Museo de las Culturas

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Museo de la Cultura
Nov 2019
Museo de las Culturas. It is a beautiful, great and wonderful place located in the canton Cotacachi, in province of Imbabura, in the Ecuadorian highland. I visited with my family. An extremely interesting place that has a fairly complete exhibition on the history of Cotacachi, its geography, its ancestral practices and the intervention of its inhabitants in the history of the music of Ecuador. All the information provided is quite complete, it allows the visitor to interact within each room, in addition its staff is highly trained to attend to visitors since they provide all the necessary information about Cotacahi. The museum and all its staff convey a feeling of pride in their roots and ancestral practices!! You can see the representation of intercultural relations present in the canton, the ways of life, customs, traditions. It is the depository of the history and cultural identity of Cotacachi, in the rooms the ethnographic, archaeological, artisanal and musical aspects are exhibited, exponents of the life of this town. In the center of the Cotacachi canton is located the Museums of Cultures. This institution, directed by the Raíces Foundation, was inaugurated on August 14, 1977, after a decade of management, research and planning. Currently, it works in the old Municipal Palace. The Museum of Cultures is divided into three areas. The first room presents a historical review of the Cotacachi canton. With the support of maps, explanatory certificates and archaeological samples, the first human settlements that arrived 14,000 years ago, the Inca and Spanish invasion and the first years of the Republic, are represented. The second room, of traditional crafts, presents the production techniques that were developed in the 19th century. The samples made in life size represent various manual activities, such as pottery, basketry, textiles, espadrilles, etc. The third room is dedicated to the religious festivals of the community, in a sample of the syncretism between Catholicism and indigenous religiosity. Here is Holy Week, which for the indigenous people is harvest time. The Dance of the Abagos or Corpus Cristi. The festival of San Juan and San Pedro or Inti Raymi (Sun worship); the Cult of the Dead, in which the Running Angel takes part; and the Culto Grande or the festival in honor of Santa Ana de Cotacachi. There is also a module in which the history of the music of the canton is exposed. I recommend to visit it. Because, this is a relaxed and great place, and you can enjoy this moment unique. Good museum located inside an old colonial building, it is in one of the best streets, it is a pedestrian street with well-preserved colonial buildings This museum is a bit of the history of the region, especially of this city It has a part dedicated to music The museum has a well-equipped library with all the possibilities of working there with computers from the library or with its own computers, signal to cover the perfect WIFI You can spend a pleasant, comfortable and very friendly time with the people of the city.

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Jeniffer C
Atuntaqui, Ecuador5 contributions
Nov 2019
Museo de las Culturas.
It is a beautiful, great and wonderful place located in the canton Cotacachi, in province of Imbabura, in the Ecuadorian highland. I visited with my family. An extremely interesting place that has a fairly complete exhibition on the history of Cotacachi, its geography, its ancestral practices and the intervention of its inhabitants in the history of the music of Ecuador. All the information provided is quite complete, it allows the visitor to interact within each room, in addition its staff is highly trained to attend to visitors since they provide all the necessary information about Cotacahi. The museum and all its staff convey a feeling of pride in their roots and ancestral practices!! You can see the representation of intercultural relations present in the canton, the ways of life, customs, traditions.
It is the depository of the history and cultural identity of Cotacachi, in the rooms the ethnographic, archaeological, artisanal and musical aspects are exhibited, exponents of the life of this town. In the center of the Cotacachi canton is located the Museums of Cultures.

This institution, directed by the Raíces Foundation, was inaugurated on August 14, 1977, after a decade of management, research and planning. Currently, it works in the old Municipal Palace. The Museum of Cultures is divided into three areas. The first room presents a historical review of the Cotacachi canton. With the support of maps, explanatory certificates and archaeological samples, the first human settlements that arrived 14,000 years ago, the Inca and Spanish invasion and the first years of the Republic, are represented. The second room, of traditional crafts, presents the production techniques that were developed in the 19th century.
The samples made in life size represent various manual activities, such as pottery, basketry, textiles, espadrilles, etc. The third room is dedicated to the religious festivals of the community, in a sample of the syncretism between Catholicism and indigenous religiosity. Here is Holy Week, which for the indigenous people is harvest time. The Dance of the Abagos or Corpus Cristi. The festival of San Juan and San Pedro or Inti Raymi (Sun worship); the Cult of the Dead, in which the Running Angel takes part; and the Culto Grande or the festival in honor of Santa Ana de Cotacachi. There is also a module in which the history of the music of the canton is exposed.

I recommend to visit it. Because, this is a relaxed and great place, and you can enjoy this moment unique. Good museum located inside an old colonial building, it is in one of the best streets, it is a pedestrian street with well-preserved colonial buildings
This museum is a bit of the history of the region, especially of this city
It has a part dedicated to music
The museum has a well-equipped library with all the possibilities of working there with computers from the library or with its own computers, signal to cover the perfect WIFI
You can spend a pleasant, comfortable and very friendly time with the people of the city.
Written October 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RogerD272
Edmonton, Canada120 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
Museum gave us a good idea of the history and culture of the city and area. Loved the historical musical instrument display. Costumes worn during festivals were so colourful and unique. All in Spanish but easily understood by all photos.
Written February 27, 2015
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dwf747
Toronto, Canada15 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
A very satisfying collection of early tools and implements of various types. I was especially drawn to the collection of old musical instruments and sheet music. Framed newspaper articles testified to the prominence and acclaim surrounding local musicians.

The black and white photos of indigenous dancers wearing masks are priceless.
Written February 7, 2018
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Timoteo M
21 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
A native coticachian brought me here and I was stunned. One of the most beautiful and quiet museums that I have been to. The staff was so friendly and the exhibits were beautiful! I highly recommend it.
Written August 8, 2017
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Yvette B
Miami, FL27 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Easy to miss this place, but worth stopping in. Great local student tour guides. Very interesting displays. Beautiful building.
Written April 3, 2016
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R C
Asheville, NC444 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Half a block from the Cathedral, this was an impressive little musuem showcasing some of the history of the area, from geological, to indigenous peoples, to Spanish contributions. The wooden floors of this restored colonial building are gorgeous and the staff are very friendly. Worth a visit.
Written March 25, 2015
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VinesB
Cotacachi, Ecuador15 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
This is a beautifully restored colonial building in the center of town housing various interesting, if basic, cultural displays about the canton of Cotacachi. It's free, and a nice detour while strolling through town, if you can find it open.
Written March 16, 2015
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Al black
Cotacachi, Ecuador28 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Museo de las Culturas opens up the history and culture of both Cotacachi and Imbabura by revealing the music, the economic life and the architecture of this unique area.
Written July 14, 2019
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Mayalavender
Los Angeles, CA217 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This place is in the center of town on a walking only street. There are many exhibits to view about the territory, the skills of the people with the tools used to weave, crush corn etc. Upstairs is a music school so sometimes you will hear people playing horns, etc.
Written February 26, 2019
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Corky C
London, UK36 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We were staying in Cotacachi for a few days so had plenty of time on our hands. Popped in one day, strolled around the shabby and poorly presented exhibitions and a load of empty rooms. Worth visiting only so that we could say, "yep! That is one of the least inspiring museums I've ever seen". The courtyard is pretty though.
Written February 9, 2019
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