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Ecuador has always witnessed its trials and tribulations in history from the time of Inca’s to the Spanish Empire to the present day. This heritage has to be preserved in different museums and galleries for future generations. Most of museums are located in the Centro Histórico (Historic Center) of Quito. Exhibits mostly include personal works of great artists, relics of archaeological excavations in and around Ecuador and paintings and carvings dating to the Spanish rule.

Famous Museums in Quito

Museum Alberto Mena Caamaño Quito

Exhibits: museum displaying the historical content of Quito most of which is Alberto Mena Caamaño collection of paintings dating to the 16th and 17th century.

Address: Eugenio Espejo, Quito 170401, Ecuador

Sucre House (Museo Casa de Sucre)

Exhibits: once home of José Antonio de Sucre, hero of Ecuadorean independence. Ground floor: weapons and military ruins, Second Floor: renovated similar to Sucre’s era.

Address: Venezuela, Quito 170401, Ecuador

National Museum of Ecuador (Museo Nacional del Ecuador)

Exhibits: divided into five parts. Sala Arqueología: displays artefacts from pre coloumbian and pre-historic times, Sala de Oro: gold articles from pre colonization era, Sala de Arte Colonial, Sala de Arte Republicano, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo: displays from colonial, republican and modern era.

Address: Avenida Patria (between Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Avenida 12 de Octubre), Quito, Ecuador

Museo Amazonico (Museum Antropológico Amazónico Quito)

Exhibits: ceramics, pottery, clothes and hunting instruments of the native Amazonians

Address: Ave 12 de Octubre &, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Museum of the City (Museo de la Ciudad) (Visit Museo de la Ciudad)

Exhibits: spacious two floors displaying memorabilia’s like horse drawn carriages, and colonial era artefacts. Beautiful and peaceful courtyard providing a preview of south Quito.

Address: García Moreno, Quito 170405, Ecuador

Museum Of Maria Augusta Urrutia

Exhibits: once to home of philanthropist Maria Augusta, the house includes works and displays dedicated to Maria’s life like her portraits, personal diaries and letters. Upper floor has been maintained the same way as in the year 1987 when she died. It offers a detailed view of her daily life like a display of personal belongings i.e. comb, clothes, etc.

Address: García Moreno 760, Quito 170401, Ecuador

Iglesia y Museo de Santo Domingo

Exhibits: museum located insided the Iglesia y de Santo Domingo Church. Exhibits include religious paintings and sculptures from the 16th and 17th century displayed in the courtyard.

Address: Calle Guayaquil S1-76, Quito 170130, Ecuador

Museo Franciscano Fray Pedro Gocial

Exhibits: situated inside the Monastery of San Francisco. Religious art and paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries like works of Miguel de Santiago are displayed.

Address: Cuenca 477 y, Quito 170401, Ecuador

Fundación Guayasamín

Exhibits: works of Oswaldo Guayasamín who expressed emotions of pain, grief and misery through his paintings and sculptures. Museum is housed in his home which is devoted to his own personal collection of paintings and archaeological pieces from colonial times.

Address: E18-94 y Barrio, Mariano Calvache, Quito 170122, Ecuador

Museo Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño

Exhibits: located on the first floor of the Library of Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Displayed are private archaeological collections by Jijón y Caamaño donated by his wife to the PUCE. Paintings mostly depict life in the pre-Columbian Ecuador.

Address: Avenida 12 de Octubre 1076 y Vicente Ramón Roca. Edificio del Centro Cultural 2do. piso., Quito, Ecuador

Museo Camilo Egas

Exhibits: works of Ecuador’s best artists Camilo Egas (1898-1962) collected by Central Bank of Ecuador. Also includes a workshop called “Experience Camilo Egas” for visitors.

Address: Calle Venezuela, N9 02, Quito, Ecuador

Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales

Exhibits: palaeontology exhibits from Ecuador like skeleton of a megaterid found in San Jose, mastodon, rodents, mollusks, etc.

Address: Rumipamba 341 and Av. de Los Shyris (Parque La Carolina), Quito, Ecuador

Popular Art Galleries in Quito

Quito has always been the centre of interest for art connoisseurs. The city enjoys the title of “Cultural Capital of Humanity” due to its constant greed to promote Ecuadorian art on international platform. Paintings and sculptures from Spanish Rule can be found at museums while a person with an eye for a genuine art piece can pick up worthy pieces at Mercado Artesanal, market at El Ejido park or at shops outside the Mitad del Mundo. Prices of relics here can be bargained and you can pick a piece or two of beautiful paintings. Art Galleries in Quito which present specialized art include La Galeria, Karnak and Exedra Fundación.

Marsu Arte
Address: Quito 170157, Ecuador

Galería Gogh
Address: Quito 170517, Ecuador

Galeria Arte Beltrán
Address: y J. Washington, Reina Victoria N21-30, Quito 170517, Ecuador

Opus Mae Art Gallery
Address: Centro Comercial Naciones Unidas, Local S14, Avenida Naciones Unidas E5-47, Quito 170102, Ecuador

+ARTE galería
Address: 12 de Octubre N26-48 y Abraham Lincoln, Edificio Mirage, PB, Quito, Ecuador

YeZaVe Gallery Art
Address: Machala, Quito 170104, Ecuador

Galería de No Lugar
Address: Vicente León, Quito 170136, Ecuador

TALLER DE ARTE MODERNO
Address: Quito 170130, Ecuador

Imaginar Casa de Arte cumbaya
Address: Local #7 Av. Interoceánica S/N, Quito, Ecuador

HOJAS Y PETALOS
Address: Interoceanica Centro, Quito 170184, Ecuador

San LucasTaller de Arte
Address: Riobamba n54-165 y, Quito 170104, Ecuador

Stadiums

Stadiums in Quito other than being the venue for soccer matches also play an important part in arranging musical and theatre concerts where the audience numbers can cross thousands. Most of them can accommodate more than 10,000 visitors.

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Address: 6 de Diciembre and Naciones Unidas, Quito, Ecuador

Coliseo Rumiñahui
Address: 6 Avenida Ladrón de Guevara y Toledo, Quito, Ecuador