Intiñan Equator Museum
Intiñan Equator Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located close to the Equator Monument, this onsite museum features interactive exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the earth, plus interesting science experiments such as balancing an egg on a nail and the affects of the Coriolis force on earth.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GBJ-Cookies
    South Shields, United Kingdom1,699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Equator Museum
    Visited as part of a group tour of Quito. Interesting place where you will get to take some cheesy pictures and do a few "experiments" on the actual equator line. There is a gift shop, clean toilets and you will have a guide to take you on the hour long tour. Well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Chase V
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma774 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting way to spend time near the monument, worth visiting once.
    First off if visiting here after mitad del mundo área, just walk along the north exit and see a sign for the museum don’t walk along the road as it’s busy and more dangerous to get to the front of the museum. This back dirt path leads to the rear entrance and a worker will guide you to the ticket booth. It’s a good value and fun hour or so. But the tour is way more than just showing you the experiments on the equator. Which is absolutely crazy that only a few steps in each direction can change forces on small objects, worth learning more about the science. Before the area you see all the pictures of they do a history, it was unexpected kind of interesting but I think. They could cut this down to 30 minutes more just about the equator. You’ll see Amazon wildlife examples, the making of a shrunken head (and a real one) and how the indigenous people were wild or not wild based on appearance. It was neat they had indigenous amazonians actually build a hut and blowgun. So some things that were good but I had no clue we had to sit through with our guide. You also sample cocoa seeds and see some ground to get the smell, that part was just to sell chocolate bars and in my opinion should be left out for sure. That’s the only reason for 4 stars. Must visit when there just for the true 0’0’0’ latitude. Crazy feeling
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,040 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The real equator
    The “sell” of this Museum is that it is where the actual equator is, while the large and more famous nearby monument is a few hundred meters off. That makes it worth visiting itself. The Museum has a guided tour that is focused half on the Equator and half on indigenous cultures, complete with replica huts and other structures. The tour takes about an hour. It’s More interesting and in depth than what is at the Monument, which is mostly a photo opp with shopping and dining.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 5, 2023
  • kerimcq
    Port Colborne, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the true Equator at the Itinan Museum
    This is where the true equator lies, determined by GPS. It was far less crowded than Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo, which is 250m south of the actual equator. A guided tour was included with the price of admission and we got to participate in some fun science experiments involving the equator. Definitely preferred this over the flashier Mitad Del Mundo.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Dawn D
    Ottawa, Canada126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the ‘real’ Equator
    On our trip to Quito we wanted to be sure we went to the ‘actual’ equator line so we ended up at this museum. We had a lovely private tour through the grounds and were able to snap a few photos to mark the occasion. The museum is beautifully designed and we might have been lucky as we didn’t experience any crowds.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
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Brandon
Miami, FL112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The equator line marked in this museum is more recently and accurately calculated than the one in Mitad del Mundo. So, I do recommend visiting this site; however, take their presentations with a grain of salt. Most of their presentations are not scientific based. I give them only 3 stars because they should tell their visitors the truth about their presentations.
Written December 7, 2020
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Whissely
Sao Paulo, SP399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
They’ve got lots of activities to demonstrate that you are on the equator and I’m sure kids will love the activities. The place does need some revamping though to make it more professional and to be able to handle larger crowds. I wouldn’t buy any souveneirs there though - much better shopping in Quito.
Written February 25, 2020
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Aussienando
990 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our guide at Intinan Museum, Ibeth, was excellent - great knowledge of Ecuador and combined with a perfect amount of humour. We learnt a little about Ecuador in addition to being on the equator - with some experiments (water, egg, walking). We really enjoyed our visit and I'd recommend to anyone coming to Quito. Allow an hour.

Free wifi. Plenty of parking. Cafe. Mostly outdoors so bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Written January 26, 2020
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James
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It's pretty cool.
The statues mimicking ancient culture were well done, if not a tad commercial looking.

There's a bit where you can balance an egg on a nail, because of something to do with the gravity at the equator.

It's okay; takes maybe 30 minutes to see and is well worth the $4 entry fee.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jim B
Parker, CO115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Our travel agent suggested we skip this stop because it was "cheesy." As a group of professional navigators (naval aviators, a ship driver, and a submariner), we all had to go. Boy, was our travel agent wrong! This was a very fun and informative outing.
Our museum guide gave us a tour of the four regions of Ecuador through the eyes of their indigenous people that would have been enough to make this stop worthwhile. Then we went to the equator exhibits. He was fun while being very informative.
Picture 10 septuagenarians getting excited about watching water swirl in both directions, balancing an egg on a nail head, and beating the Coriolis Effect with our eyes closed. Us kids had a blast playing at the Equator. I think you will too.
Written July 2, 2021
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Paladin
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I loved the experience! For $5 each (SEPT 2022) you get a guided tour through the museum grounds. The guide spoke English better than some Americans I know. And he. knew his subjects (history of Ecuador, science, geography, etc) very well. And super nice. I suspect most people enjoy the demonstrations about how the equator is different than anywhere on earth. And you can walk on the actual equator of the earth (rather than the massive, but incorrect, display some 200 yards or so away. That itself was worth the price of admission.
But there is much more to learn about Ecuador during the tour, including the lifestyle of the earliest settlers to Ecuador, long before the Spanish arrived. Absolutely fascinating.
Others have said that if you only have time to visit on equator museum, this is the one to visit. I absolutely agree. While you can do the tour and walk around on your own in about an hour, plan of staying a bit longer. It is that fascinating.!
Written October 2, 2022
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Chase V
Oklahoma City, OK774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
First off if visiting here after mitad del mundo área, just walk along the north exit and see a sign for the museum don’t walk along the road as it’s busy and more dangerous to get to the front of the museum. This back dirt path leads to the rear entrance and a worker will guide you to the ticket booth. It’s a good value and fun hour or so. But the tour is way more than just showing you the experiments on the equator. Which is absolutely crazy that only a few steps in each direction can change forces on small objects, worth learning more about the science. Before the area you see all the pictures of they do a history, it was unexpected kind of interesting but I think. They could cut this down to 30 minutes more just about the equator. You’ll see Amazon wildlife examples, the making of a shrunken head (and a real one) and how the indigenous people were wild or not wild based on appearance. It was neat they had indigenous amazonians actually build a hut and blowgun. So some things that were good but I had no clue we had to sit through with our guide. You also sample cocoa seeds and see some ground to get the smell, that part was just to sell chocolate bars and in my opinion should be left out for sure. That’s the only reason for 4 stars. Must visit when there just for the true 0’0’0’ latitude. Crazy feeling
Written September 18, 2023
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Eric H
Atlanta, GA207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This museum is on the real equator on like the large government equator park just down the road. The effort that they’ve made here to re-create cultural villages in experiences is outstanding as are the science experiments and guides. Our whole family loved it and it is a must see on your trip to a Quito.
Written January 1, 2020
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Jamielills22
Bournemouth, UK42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Really came here to see the effects of the equator which was really cool. And learning unique characteristics Quito has as a result of being on the equator. Felt like they tried to add more to it to make more of an attraction with information on indigenous people and chocolate, not that I’m complaining about free tasters!
Written February 22, 2020
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im4yanks
Santa Barbara, CA44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
I was going to avoid all of the equator related activities during my trip to Ecuador, but our private guide actually suggested this as a stop on our way to Mindo. We weren’t expecting much, and yes it is a little cheesy, but we actually really enjoyed it and took some fun photos. The guide the museum provides was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable without being annoying at all. He was great! The tour’s not long, but it is worth a stop! $4pp
Written September 9, 2021
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