Museo Rafael Larco Herrera
Museo Rafael Larco Herrera © Lyndsay Ruell
This fantastic museum houses the largest and most impressive ancient ceramic collection in the world, with thousands of pre-Columbian 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.
The museum's collection extends beyond pottery, with more than 45,000 artefacts, spanning 4,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history, including jewellery, statues, masks, crowns, and garments. The museum is housed in an 18th-century mansion and is surrounded by a beautiful, award-winning garden. The Larco Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lima, and probably the best place to get an overview of pre-Columbian art and culture in the city.
Address: 1515 Avenida Bolivar, Pueblo Libre.