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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: Art Museums, Museums
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Charlotte
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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Palm Springs, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Gives travellers a real insight into the cultural history of Quito. Very well laid out and fun audio

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Casa del Albado museum is very well worth a visit. It is conveniently situated in central Quito, it is of a manageable size, and the exhibits are exceptionally well presented. The lighting is excellent. Even for visitors with a low boredom threshold for museums, the carvings etc. on display here were fascinating and beautiful. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.

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Brussels, Belgium
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

nice collection but not the best, but very well presented, in originals and different ways, albeit sometimes with rather bad lightning

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

Thank you for your kind review, we appreciate all comments that can help us improve. More

Aruba
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

if you are into pre Colombiam pottery......THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I never saw a more stunning display and variety.And thet have a great giftshop as well.

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

Thank you for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a small museum with an excellent collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. For those that believe South America is only about the Inca, this museum shows proof that many cultures lived and thrived in Ecuador. The collection includes stonework, pottery, and metal work of extreme artistry. The museum itself is a an old colonial home. The owners of the museum... More

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

Thank you for your thorough review. We are glad you enjoyed all the museum has to offeer! More

Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Nice building. Good audio guide which is free. Could improve on guiding visitor around, arrows or map would help.

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Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a minimalist but very interesting museum that exhibits the indigenous Ecuadorean worldview before the Spanish conquest with the inherent spirituality and importance of the shaman. The structure of the museum is also interesting as it is one of the older buildings in Quito. It was a private colonial home constructed in 1671 (as engraved above the entrance door).... More

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a good experience visiting El Alabado. More

Madrid, Spain
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We expected much more from this museum. The scenario is beautiful, beautiful building and decoration. However, the museum pieces were hardly explained, so we left with a feeling of emptiness. It is really a pity the lack of information provided. Even with the audio guide, I didn't get as much information as the object deserved.

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

We are sorry your visit was not what you expected. We hope you get a chance to come again and try our guided visits, which are sure to provide more detailed information about our exhibition. More

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