Pumapungo Museo

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Anne
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Modern museum with a lot of history
Feb 2020
The display was really lovely and I had the feeling that one day wouldn't be enough to see everything you wanted to see! It was divided in sections and had a special exhibition on Indian culture, but that didn't interfere with the usual show of Ecuadorian history. All in all it was very well made and the paths easy to follow. The outdoor area is also great for relaxing and enjoying the view on Cuenca. Definitely recommend to visit!
Written July 21, 2020
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Susan S
22 contributions
Back to the Future
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you think you can do this museum in a couple of hours you are sadly mistaken. Plan for the better portion of the day at the very least. A few days would be more like the time you would need to fully appreciate and explore the history of the Ecuadorian people and culture. However, if all you can afford is a few hours, then it’s time well spent.
Written March 18, 2020
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Wanderer27723
Halifax Nova Scotia5 contributions
Firstbrate
Mar 2020
Well organized and very diverse. The Ghandinexhibit was memorable and the Indigenous displays well laid out and informative.
Written March 15, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,606 contributions
Excellent overview of indigenous cultures
Feb 2020
The modern building on the eastern outskirts of Cuenca's historical center looks a bit somber and boring (like most bank buildings). However, inside there are beautiful exhibitions: on indigenous cultures on the second floor and on the ground floor an exhibition on India and Mahatma Gandhi. The interior architecture very well fits its purpose.

An effort has been made to make the displays interesting allowing space for replica huts and ecosystems. Many photos and images of people in different outfits. You get a pretty good idea of the variety of the different ethnic groups living in Ecuador. For instance the difference between rainforest peoples among them the Shuar and the people living in the highlands. Also the communities of Afro-Ecuadorians and the montubios (coastal farmers) have been included. Very well done.

A pity all detailed texts are in Spanish. It took me a long time to read and I did not understand everything. I have strong doubts about the display of the shrunken heads in the Shuar section. These are the remains of people who have lived real lives and should be treated with respect. They do not belong in a museum.

Visit highly recommended (best tourist attraction in Cuenca).

Free admission
Written February 22, 2020
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Derek S
Ashland, OR33 contributions
Would be better with English entirely
Dec 2019 • Couples
The good: this is a very well done museum in a gorgeous building.
The frustrating: majority is in Spanish. There are some displays with English explanations, but many without.
That said, you get the gist of the display/diorama, but it would be great to fully understand what was going on.
Written December 30, 2019
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Max M
Luton157 contributions
Inca and more
May 2019
I still can't believe this museum is free. Outside they have Inca remains and a lovely garden with local plants and traditional agriculture. Inside pre-columbian and colonial displays and a nice section on regional cultures, including the shrunken heads.
Written November 27, 2019
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R. Abad Santonja
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Shrunken Heads! Did I Say Shrunken Heads?
Sep 2019
Excellent collection highlighting historical and current indigenous culture. In the basement... Did I mention SHRUNKEN HEADS ? In the "back yard" are Incan ruins that you can get right up close to. Nice gift shop. Parking on site, to the left of the main entrance.
Written November 5, 2019
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jhaley100
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA12 contributions
Nice Museum
Oct 2019
Spent about 2.5 hrs. visiting both Museum and gift shop. Museum is very clean and well monitored. Exhibits were good and well presented. However, almost nothing was in English, so I'm certain I lost out on a lot! Shrunken heads were astonishing.
Written October 3, 2019
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Tukano
Turku, Finland649 contributions
Best museum in town
Sep 2019 • Friends
All regions of Ecuador were on display. How people have lived before. All different tribes and their culture. On the ground floor were small miniatures. First there was a small village and how it has grown over the years. They were well made and we liked them a lot.
Written September 30, 2019
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Remove all doubt
Cuenca, Ecuador105 contributions
A must see if new to the Andes.
Jul 2019 • Friends
A rich and wonderful museum! Representative of the many cultures and customs of Ecuador. Life SIZE displays to Shrunken Heads with the story of the ritual.
Behind the museum is the ruins with the tightly fit stones, how did they do that, with the tools shown in the museum???
Further below, a large bird aviary , Indigenous gardens llamas grazing along the trails below the ruins. Lol
Lots of time can go by here depending on your interest. I believe that there is something for everyone. Give it 2-3 hours. 5 🌟
Written September 17, 2019
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