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Av. Simón Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre 15084

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Named after the collector and father of Peruvian archaeology, Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Museo Larco boasts the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. Housed in an 18th-century mansion, the museum fascinates visitors, who say the historic treasures housed within provide insight into the many indigenous cultures that once thrived in Peru. The collection includes more than 50,000 ceramic pots, as well as an extensive collection of gold and jewelry, including ceremonial headdresses.

The museum also features a well-known collection of erotic pottery that dates back thousands of year. (For families bringing little ones, this exhibit is secluded from the rest of the museum and is located across the garden.)

You'll also find a popular open-air cafe on-site, which travelers say is a good option for lunch or dinner.

You can find the Museo Larco on the southwest portion of the Historic Center and Avenida Simón Bolivar west of the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Peru. The museum is open seven days a week (including holidays) from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission costs 30 sol (about $9) for adults and 15 sol (about $4.50) for children. For more information, check out the museum's website

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