Museo Rafael Larco Herrera
The 18th century colonial-style museum houses the largest and most impressive ceramic collection in the world, with about 55,000 pre-Colombian clay pots on display. The collection concentrates on the refined ceramics of the Moche Dynasty, the people who lived along the northern coast of Peru between 200 and 700 AD. The Moche culture is recognized as accomplishing one of the greatest imaginative languages of ancient Peru through the use of creative pottery, providing clues to all aspects of their civilization without the use of the written word. One can learn about their religion, agriculture, transport, dance and music through their ceramic designs and shapes. The Moche are also renowned for their fascinating erotic pottery and the famous collection is on display in the separate 'Erotic Hall', depicting sexual practices of several Peruvian cultures in a lifelike, explicit and often humorous way.
Address: 1515 Avenida Bolivar, Pueblo Libre
Telephone: (0)1 461 1312 or 461 1835
Transport: Take a minibus to the Avenida Brasil and then another to Avenida Bolivar
Opening times: Daily 9am-6pm.
Admission: Adults PEN 30, concessions available