1515 Av Simón Bolivar, Lima, Peru
Larco Museum Lima Reviews
Erotic pottery, bright jewellry and over 200,000 pieces of Incan clay. Larco baby! Dec 07, 2013
This is definitely one of the niche museums of Lima. It's not based in the city centre, it's not even based in the tourist "path" so to speak, but is rather in a very non descript neighbourhood of Lima. But you know what, it doesn't matter! It's such a complete and made-for-tourists museum that it does draw the moths to the flame.
The easiest way to get here is by taxi. And it's safe. You walk into what looks like a nice big mansion with hanging flowers growing on the walls, and the fence. And it looks rich.
The ticket office is also in the tourist shop, you buy it and walk upstairs where you're asked to deposit your suitcase. You're ok to carry your camera with you and take pictures.
The displays all have 3 languages with descriptions, and the focus of most of the jewellry is around the burial and how these decorations/jewels were placed so Kings could be reborn the same way in the afterlife. There were tons of face masks as well, whilst another section was devoted to pottery and weaving.
My favourite section was paintings that had subliminal indigenous religious messages. Yes, apparently when the Spanish arrived, they didn't want the locals to follow their religion but switch to Christianity instead. So they encouraged the locals to paint Christian figures, but the locals painted sublimal references to their own religion (like the dress of Mary looking like one of the Inca holy mountains, etc.). Very intelligent!
I then walked through a room full of pottery. Apparently around 200,000 of these were unearthed from the entire country. It was nice to see all these stored in glass cases, although the pieces by themselves were ho-hum.
But walk downstairs to the lower layer, and you have one of the most interesting things I've ever seen in my life - the museum of EROTICA! I'd rather say less and have you see the pictures yourself.
And finally, as you walk out, you see the fancy rsnt that no one visits, but the seats do look amazing and very very fancy!
Overall, do visit this place. It's incredible!
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