Museo Valdivia

Museo Valdivia, Santa Elena: Tickets, Tours, Address, Museo Valdivia Reviews: 4/5

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FuturoValdivia
Santa Elena, Ecuador66 contributions
Evidence of a 6000 year old culture
Jan 2019
Venus of Valdivia is the symbol of an almost 6000 year old culture, possibly a matriarkat, and the Museo Valdivia shows authentic pieces, although a fare share has been taken to museums in Quito and Guayaquil.
Written October 9, 2019
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PANC J
Lima, Peru794 contributions
A local museum in desperate need of national help
Aug 2018 • Couples
The archaeological site of Valdivia holds an important spot in the history of archaeology in Latin America. It is the site of the earliest discovered pottery in the Americas and shows a long sequence of occupation going back 6000 years. While the museum is in a nice setting and have very enthusiastic staff and young docents, the actual exhibits are disappointingly bad. Each room corresponds to a time period and consists of miscellaneous assortments of objects set on shelves in fairly random order with absolutely no contextual explanation. Clearly the museum has not had the helping insights of any museum professionals, nor archaeologists in its development. This is not the fault of the museum administration, in my view, but the fault of whatever national governmental ministry is responsible for museums. On the plus side, there is an excellent shop right next door to the museum that sells replicas of Valdivia and Ecuadorian pottery that is very well crafted and a reasonable price. For those who might be interested in the actual archaeological site of Valdivia, from what we can tell, the Museum is built right on top of it and there is nothing visible left on the surface.
Written August 25, 2018
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mspinelli218
Barcelona, Spain4 contributions
walk
Feb 2017
Nice place to understand their culture , The normal attention, very economical Price, recommended, good
Written April 24, 2017
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FuturoValdivia
Santa Elena, Ecuador66 contributions
An impoverished historic site
Apr 2017
The Valdivia culture from some 4000 b.C. should be exhibited here, but most things of great value have been taken to museums in Guayaquil and Quito. If in the area you may want to visit the Parque Marino Valdivia with sea life on show, some 4 kms north along the main road, Ruta del Spondylus.
Written April 10, 2017
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