Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla

Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla

Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsSpeciality Museums
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
About
The museum was born from the desire of the Paredes-Roldan family to pay homage to all the skilled hands of artisans who have inherited the mastery of the toquilla straw hat fabric, have dedicated and dedicated their lives to this beautiful tradition since earlier times to the colony. The hat museum is one of the most popular places for national and international tourists. It is a company with more than 60 years of history in the city of Cuenca. For this reason they dedicated a special space in the building in which the family is located for more than 100 years where the museum, factory, shop and cafeteria is located. In addition you can acquire this beautiful and genuine hat whose fabric was declared by UNESCO in 2012 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and that faithful to its origin and laborious work must be known as Ecuadorian hat or Ecuadorian hat and not panama hat.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Howard W
Washington DC, DC418 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
By now you know that Panama Hats are made in Ecuador that's why you want to visit this museum. There are two of them in Cuenca: this one and the one by Homero Ortega near the bus terminal.

I was told that the Homero Ortega one was better. We ended up visiting both. In my opinion this one is better for several reasons: first, it is in town, by the river, it's quite easy to get to. Second, it has a demonstration of hat press by museum staff, I think that is quite interesting. Third, what a view! The top level of the museum has an open roof, as it is by the river, the view of the river, the other side (south) of Cuenca and the distant Andean mountains is worth a trip itself. They also have a nice selection of Panama Hats in exhibit and for sale.

This is not to say Homero Ortega is not good, that is a nice museum too, but if I stayed in town and had to visit just one Panama Hat museum, this one would be the one that I would visit.
Written August 9, 2018
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parissegura
Magdalena del Mar, Peru19 contributions
May 2016
It was fun to see the process of making the various panama hats and to try on various styles of hats. We then enjoyed a coffee on their terrace with a gorgeous view of the city.
Written May 7, 2016
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Brandon Osborne
Manta, Ecuador239 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
I can't say enough good things about this place. The staff is simply amazing. They are friendly & down right funny some times & are very accommodating to anything that you may want. They will also customize your hat any way you want if you ask (resize, different shape, different strap, paint it, anything you can think of & many things that you can't). I live in Quito now and the prices and quality here simply cannot be beat!
The only way to get a better price is to find a local artisan in a village yourself and have him custom make you the hat (which can take a very long time (think weeks).

The cafe upstairs is wonderful & offers a great view of the river & modern side of the city (modern because the majority of the old buildings on that side were destroyed in a large flood in 1953).
Written January 6, 2019
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2Luv2Trvl
Braga, Portugal461 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Of course, by the time you leave, you will understand that they are not Panama hats at all, but I won't ruin the surprise. I'd long wanted a really good, authentic red fedora, and this is the place to get it. N, they are not cheap. But there are levels of cost. But even if you are not interested in buying, the "factory" if fascinating. If you ARE in the market, they will actually fabricate your cover while you watch and wait. Not interested in the process? Walk upstairs, have a snack or a drink, and take in the view across the river into the city! Really fun visit!
Written February 22, 2018
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LittleIgor
Toronto, Canada344 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
I am so happy that I went to this museum/shop. When you enter, you walk through the museum exhibit - there was no on on duty so we went inside and asked for a tour. They were extremely obliging and showed us through the whole place. When it came time to buy a hat, there was so much selection that I was having a hard time finding just the right thing. That's when the lady who had given us the tour came up with an unfinished hat of just the quality I was seeking. She said it would take them 25 minutes to customize it for me. So, I had the entertainment of watching every step of them finishing my hat and got just what I wanted, down to picking the ribbon to decorate it. I could not be happier with my new hat and the memories that go with it.
Written December 1, 2017
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TroisChatsLies
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo4,139 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
A hat museum may not sound exciting, but this place really is a hidden gem. I found it by accident when I was visiting the Agosto 10 mercado, then had to walk back to the Hat Museum for my city tour pick up (hop on hop off double decker bus). Since I had to wait for the next bus, I decided to check out the museum. Wow! All about the history of how hats are made, and a HUGE hat store in which you can find every color, size, and style, plus they will custom make your hat with the color of ribbon you choose. Then, toward the VERY back of the store, take the stairs up to a lovely little cafe/restaurant, and a gorgeous city view. A lovely place to stop for coffee and enjoy the view. This place really is a hidden gem, and I would recommend it to first time visitors, and/or anyone taking a city tour.
Written November 4, 2017
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Jeannetta S
20 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
The "Panama Hat" didn't come from Panama; it originates in Ecuador. So, the information you acquire is great; also the demonstrations of how they make the hats is great. The demonstrate the machines used and we watched the ladies adding the details. It was incredible to see this. Afterward, there is a coffee shop upstairs and a sitting area on the patio; beautiful scenery as well. So, hot chocolate for the kiddos and whatever adult beverage you like is at your service.
Written October 16, 2016
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AnythingsFeazable
Brenham, TX77 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We went here to see the museum side of it and we were disappointed. Its a factory that wants to sell you a hat. Living here in Ecuador Monte Cristi is the place to buy a great quality hat. The higher the quality the longer it will last and repairs can be made if it does need it.
Written August 7, 2016
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Neil N
Minneapolis, MN17 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
You have not seen Cuenca if you've not visited here! Most folks don't realize, The Panama Hat is not in fact from Panama, but from Ecuador. They were named after Panama because they became so popular with the workers on the Panama Canal project. The prices in the shop are very reasonable. You won't find them much cheaper on the street. Secret tip ! Go to the rear of the shop, and up the stairs. You will find yourself on a beautiful terrace, looking down on the river. There is also a cool mosaic map of the city to be seen. They don't really advertise this cool rooftop place, but it is very cool for sure !!
Written December 15, 2015
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corneliagrunert
Brussels, Belgium2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I connot reccomend this place. I visited the museum and bought a quite expensive hat. Then I paid almost 100 USD to have it delivered to my home adress. It never arrived. They claimed it had returned because the adress was not correct. I double checked but of course I had given them the correct adress. When I asked them to send it again I never heard from them again.
Written June 7, 2019
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