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Casa del Alabado

Cuenca N1-41, Quito, Ecuador
(2)228-0772
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Ranked #3 of 103 Attractions in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Art Museums
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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This private museum is housed in a building that dates from the 1670s, and its small individual galleries wend around the central courtyard. The collection of pre-Columbian art is stunning. The best of the pieces show the exquisite skill and imagination of the indigenous peoples dating back more than two millennium. There is an audio guide, but I wished there... More

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Hanover, New Hampshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is really worth a visit if you are in the centro historico. I have seen a lot of pre-Columbian artifacts in a lot of museums over the years and I don't think I've ever seen anything displayed quite so effectively as in this museum. It's done with such elegance and the interior courtyards will make you forget you just... More

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NYC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a small, pretty museum. Great pre-columbian collection. Very well curated and presented. You go through it rather quickly (you'll see it all in about an hour tops) and you will enjoy it. The exhibits were clearly presented to children (not boring) and interactive. the way they renovated the old house is very pretty and clever. a very enjoyable... More

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Long Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is good museum a block north of the Church of San Francisco. It is a very nicely converted building, exhibits are very nicely laid out and easy to move from room to room. There is also audio guides in english and spanish. Highly recommend visiting.

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Museo De Arte P... C, Propietario at Casa del Alabado, responded to this review

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Paris, France
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A very clear and modern museum, with well-lit artifacts and concise explanations. Always to the point. However, the admission is $4, not a big sum in itself, but the amount of objects is not considerable either. Apparently the café in the yard has closed down.

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Vermillion, South Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went to a lot of museums during our stay in Quito the week of July 31st and this was the best of them all. Well worth going. We learned a lot. The self-guided tour with audio was really nice to have.

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Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I do not go to museums very frequently but I intended to know about Ecuador ancient civilization so for my level, it is nice, organized and cheap. There are helpful devices for information in Español and English.

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Winter Park, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was one of the best museums in our travels around South America. Excellent interpretive materials in Spanish and English and a unique perspective. The historic colonial home of this museum added to the experience.

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Museo De Arte P... C, Propietario at Casa del Alabado, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We are glad we added to your experience of traveling around South America. More

Charlotte
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Don't miss this gem of a museum located in a restored 17th-century manor about a block from the Plaza de San Francisco (it's on your left as you face the church--Cuenca Street). It houses some of the best Pre-Colombian art you'll see anywhere. Clearly, money and expertise went into its design. There's an audio tour, captioned exhibits (in Spanish and... More

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Museo De Arte P... C, Propietario at Casa del Alabado, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are really glad you had such a pleasant experience and enjoyed all the museum has to offer! More

Palm Springs, CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wonderful, not to be missed, this private museum truly showcases a terrific collection of pre-Columbian art works. There are English explanations throughout. The restoration of the villa is beautiful, I really was amazed by the living wall in one gallery. And, the gift shop is one of the best in Quito, and you don't need to pay to go shopping... More

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