National Museum of Ecuador

National Museum of Ecuador, Quito: Hours, Address, National Museum of Ecuador Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Ecuador
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Museum recognizes the multiplicity of identities of Ecuadorian society, its permanent transformation and mobility, and seeks to establish itself as a space for participation, dialogue, confrontation and representation in the public sphere. For this end, the Museum establishes a new model of relationship with the public, citizens and the community, that goes beyond specialized audiences.
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Corey B
Long Beach, CA20 contributions
Nov 2019
Not a museum that is merely show - while not huge, every piece - art, maps, statues, work from indigenous people thousands of years old... If you want to learn about the history of the country, and see amazing works of art then you need to visit. It'll take a good 3 hours, but it is well worth it for any museum lover, any history lover, any art lover. While not enormous, I've seen few museums as carefully put together and designed to communicate thousands of years of history in a way you can soak in.
Written October 19, 2020
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Richard D
Ciutadella, Spain589 contributions
Jul 2021
This museum is definitely worth a visit to learn about the history of Ecuador. Entry is free. Exhibits are initially in chronological order, starting with precolumbian history and displays and progressing through Christian missionaries to the present. There is following this a room with many beautiful gold precolumbian artefacts. On the second floor there is again some history on native cultures followed by some exhibits of contemporary artists. This museum is well worth a visit as an introduction to Ecuador.
Written July 1, 2021
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George S
Miami Beach, FL900 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The National Museum - NaMu - is now open after a recent renovation and is a not to be missed visit. It is one of the museums located in the Casa de la Cultura (the circular modern building in Arbolito Park) and admission is free. It gives an oversight of the history of Ecuador from pre-Colombian to the modern era. The narratives and information are also in English and are informative. Very interesting ancient artifacts, historical timelines and a marvelous gold exhibition of relics and masks on the ground floor. On the second and third floors there are also thematic exhibits on Ecuador’s history, economy, society, and culture. Once again, nice and informative exhibits, including some modern art. I would allocate at least three hours for this visit. This is a “must see”!
Written February 26, 2020
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Amy C
Arizona117 contributions
Mar 2022
Two of the exhibits were being changed when we stopped in so the areas were closed, even though I had checked prior to going and was lead to believe everything was open. The exhibit running upstairs was not to our liking so we did a quick go around on the first floor and back out into the city. Good thing there was not an entrance fee although we added a few dollars to the donation box. Make sure all is open prior to visiting otherwise not worth the time or effort (taxi from Old Town) to get there!
Written April 11, 2022
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Rob B
Brentwood, UK62 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Although the building is spectacular the exhibits come no where close to living up to their location. Although free we were very disappointed that there were no English explanation beside any of the exhibits . Especially as we were the only 2 people inside the museum for the 30 mins it took us to look round .. really would not waste ur time going to the museum .. it sums up how disappointed we have been with Quito whilst loving the rest of Equador
Written January 22, 2022
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,536 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This new addition to Quito’s museum portfolio is well deserved of a visit. There is a lot to see here, including historical artifacts, great artwork, gold, silver collection, and much more. We enjoyed our 90 minutes here - it’s fresh interior is appealing and it’s free. Check it out.
Written February 5, 2020
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Adventure beyond imagination
Munich, Germany14,605 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Two floors were open for visitors. The ground floor shows so many amazing historical ecuadorian pottery masterpieces. Although all the explanations are in Spanish, we still feel the uniqueness of the interesting culture.
Written February 15, 2022
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Hombre
10 contributions
Jan 2020
Not the easiest place to find, but worth the effort . The most modern of the group of museums and art galleries in the complex and also the most accessible. In one relatively small building you will find some fantastic 20 century art works , but also some absolutely stunning objects and insight into the pre-columbian civilisations of Ecuador. Don’t be put off by the quirky curation, the objects and works of art are absolutely amazing.
Written January 18, 2020
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mariaissa2016
Vancouver, Canada46 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a beautiful, modern building with intelligently grouped items that address themes: workforce, women, economy, religion etc and their effects on current Ecuadoran society. Some of our group would ave preferred the classical chronological approach, but a great debate ensued. Others of us found that each theme provided a depth of information and approached the theme from many perspectives. Either way, bravo as it was a delightful learning experience.
IT IS FREE.
Written February 8, 2020
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Mary F
Ann Arbor, Michigan135 contributions
This is a terrific museum with an entry fee of $1.50! You'll have a chance to see a lot of artifacts from different areas of Ecuador which are very interesting (pottery, jewelry, figures, etc) as well as artwork, both contemporary and historical. We spent about 1-1/2 hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gave us some valuable info and context to appreciate the rest of our travel in Ecuador.
Written October 6, 2004
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