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Intinan Museum

Autopista Manuel Cordova Galarza, a 200 metros del redondel de la Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Ecuador
(593) 239-5122
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Ranked #10 of 103 attractions in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Located close to the Equator Monument, this onsite museum features interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth, plus... more » Owner description: Located close to the Equator Monument, this onsite museum features interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth, plus interesting science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail and the affects of the Coriolis force on earth. « less
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Montvale, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is the location of the actual equator. It is a modest "museum", mostly outside. When we arrived, they had costumed young men and women performing a traditional highland dance. It was interesting to watch. We paid a nominal fee for a guided tour and learned a lot about the natives of the area. The best part were the demonstrations... More

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Montecito, California
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27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This spot claims to be on the real equator line for the earth. The water demonstration to provide validity is impressive. The park like grounds and the tour guide was excellent. Enjoyed ourselves.

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Cusco, Peru
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place is the officially calculated Mitad del mundo and is pretty cool. They do a bunch of experiments that show you what happens at the equator vs slightly north and south of the equator. It's pretty cool! You can balance an egg too which is awesome and stand on both sides of the equator at once! Loved the experience... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Like most other reviewers, we visited both the Mitad del Mundo and Intinan museum and found this one the most enjoyable of the two (although we thought it was worth a nod to both the "old" and "new" equator lines whilst we were down the road in Quito). The experiments and amount of information given at Intinan were fantastic, the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very informative. You walk in pay a small fee and then guided through the museum learning about the true equatorial line, shrunken human heads and other cool things.

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Russellville, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Rather than wait for the next English tour, we got in on a tour already in progress, so we missed the first two stops. The information was interesting and engaging. We really enjoyed the dance at the end.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Similarly to other reviewers i thought this little museum (a few 100m up the road) was better than the main tourist complex. The guides were interesting and experiments were a bit of fun... i don't think it really matters whether the science is real or not so long as you have a bit of fun... which clearly everyone in our... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great fun place with cool interactive activities. Free English speaking guide included, a small tip is appreciated though. Don't be put off by this being called a "museum", its more like an interactive exhibition park, indoors and outdoors. We got a taxi for $35 return from new town, including waiting time and a visit to old monument (worth a quick... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The whole thing takes about an hour, different activities in a small space but i was entertained, the water swirling in different dirrections and balancing the egg were my favorite part.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We found this excursion to be quite fun. I'm not sure what "trick" other reviewers are referring to, but our guide let the water stand still in the sink before pulling the plug on the water. I see no trick here other than great fun. The old line has the allure of a monument, but the native history and explanations... More

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