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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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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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Totally Worth it for the Andean Artifacts

So this museum was mostly empty when I was there, and had weird hours. However, the collection of Andean and Incan artifacts was incredible, and it made the trip all worth while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
mnance01
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United Kingdom
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the museum 12 February and it looks like the museum is still going through renovation. It is free and you can walk around and there are several exhibits on display including a large section on how they restore old paintings (although nothing is translated from Spanish, so we could not understand most of the wording describing the process).... More 

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Israel
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So this museum was mostly empty when I was there, and had weird hours. However, the collection of Andean and Incan artifacts was incredible, and it made the trip all worth while. They had breathtakingly intricate and beautiful sculptures and idols that were hundreds and even thousands of years old. I was there in December 2014.

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Thank mnance01
Krabi Town, Thailand
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155 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As of November 2015 (and as of January 8, 2016, when we stopped to look a second time), the museum is currently CLOSED. Seems they're doing a year-long renovation and have moved all the exhibits to government storage facilities. No need to add this one to your list until about November 2016.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The Museum is not far from the centre and is Free, but although the building is fairly substantial there are not many exhibits. The history is told by models and replicas with a few cased original. Ideal if your out of things to do or it is raining.

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Houston, Texas
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104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This museum is very informative and educational. The place is not that big so you will not spend a lot of time here, just enough to have a "taste and glimpse" of Ecuador. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco, CA
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79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I would highly recommend visiting this museum. It has amazing exhibits on the history of all the people that have inhabited Ecuador with amazing artifacts.

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Ghent, Belgium
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

If you are in Quito, the National Museum is a must see! They really have a nice collections of old cultures! Fine work! I was amazed by these really nice sculptures! An extraordinary journey through the history of Ecuador!

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Waukesha
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66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This was an interesting look at the history of Ecuador. The "legends" are all in Spanish so if you hable espaniole you will have some difficulty, but you can figure it out. I did.

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Ocean Grove, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The National Museum displays trace Ecuadorean pre-history from about 14,000 years before present. Ceramics from different periods are shown in time order and explanations are provided about how the Indigenous peoples populated different parts of the country, adapting to local resources. The displays also include examples of the artistic gold and platinum from the Inca era and earlier. A worthy... More 

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San Francisco, California
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132 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The museum is divided into three main sections which show the history, culture and socio-economic features of different time periods in Quito and its surroundings. Some of the exhibits are explained in English but understanding some Spanish would help.

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