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“Terrific, even if half the light bulbs are out...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum Quito

National Museum Quito
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$61.55*
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Shared Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Intiñan Museum
Ranked #30 of 201 things to do in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Palm Springs, CA
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Terrific, even if half the light bulbs are out...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

The collection is world class, but you might want to bring a flashlight. There's the pottery, the gold and precious metals, as well as an interesting collection of colonial religious art.

Visited July 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Learn the History!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

I wish I had been able to spend more time at this museum! As a student of history it was very interesting to see and read about the Pre-coloinal history of Ecuador and the region. There are hundreds of beautiful artifacts and all of the placards are in Spanish and English. There is a section on Pre-colonial history and a section on Colonial history. To understand a place and a people you should learn about their history. This is a great place to start.

Visited June 2014
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Parksville, Canada
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“A must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum and its collection of artifacts from ancient times and cultures is one of the very best we have ever seen. It also gives a very fascinating explanation of the development of art, culture and the evolution of the use of metals other than gold and silver. we have seen many museums in Mexico, Peru, Chile etc and this is near or at the top.

Visited May 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Wonderful collections”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

I was delighted to learn about pre Incan archaeology from this museum. The primary artifacts are pottery, and this area was divided by groups of people. Some were incredibly beautiful! The written explanations (Spanish and English) were informative. The lighting was not always great, and the level of services is less than you'd get in wealthier countries, but I felt it was acceptable. I have an image of one particular piece, a vessel/flute, burned into my mind that I love to remember the beauty of.

Visited June 2014
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San Francisco
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“Best Anthropology/Archaeology Museum in Ecuador or Peru”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

We chose to visit this museum as it was within walking distance of our hotel. This was a very smart decision. It is housed in a vast mirrored building, in a complex of arts buildings, aside the park. The staff was welcoming and spoke multiple languages. We had been warned that there was little English in this museum, this is WRONG! The collection is vast, superbly displayed, there is ample text everywhere in Spanish and English, and one object after another is exquisite. There is much to learn here, and well worth spending a full day so you have time to read & learn. There are many students around, and this speaks well of the museum's outreach. Many locals we spoke to knew of this museum, however had not been in years. How sad for them, we encouraged all to visit again, soon. In South America we have visited many anthropology/archaeology museums. We are world travellers and have visited MANY anthropology/archaeology museums over the years. Central Bank Museum (Museo del Banco Central) ranks at the top of our list, along with Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi) in Siracua, Italy. This is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Visited June 2014
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