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“Our favorite museum--brings other times to life--guide amazing even if you don't speak Spanish. ”

Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia)
Ranked #37 of 221 things to do in Quito
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Owner description: This impressive museum houses paintings by Victor Mideros and fine displays of French porcelain, silver dinnerware and colonial art.
Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

A great place to see if you're about people and how they lived...not just 'things' but how these artifacts showed up in daily life. Yes, about a very wealthy woman (who also used wealth to care for children on one floor and entertain Presidents on another). But getting a sense of how it was adds an amazing dimension.

Personally assigned tour guide (for just the two of us) made all the difference. That he spoke little English (tour was all in Spanish) and we had even less Spanish made it even more wonderful. His presence and interest in the objects enables us to see and feel them in a way we certainly wouldn't have without a guide, and might not have with an English one. You can puzzle a lot of it out, and we used a language app for a few critical questions. Fun and so human!!!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed March 7, 2016

I felt it was by far the most interesting experience in old town. Really interesting house and the guides did a great job explaining the history of Maria and the house.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed March 6, 2016

House owned by one of Quito's most famous patrons. Took care of the city's kids. Many of her furnishings here, though they're from 20th century. The house itself is old and of old spanish colonial architecture. We enjoyed the visit, but preferred Mariscal Sucre home.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

This house was from the "crazy twenties". Inside, things are wonderfully preserved. There are quite a few paintings, as well as some exhibits that were donated by others that were not actually there, but were from the same time period. This house gives wonderful perspective on house in from the twenties. The guides for the tours are very informative.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank TimHtrvrllr
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Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

The riches in this marvellous house are beyond anything I've seen. Beautiful tiling, handpainted murals, gold and silver everywhere, amazing wooden floors and the most decadent bathroom I have ever seen. Go and see it now (and take the not very original story of Marias life for granted).

Date of experience: January 2016
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