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National Museum Quito

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Address: Patria btwn Avenida 6 de Diciembre y 12 de Octubre, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593-2 381-4550
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Description: This unique museum combines the science of archaeology, cultural diversity...
This unique museum combines the science of archaeology, cultural diversity and high technology through innovate slide shows and permanent exhibits including gold artifacts, colonial paintings and sculptures.
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Don't be put off by the slightly dilapidated state of the building the exhibition which traces the early history of Ecuador through to the Incan colonisation is extremely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Gold Coast
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113 reviews 113 reviews
24 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Don't be put off by the slightly dilapidated state of the building the exhibition which traces the early history of Ecuador through to the Incan colonisation is extremely interesting and well presented in English. There are over 1000 ceramic pieces, amonst other things, dating from 12,000 BC to AD 1534. There is also a gold room containing precolumbian pieces. Provides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent museum for learning about pre- Colombian art and culture. Such an impressive collection, although some of the display lights were out which made them a bit hard to see. Would've been better to be allowed to take photos (without flash).

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Miguel CM Crespo
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

ugly museum with an interesting display. Quite didactic to learn about the prehispanic history, and with some beautiful works of art from Quito's golden age of the Escuela Quitena

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Bucharest, Romania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This museum is great for Ecuador visitors as it gives them a chance to learn (or at least get familiar) with the precolombian civilizations of the country. The museum is free, though I would be happy to pay a fee if that will help them replace missing light bulbs! The precolombian civilization section is greatly explained and it is definitely... More 

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Seattle, WA
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29 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This free museum was a great place to put the long history of Ecuador in context. It's reasonably large with good documentation for the exhibits. All were in Spanish although many of the major descriptions were both in English and Spanish. It is a chronological exhibit path from pre-Inca, then the Inca consolidation, then the conquistadors and finally through the... More 

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Florida
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

So much to see and all the different Indians and time periods make it very interesting. You have to put your bags in the shelf by the counter and then you are free to explore. We learned so much about history and culture.

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Budapest, Hungary
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128 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The last time we were here, it took us over 2 hours to make our way through the museum primarily because photos were allowed. This time, they stated that photography was not allowed, even without a flash. I was not happy with this news, but I do have dozens of photos from last time. Most exhibits are in Spanish and... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Nicely presented - especially the little models. Gold room very good - loved the tiny llamas! Give yourself enough time. We had an hour and a half and had to rush at the end.

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Wilmington NC
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23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The museum is located near a large city park and within walking distance of many hotels. The only thing wrong with our visit to this excellent and FREE museum is that we arrived only 20 minutes before the 4 pm closing time! So we had to speed-walk through the large variety of interesting exhibits. Agree with another reviewer that it... More 

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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This museum takes you through the various developmental stages of Quito and its environs. I particularly liked the old photos which showed Quito when it was still quite small. The size also was just right - not too big and not tiny.

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