Some fifty years after its move to Lima, the museum underwent a renovation process, in order to offer an unforgettably complete experience to every one of its visitors. Since that time, it has been known as the Museo Larco, and as a gateway to all those seeking a better understanding ancient Peru.
In 1926, at the age of 25, Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the Museo Larco. With the help of his father, he managed to acquire several archaeological collections from Peru’s northern coast, bringing together some 45,000 pieces.
Faced with the lack of archaeological information of the 1920s, Rafael Larco Hoyle was devoted to the study of ancient Peru. He began his own scientific research and excavated at a number of archaeological sites on Peru’s northern coast. Therefore, he is considered one of the pioneers of Peruvian archaeology.
His investigations led to a series of notable archaeological discoveries, as well as the publication of scientific texts. His stratigraphic studies were important to understand the depth of our pre-Columbian history.
In 1946, he presented the first chronological ordering of northern coastal cultures, even before the development of the radiocarbon method of dating. That same year, he oversaw and organized the Chiclín Conference on the archaeology of the northern coast of Peru.
The Rafael Larco Hoyle’s greatest legacy is the Museo Larco, which today allows us to connect with the ancient Peru through an extraordinary and comprehensive archaeological collection.
In 2001, with the support of Fundación Telefónica, the museum embarked upon the task of electronic cataloguing, and since 2007 the entire collection has been available to the public online. The Museo Larco collection was also the first Peruvian collection to be included in the country’s National Registry of Archaeological Property.
Subsequently, in 2008, the institution updated its online catalogue in order to improve access for researchers. The new Museo Larco collection management system allows researchers to study the pieces in detail and contribute directly to the museum’s curatorship.
Public access to the collection has enabled the museum to enrich its program of multidisciplinary research and create authentic links between the public and its collection.
Through its online catalogue, the Museo Larco keeps alive the spirit of its founder, encouraging public access to the collection and promoting multidisciplinary research. Currently, more than one hundred researchers are registered in the system and each year more than fifty research applications are processed.
Over the next months and until further notice, physical access to the collections of the Museo Larco will be restricted due to internal processes of registration, inventory and conservation.
Researchers who need to access to the online catalogue for researchers or request images from our digital photographic archive, should contact the museum’s Chief Curator ([email protected]).