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School Visits

The Museo Larco has designed thematic interactive school programs for students at all levels of schooling: kindergarten, elementary and secondary. These programs aim to motivate, accompany, reinforce and facilitate the development of competencies in the fields of history, social sciences, communication, the natural sciences and the arts, and above all help create an understanding of the cultures of ancient Peru.

What is our educational approach?
The Museo Larco’s programs have been designed to incorporate the educational approaches inherent in museum education, which involves research and learning based upon historical/artistic objects. We employ a range of methodologies, such as question-based learning, visual thought didactic strategies, practical learning and the theory of multiple intelligences.

What do the school programs expect to achieve?
The programs incorporate a range of activities: children explore, read, draw, create and interpret, as well as talking and debating among themselves. In this way, students actively construct new knowledge during their museum visit. These special activities also enable a broadening of abilities and the development of new skills among the participants. Our educational initiative works to stimulate and raise the awareness of students concerning cultural heritage, proposing a different way to visit and understand the concept of a museum, while giving students the opportunity for emotional and cognitive contact with the earliest cultures that occupied Peruvian territory.

What materials are used in the school programs?
The programs included pre- and post-visit materials which are sent to teaching staff by e-mail. These materials are composed of instructions, activities and content with which to prepare the students for the experience, as well as complementing and reinforcing the learning process experienced during the museum visit. During the programs, students will be encouraged to keep field notebooks, using them to record their visit in the form of a journal.

Who leads the educational programs?
The programs are lead by the Museo Larco’s museum educators; students and professionals in the fields of education, history, archaeology, art, anthropology and tourism who receive ongoing training in themes associated with our collection, as well as training in Museum Education.

Biodiversity: Food and Animals of Ancient Peru

Children will learn about the foods of ancient Peru in the visible storage of the Museo Larco. In addition, they will fly, roar and slide their way through the galleries, in search of their ancestors’ favorite animals. At the end of the visit, the students will take part in a creative workshop: “Collage of my favorite animals and natural products”.

Level Kindergarten, and Elementary First and Second Grades
Duration 1 hour and 15 minutes
Sacred Animals of Ancient Peru

Students will learn about the different sacred animals of ancient Peru. By exploring objects, identifying animals and reconstructing mythical scenes, students will gain an understanding of the role played by these deities in the lives of ancient people. At the end of the visit, the students will take part in a creative workshop: “Create your headdress” (for elementary school students) and “Create your god” (for secondary school students).

Levels Elementary
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
A Detective in the Museo Larco

Students will transform themselves into detectives and discover the mysteries that surround the museum’s pieces. Making use of scientific research methods, exploration and analysis, the students will discover the history of the mysterious rampant animal.

Levels Elementary Third to Sixth Grade
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
The Incas: The Building of an Empire

Students will explore the museum’s rooms to discover how the Incas were able to efficiently take advantage of the achievements attained by other cultures, such as the precious metalwork of the north, coastal architecture, the livestock herding of the high plains, and trade in the south. By exploring objects, reading myths and decoding messages, students will learn about the cultures which inspired the great empire of the Incas. At the end of the visit, the students will participate in a creative workshop: “Create your own quipu”

Levels From Elementary Third Grade, and Secondary
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
The Dream of Rafael Larco Hoyle

Students will experience ancient Peru through the life story and legacy of the museum’s founder, Rafael Larco Hoyle. By exploring objects, old photographs and excavation records, students will learn more about the pioneering work of this fascinating figure from the field of archaeological investigation, and his avant-garde vision for museum design, which culminated with his great dream: the Museo Larco.

Levels Secondary
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
The Journeys of Ai Apaec

Through an exploration of objects and the recreation of scenes, students will learn about the mythological cycle of Ai Apaec, the ancestral Moche hero who traveled through different worlds, fighting creatures from the ocean and the world of darkness. At the end of the visit, the students will participate in a creative workshop: “Create your own comic strip”.

Levels Secondary
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes

Admission and Bookings


For each student S/ 20

The cost includes entrance to the museum, the services of the museum educator responsible for each group, and the materials students will use before, during and after the visit.

A minimum of 10 and maximum of 40 students can be accommodated for each visit. Students are divided into groups of 10 or fewer and each group is accompanied by one museum educator. *Minimum and maximum of students subject to change.

Any requests for discounts or exoneration should be communicated at the time of booking, with an explanation for the request.


Educational school visits can be scheduled from Monday to Friday at 9:00 a.m.

The museum will wait 15 minutes for groups. After this time, the museum will be under no obligation to provide the booked service.

Bookings and inquiries

Museum visits must be booked in advance by sending an e-mail to [email protected].