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Casa del Alabado

Cuenca N1-41, Quito, Ecuador
+593 2-228-0772
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Ranked #4 of 104 Attractions in Quito
Type: Museums, Art Museums
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This museum has one of the best displays of pre-Columbian art I have seen anywhere. walking through the space and learning about the symbolism and history behind the pieces in the collection is a great experience for anyone with an interest in art or anthropology or history. It's beautifully organized and shows each piece to its best advantage. I wish... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Pre-Columbian art may not be my first choice, until this museum. Casa Alabado is a fantastic building that has been turned into a superior museum. The exhibit is easy to follow, there is a self guided tour in several languages, the quality of the art is superb. And don't miss seeing the fig tree in the little courtyard on the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We, sometimes, think that the civilizations of the past are so dull and uninteresting. Walking through this gathering of creativity gives you the impression that the civilizations of the past are clearly deserving of recognition.

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Bir, India
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31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Casa del Alabado has an exceptionally well curated collection of fine precolumbian works, all well displayed, with bilingual placards. It's quality not quantity here: It isn't a huge collection, but it's one of the very few museums I've visited where every single piece was worth giving a good look. The building itself makes the experience very pleasant, and there a... More

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Bolton, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

while it was suggested it would only take 45 mins to 1 hour to go through; I needed more time! I borrowed the museo guidebook which was a great help to better understand the artifacts. The displays are simple yet awe-inspiring given the detail and age of artifacts. This is a gem in the old city.

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

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Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Alabado is wonderful building ( recently rebuilt)and a fine museum as well. THe collection is ranked with CHile's PreCOlumbiano collection in Santiago and the rebuilt building housing the museum is absolutely stunning, ig you love woods and craftsmanship. Recommend a film made by an Ecuadoriana which details the building of this place. WOnderful contribution by the trabajadoes... I live in... More

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Washington, DC
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84 helpful votes 84 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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