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    Museo Oro del Peru (The Gold Museum of Peru)

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    If you have seen the Antropological Museum, this is the second in dignity.
    Privat collections of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Numerous objects of gold or gold/copper/silver. Famous collections of pre-spanish findings, mostly from Chimu-Lambayeque and also bought piece by piece from collectors.
    In the same building as the Gold Museum you also will find a famous museum with arms (hand arms) and uniforms.

    No photos inside! Leave your camera to the guard.

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    Museo de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    If you are short on time visiting Lima, the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia is a must!
    In the museum there is a closely description of Peru and its human history.
    Contains unvaluables objects from all the peruvian cultures.
    See also a few pictures in the travellog.

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    Huallamarca

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    Archeological site, also known under the name “Pan de Azúcar” (Bread of sugar). Mummies and other findings are to be seen in the museum at the location. Huallamarca seems to have been abandoned in the sieclo XV or before that.
    There is a small but nice museum at the entrance. In the museum there is a mummie with a hair that is more than 2 m long.
    See also a few pictures from this impressing adobe construction in the travellog.

    Female mummie with hair 2 m long.

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    Larco Museum - Erotic Pottery Display

    by al2401 Written Dec 2, 2011

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    Pre-Columbians seemed to have an intersting perspective on the act of intercourse and this is represented in their pottery. This is one of the permanent displays of the Larco Museum and is one of the most popular. The articles, while explicit, are not in my opinion distasteful and the display is well worth a visit. It is included in the entry ticket.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Inquisition Museum

    by thebeatsurrender Written Apr 22, 2007

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    This place was kinda lame. There's an English speaking tour available and you get to see some wax figures and go down into an area that used to be like a dungeon or something. Our guide sounded like she was trying to justify the inquisition (Yes, they killed Jews, but only the ones that lied about secretly practicing"), which was really weird. The torture museum in San Francisco has more wax figures than this place. And yes, this place is so lame I just compared it to the torture museum in San Francisco. Skip this and go to the National Museum or one of the many other museums in Lima instead.

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    An inspirational experience in the Larco Museum

    by inkalover Written Mar 3, 2009

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    There have been many travel experiences for me before, many places I have seen, many people I have met. There were the sites and the grounds you step in for the first time. The impression you have when your eye can no longer focus because you just want to see everything. The impatience you feel while waiting to see and learn more about the place. Because in the end all that you remember from your traveling are your emotions and feelings. I have then decided to tell you about the most inspirational experience I have had while traveling Peru, which is the Larco Museum.
    When I first saw this place, I immediately felt home. The mansion seemed really impressive to me, but nothing like those cold lifeless pedant buildings. It was more like the sensation of entering a familial mansion, all painted white and where you expect giggles and children playing hide and seek in the garden. It even smelled of it. The colonial mansion overlooks wonderful gardens which seem to have been directly extracted from a painting of Claude Monet. The whole place appeals to all your senses and goes beyond just a “pretty” garden. The mesmerizing whiteness of the building is qualified by the blend of the various colors coming from all the flowers, the cactus and the birds and butterflies gently fluttering around them. There, I got to see a hummingbird for the first time. You get easily stricken and overwhelmed by the smell of bougainvilleas, orchids, geraniums, blue plumbagos, not to forget the famous “madre selva”, a typical flower from Peru, the smell of which basically blows your mind away.
    After having wandered in the garden, at the entrance, I was welcomed by the melodious singing of Juan Diego, a canary named after the great Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez. The entrance is a typical South American patio, in the middle of which stands a lucuma tree, which gives those juicy Peruvian fruits I enjoyed so much.
    The museum itself exudes the wisdom of an Ancient site and imposes some kind of silent respect. I suddenly felt at a loss for words, nearly voiceless and humble while confronted to the finest collection of pre-Columbian art I had ever seen. The atmosphere took my breath away; I think the dim lightening helped me feel in harmony with the pieces of art. Indeed, while walking through the gallery, every single object is lit in its own particular way, making each one of them really special and unique. An experience in the Larco Museum can not be complete without a final glass of wine in the Café del Museo, enjoying the gardens and the comfortable white sofas.
    This museum is nothing like those big, impersonal and bureaucratic museums that are more of a cold company trying to make profit rather than an artistic and cultural center. The Larco Museum is warm and welcoming, probably because it is the story of four generations of art lovers who have devoted their entire lives to creating an exquisite place to share their passion and to extend their family to all the visitors who, on their way to discover the world like me, get the chance to stop by their museum.
    This experience inspired me, not only because the place is amazing but mainly because I will always remember all the sensations it gave me, it was just a human experience.

    Front view of the museum Museo Larco Museo Larco and the Caf�� del Museo Entrance of the museum - Patio The erotic collection
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    Museo d'Oro

    by krissyM Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    This museum lost a lot of it's noteriety when a good portion of the museum was found to contain fakes. Supposedly they've cleaned up their act. The museum is split up into two sections the military section and the section containing Incan/pre-incan treasures. If Lima is your first stop in Peru this will probably be your first taste of the ancient Peruvian civilizations. This section contains a number of interesting mummies, pottery and artifacts that will certainly have you entralled.

    Also located at the museum are a number of shops selling upscale woolen garments and knick-knacks.

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    An inspirational experience in the Larco Museum

    by inkalover Written Mar 3, 2009

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    This museum is nothing like those big, impersonal and bureaucratic museums that are more of a cold company trying to make profit rather than an artistic and cultural center. The Larco Museum is warm and welcoming, probably because it is the story of four generations of art lovers who have devoted their entire lives to creating an exquisite place to share their passion and to extend their family to all the visitors who, on their way to discover the world like me, get the chance to stop by their museum. When I first saw this place, I immediately felt home. The mansion seemed really impressive to me, but nothing like those cold lifeless pedant buildings. It was more like the sensation of entering a familial mansion, all painted white and where you expect giggles and children playing hide and seek in the garden. It even smelled of it. The museum itself exudes the wisdom of an Ancient site and imposes some kind of silent respect. I suddenly felt at a loss for words, nearly voiceless and humble while confronted to the finest collection of pre-Columbian art I had ever seen. Every single object is lit in its own particular way, making each one of them really special and unique.

    Front view of the museum Museo Larco
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    Museo de la Inquisicion y del Congreso

    by hartti Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    In this museo you may see the work of inqvisitors, not only here, but all over the catholic world. Inqvisitors were great inventors and appliers of all kind of torture methods, and their systems are still used all over the world. One specially used torturing device is a Garrotte, developed here by conquistadores. For example, Inka Atahualpa was executed by that device.

    The ceiling of the inqvisition trial room is special. It has been made from 30000 wooden pieces.

    After seeing all these torturing methods it's time to go to the nearby Chinatown restaurant for a lunch. Bon apetit!!!

    The Trial Ceiling of Inqvisition Room Garrotting Device More Methods... Object of Inqvisition
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    Metropolitan Museum of Lima

    by hawkhead Updated Dec 9, 2013

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    Opened on 17th December, 2011, in the old Ministry of Communications building, this is the first museum in the world to be a complete audio/visual experience. Visit is by guided groups of 20-30 only. In Spanish only, although the group leader does speak excellent English and gave us a brief synopsis of each segment before it started. It would help if one knew just an outline of the history of Lima. Visit is divided into segments which relate the history of Lima from pre-historic to modern times, through the use of audio and visual and 3-D. Recommended for late primary-age and up. Not recommended for young children as a) they would not benefit and b) some sections are really frightening. We gave the visit a 8/10 but feel that once the tour is over, there should be the opportunity to look at leisure at more in the way of photos and other material. Loos are clean and modern but are at the beginning of the tour, and there are no facilities at the finish, so you would have to return to the start by going round the building on the outside. No cafe but I think this is planned. Entrance cost is S/.11 for adults, S/.6 for over 65s although we got an opening special of S/.4.

    Please note: written as of December 2013 - word is that this museum has not been maintained and as such the exhibits are not as they were when we visited in 2011.

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  • Museo Larco

    by An-So-Dg Written Jan 19, 2009

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    While traveling Lima I had the occasion to visit this amazing museum and I must admit it is one of the best I´ve ever seen. After a really funny journey by “combis” (those vans Peruvians use as buses), I had the pleasure to discover this imposing white 17th century manor which had been built upon an ancient 7th century pyramid. This museum was created by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926, a famous archeologist who discovered many pre-Colombian civilizations. The Larco museum is truly a man wonder; it is full of ceramic objects, jewelry, precious stones coming from the Chimús, the Lambayeques, the Mochicas and the Incas. There also is a stunning collection of tapestry and quipús (accountancy instrument used by the Mochicas and the Chimús). One of the various things you get to know better in this museum is the fact that there were many other civilizations, although we are prompted to know just about the Incas (who by the way only existed 200years before the colonization!!)…
    But what is really original in this museum is the fact that its storehouse is completely open, it offers then more than 45.000 art objects and makes it one of the very particular and precious museums in the world. After the main museum, you are more than invited to go down a bright little path surrounded by flowers to enter the erotic part. There you will find curious pots and sculptures that are more than realistic (with moralistic or just humoristic purposes). This shows us the different sexual behaviours those civilizations had. You can easily visit the whole museum in an hour but if you still have some time and you are not in a hurry, I would advise you to sit at the café-restaurant where you can have a drink or order typical Peruvian food or to have a walk in the peaceful garden. The menu was made by Gaston Acurio, a very famous Peruvian chef and it is really affordable.
    There I discovered a cultural paradise that I vividly recommend to all the travelers who get the chance to stop in Lima, on their way to discover the world…

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    Larco Museum - storage area

    by al2401 Written Dec 2, 2011

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    The Larco Museum is famous for its huge storage area which is open for viewing by the public.

    Most museums usually have only a small proportion of the total of their artefacts on display at any one time. At the Larco Museum visitors can wander through the storage area and view the approximately 45,000 items that have been catalogued and stored.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Museo Larco or Larco Museum

    by ruelllyn Written Jul 24, 2007

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    This is one of those little treasures you don't expect to find in South America. The museum was fantastic! It's a private museum run by the family of the archaeologist and founder. They have a collection of about 45,000 pre-Columbian objects including a spectacular Erotic Gallery featuring ceramics in all sorts of positions. It's definitely a must see!!

    Mochica Headdress From the Erotic Gallery Cupisnique Bowl
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    Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum)

    by lashr1999 Written May 6, 2006

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    The building which houses the museum is shaped like a fortress with old canons on the outside. It has housed the collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo for over 20 years. He purchased relics from tomb robbers and amassed a huge collection. It features gold figures, masks, jewelry, and other artifacts from the colonial and Inca periods. Other artifacts such as headdresses and mummies are also on display.

    The arms museum is upstairs. It houses various weapons, swords and uniforms from various eras and cultures. Items of the Pizarro brothers and Simon Bolivar are displayed here. To tell you the truth, I was more impressed by this museum than the gold museum downstairs.

    There are several problems that should be noted. Not everything in the museum is clearly marked. No photos are allowed inside. More importantly in 2001 it was found that many of the metal pieces in the museum were fake. It was said that the fake pieces were removed. Family members of the deceased Gallo said the pieces may have mistakenly been purchased fake, assistors may have introduced fake pieces, or fake pieces may have been introduced when they were loaned to outside museums overseas.

    Despite these problems the museum is worth a trip especially to see the museum of arms upstairs. One tip is, as you enter on the left side there is a store that sells relatively cheap handmade Peruvian goods. I wonder who will buy the pregnant Mary statue in that store

    Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum) Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum) Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum) Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum) Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold Museum)
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    Museo de la Nacion

    by lashr1999 Written May 7, 2006

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    If you are traveling to different sites in Peru, this museum will help to put everything you have seen or will see about ancient Peruvian culture together. The museum has several levels and covers ancient Peruvian culture from the pre-Inca to the Incas. If you hire a guide they make the exhibits even more worthwhile. After visiting Nasca, Machu Picchu and Cuzco the museum seemed to put everything in place. When walking through the museum you see paintings, costumes, ceramics and jewelry from different civilizations in Peru. You can see how different civilizations evolved from past ones and how they differ. In addition, you can see different types of erotic art and how they differ with each civilization.

    An important exhibit in the museum is the burial tomb of the senor of Sipan. It took 5 months to excavate and about 4 years to restore the grounds. The museum uses replicas to show the progress of the excavation until you reach the burial tomb.

    Here, you see the ruler with a gold headdress, gold earring, a silver/gold necklace, and gold facial ornamentation. In his right hand he held a scepter while in his left he held a staff. The ruler was surrounded by several companions. There were 2 females one laid at the top and the other at the bottom of the ruler. On the left side a llama, a dog and a warrior chief were buried. Around the tomb were jugs filled with ornaments and food. A guard was buried at the entrance of the tomb with his legs cut off.

    This was definitely a good place to visit, especially if you take a guided tour

    Museo de la Nacion Museo de la Nacion
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    Nov 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Wow! That's a lot of museums. It would take several days to visit all of them, It would probably take the entire day just to explore the Larco Museum thoroughly.

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