. Of course it also exhibits objects from the Inca empire.

It has a permanent exhibition room as well as a room that shows an 'erotic gallery'. It also has a garden area and a cafeteria.

The museum owns is the first to publish an online catalog. It also offers publications and an important research area.

The museum lends part of its collection to some rooms abroad as well as to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in the city of Cusco.


The museum is located on Avenida Simón Bolívar 1515 in the Pueblo Libre district.

How to get there?

The museum is 6.3 kilometers from downtown Lima and 9 kilometers from Miraflores district, where most tourists stay.

To get there it is a good option to take a taxi (price of the trip between 5 to 10 dollars).

Another option is to take public transport. From Miraflores you can take the bus line 'IO-89'. The trip lasts almost 1 hour.

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Rafael Larco Hoyle

The museum is named after the important Peruvian archaeological Rafael Carlos Víctor Constante Larco Hoyle (1901 - 1966). He was the son of the famous businessman, politician and philanthropist Rafael Larco Herrera.

His secondary and higher studies were carried out abroad. He returned to Peru in 1923 as president of the hacienda that his family inherited. From a very young age he was interested in archeology, influenced mainly by the collection of pre-Columbian ceramics that his father owned.

Through the years he inherited and acquired different collections of art from ancient Peru. Thus, in 1926 Rafael Larco Hoyle gathered more than 45 thousand archaeological pieces to found the Larco Museum in Lima.

The first object in the museum was a Mochica portrait that was a gift from his father Rafael Larco Herrera in 1923.

Rafael Larco Hoyle also stood out for his important research on archeology. His research focused mainly on the cultures of the north coast of Peru: Mochica, Chimú, Cupisnique, Salinar and more.

In 1953, the sugar businesses caused him to move from the Chiclin farm in the north to the city of Lima. The transfer included the large collection of archaeological objects that were located in the colonial house of Pueblo Libre, where they continue to this day.

The museum rooms

The museum has a permanent exhibition room as well as a special room for 'erotic huacos'.

Permanent exhibition:

Exhibition of erotic huacos: This room is also called 'Erotic room' because it is made up of the famous 'erotic huacos' of the Mochica culture and other civilizations of the north coast in ancient Peru:

These are the exhibits:

Other services

The Larco Museum in Lima also has a video room, a research room as well as a large and pleasant cafeteria.

The place also offers custody of belongings, free Wi-Fi, exhibitions in different languages, public telephone, parking service, toilet services as well as the Larco museum, boutique store.

Price of admission

This is the cost of the entrance ticket to the museum:

You can buy tickets at the door of the museum or online through the museum's website.

Hours of operation

The museum's hours of operation are from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Museo Larco de Lima
Museo Larco de Lima
Museo Larco de Lima
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More information

The museum has ramps and easy access for people in wheelchairs, baby carriages and even guide dogs.

Non-professional photographs (without flash) are allowed inside the museum's exhibition rooms. However, the use of tripods, selfie sticks and other implements for professional production is not allowed.

Take advantage of your visit to the city of Lima to visit other museums such as: the Pachacamac site museum, the Lima art museum (MALI), the Huaca Pucllana site museum, the national museum of archeology, anthropology and history of Peru, etc.

The museum's website also has an 'online catalog' that is freely accessible to anyone. By requesting permission by email, the collection can also be accessed for research purposes.

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