Fuchsia bougainvillea tumbles over the white walls surrounding the home of the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. The oldest pieces are crude vessels dating back several thousand years. Most intriguing are the thousands of ceramic "portrait heads" crafted more than a millennium ago. Some owners commissioned more than one, allowing you to see how they changed over the course of their lives. The sala erótica reveals that these ancient artists were surprisingly uninhibited, creating everyday objects adorned with sexual images. This gallery is across the garden from the rest of the museum. Guides are a good idea, and are just S/35 per group. The café overlooking the museum's garden is an excellent option for lunch or dinner.
Aug 21, 2007
This is one of those little treasures you don't expect to find in South America. The museum was fantastic! It's a private museum run by the family of the archaeologist and founder. They have a collection of about 45,000 pre-Columbian objects including a spectacular Erotic Gallery featuring ceramics in all sorts of positions. It's definitely a must see!!