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Museo Rafael Larco Herrera

Museo Rafael Larco Herrera © Lyndsay Ruell
Museo Rafael Larco Herrera © Lyndsay Ruell

The museum houses a world-class collection of ancient ceramic items, with thousands of pre-Columbian clay pots on display. Most of its pieces come from the Moche Dynasty, whose people lived along Peru's northern coast between 100 and 700 AD. The Moche culture is recognised as having accomplished one of ancient Peru's most imaginative languages through the use of creative pottery. Indeed, their work provides wordless clues to all aspects of their civilisation. Visitors can learn about their dance, music, transport, religion and agriculture through their ceramic shapes and designs. The Moche are also renowned for their fascinating erotic pottery. Museum visitors will find examples on display in the separate 'Erotic Hall', and they depict ancient Peruvian sexual practices in a lifelike, explicit and often humorous way. Beyond pottery, the museum's collection includes crowns, masks, garments, statues and jewellery from around 4 000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. The Larco Museum is housed in an 18th-century mansion and is surrounded by a beautiful, award-winning garden. It remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lima.

Address: 1515 Avenida Bolivar, Pueblo Libre.

Website: www.museolarco.org