Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historía del Perú
Trace the history of Peru from the pre-ceramic period to the early republic. Displays include the famous Raimondi Stela, a 2.1m Chavín...
Centro de Idiomas
Overseen by the Universidad del Pacífico, it offers a 40-hour semester-long course, available in five levels.
Parque de la Cultura
Originally known as Parque de la Exposición, this newly revamped park has gardens and a small amphitheater for outdoor performances. Two...
Las Brisas del Titicaca
A lauded folklórica show near Plaza Bolognesi downtown, in an enormous venue.
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Bolívar 1515 · interesting places nearby
Museo Larco information
In an 18th-century viceroy’s mansion, this museum offers one of the largest, best-presented displays of ceramics in Lima. Founded by pre-Columbian collector Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926, the collection includes over 50,000 pots, with ceramic works from the Cupisnique, Chimú, Chancay, Nazca and Inca cultures. Highlights include the sublime Moche portrait vessels, presented in simple, dramatically lit cases, and a Wari weaving in one of the rear galleries that contains 398 threads to the linear inch – a record.
There’s also gold and jewels. Many visitors are lured here by a separately housed collection of pre-Columbian erotica illustrating all manner of sexual activity with comical explicitness. Don’t miss the vitrine that depicts sexually transmitted diseases.
The highly recommended on-site Café del Museo faces a private garden draped in bougainvillea and is a perfect spot for ceviche.
Catch a bus from Av Arequipa in Miraflores marked ‘Todo Bolívar’ to Bolívar’s 15th block. A painted blue line on the sidewalk links this building to the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historía del Perú, about a 15-minute walk away.