Museums of Lima
Duration: 41/2 hours
Price: $114 per person, minimum 2 persons.
Departure for visit two of the most important museums in Lima: Larco Archaeological Museum and Gold Museum. The Larco Museum was founded in 1926, is the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art; with an astonishing array of gold, silver, semi-precious stones and textiles. The collection's predominant strength is in Mochica ceramics, from the north coast of Peru, of which the erotic ones are the most famous. Their notoriety ought not to obscure the fact that the museum presents a complete view of the cultural development of ancient Peru through a selection of its 45,000 pieces, housed in
a colonial building of the 18th century. Continue the visit to the privately-operated Gold of Peru Museum (Museo de Oro del Perú); gold, ceramic and textile masterpieces form the most magnificent collection of ancient Peruvian art in the world, treasures little-known and rarely exhibited outside the country. Objects include monumental necklaces, funerary masks, scepters, ceremonial cups, tumis (sacrificial knives), nose rings, earrings and idols, all fashioned of sumptuous gold and semi-precious stones. The downstairs vault features the gold artifacts. The second floor gallery contains marvelous ceramics and textiles and the annex gallery (behind the main building) features textiles and feather mantos of unbelievable quality.