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“A Great Museum!”

National Museum Quito
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Shared Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Intiñan Museum
Ranked #31 of 199 things to do in Quito
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Owner description: This unique museum combines the science of archaeology, cultural diversity and high technology through innovate slide shows and permanent exhibits including gold artifacts, colonial paintings and sculptures.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“A Great Museum!”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

I spent a week in Old Town Quito and walked to this museum 3 times. It took half an hour, one way, and was safe and fun the whole way, passing thru the Parque de Alameda and the artists' Parque El Ejido. The museum was closed Mondays, but I went back twice and loved it. It is "really" Ecuador's "National Museum of Archaeology" but everyone still calls it by its old name. It is located in the modern Casa de la Cultura complex. It is free and not crowded except for the occasional school groups that come and go quickly. Fabulous displays and a huge collection of fine Pre-Columbian Art. The gold collection is large and well displayed, as are all collections. But the beauty of the museum is the pre-Inca ceramics and sculptures which are displayed by culture group, with good explanations of each: Valdivia stone and ceramics back to 3800 BC (!!!), with subsequent Machalilla and Chorrera artifacts still before the AD era. What emerges is a picture of ancient Ecuador with many cultures and phases, each unique but expressing different aspects or themes. Example: The ancient basketman display of ceramic and stone anthropomorphic vases of a man carrying a large basket, symbolizing the way trade routes used to work. Pack animals like the llama were a very late introduction to Ecuador, from Peru.

Visited November 2012
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Redmond, Washington
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“Nice introduction to Ecuador history”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Loved the Inca gold.
Most people probably think of the Incas as the culture/history of this country. However this museum highlights the richness and variety of the civilizations pre-inca. It is not too big and my 7year old enjoyed it.

Thank Roadbiker17
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Czestochowa, Poland
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Gold artifacts... and much more.”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This place can easily compete with Museo de Oro in Lima, Peru. At least all items are real, while most of the items in Lima are copies.

Visited January 2012
Thank Mann M
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saugerties, ny
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4 reviews
“Beautiful artifacts.”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Really extraordinary! Beautiful artifacts. Set a nice tone for my trip. Lots of displays with English which was helpful and a real sense of the diversity of the cultures and history of this land. I loved it. And it was free.

Visited November 2012
Thank 11clouds
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Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Most important general historical museum”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Centrally located with winding displays that cover the entire pre-history and history of Ecuador. Includes short movie overview in language of your choice and changing displays of important art and festival art.

Visited December 2011
Thank Gabe C
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