Behind the high white wall hides a three-part private collection. In the main building are models of tombs, mummies and jewels of pre-columbian cultures to see, among others. the golden breastplate of a Chimú chief. In the archive, the ceramic finds pile up, and in the outbuilding, erotic ceramics of the Moche culture are housed.
The museum exhibits come from over 10,000 years of pre-columbian history, including a large collection of ceramic vessels with erotic images.
In addition to a permanent exhibition, special exhibitions are regularly presented in the museum. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of ceramic art with erotic depictions. The artfully designed ceramic models document the erotic practices of indigenous South American peoples thousands of years ago. The collection was compiled in the 1960s by the Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle after extensive studies of the sexual behavior of the pre-columbian groups.
In addition to the ceramics, gold works, jewels and textiles of various peoples are shown. This permanent exhibition presents valuable ornaments once adorned with the rulers of these indigenous societies. Imagine how the inhabitants of the Andean region looked like with nose rings, crowns and masks. In the gallery of cultures, you will learn a lot about 10,000 years of Peruvian history. It is divided into four parts based on the geographical location. The museum offers guided tours in English.
The museum was named after Rafael Larco Herrera, who started this collection of pre-columbian artefacts. The museum was opened on Independence Day 1926.
Address: Av. Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre
Phone: +51 14611835
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, daily from 9 am to 10 pm, except public holidays
Admission: Adults 30 Soles, over 60s 25 Soles, students, children under 15 15 Soles, children up to 8 years free