The best museums to visit in Quito, the capital of Ecuador

The best museums to visit in Quito, the capital of Ecuador

There is a wide range of quality museums to choose from in the capital city of the country.

As a matter of fact, you can find some of the best museums in South America in the capital city of Ecuador. I confess I have yet to visit some of the museums in this article.

Learn more about all the things you can do while in Quito by visiting Visit Ecuador and South America’s page with the top things to do in the country’s capital city. 

If you are a history buff or just want to know a bit more about the culture, history, and art of the country, here are some museums worth visiting:

•    Contemporary art Museum

You can find this museum in the northern part of the Basilica del Voto Nacional.

The museum has permanent and also temporary art exhibitions.

•    Casa del Alabado

The location of Casa del Alabado museum is just on the South of Plaza San Francisco.

This is a small museum that offers an imposing and also comprehensive collection of pre-colonial art.

You get to learn all about the different tribes that inhabited Ecuador before the time of the Inca.

•    City Museum (Museo de la ciudad)

The museum is located just east of the Plaza de Santo Domingo. ( Garcia Moreno Street, between Morales and Rocafuerte)The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday,  09:30 – 17:30.

El Museo de la Ciudad is one of the most gorgeous restored historic buildings.

It offers information about the history of the city. Starting with indigenous groups, the arrival of the Inca civilization, to the Spanish colonization, and up to more modern times.

•    La Capilla del Hombre

Located in Calle Mariano Calvache E18-94 y Lorenzo Chávez, esq. ( Barrio Bellavista).

The museum showcases the work of the legendary Ecuadorian Artist Oswaldo Guayasamín.  Opening hours are from Tuesdays – Sundays from 10:00 – 17:00. (closed on Mondays and holidays).

•    Casa de Sucre Museum

This museum is dedicated to Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre’s life, a hero of Ecuadorian independence.

Visit this museum to travel back in time.  This museum features the history of Quito and especially the times of the colony and independence.

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• Ecuador’s National Bank Museum

This museum belongs to the Banco Central del Ecuador.

The museum is located on Av. Patria between 6 de Diciembre and 12 de Octubre.

The museum has a great collection of items, including Indian and Inca artifacts, breathtaking intricate sculptures, among others.

•    Museum of Anthropology Colegio Mejia

This museum offers 17 rooms showcasing the 21 different ethnic groups in all the regions of Ecuador.

In addition, there is a special room dedicated to the fauna of Ecuador.

•    Natural History Museum Gustavo Orcés (MHNGO)

It is located in the Escuela Politécnica Nacional University.

The museum houses the oldest and most crucial pale-ontological collection in the country.

•    The Wax Museum

The museum is located in the historic center.

It houses some quality objects and also historical documents dating back to the Audiencia de Quito. (an administrative unit in the Spanish Empire)

•    The ecological and recreational museum Yaku

Ecuadorians refer to this museum as the water museum located in the western part of the city.

This is an interactive, hands-on museum that teaches about the importance to fight water pollution.  It is a great museum to raise awareness about the environment.

Here, you can learn valuable information on how to preserve water.

Outside Quito

Intiñan Solar Museum

It is located just 200m northeast of the Mitad del Mundo Monument.

It is a local private attraction, reportedly built to mark the Equatorial line.

This museum offers a variety of activities and also knowledge of Ecuadorian culture.

Tour guides will demonstrate tricks that are possible only on the Equator.

Due to the Coriolis effect, water will be flowing both counter-clockwise and clockwise down a drain.

In addition, there is balancing eggs on the head of a nail or weakening of muscles due to latitude.

Read more about Intinan Museum.

In conclusion, as you can see, the capital city of Ecuador boasts a wide range of museums for you to choose from.

I invite you to discover the wide range of museums throughout Quito.

Have you been to any of these museums?


Take a look at other activities you can enjoy in the city and surroundings while you are in Quito.

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Where to stay

We often have friends, family, and also work-related visitors coming to Quito; together with my family, we have our top recommendations here:

Hacienda Jimenita is the place to escape to nature, relax and connect with history near Quito Airport. We tell you all about our visit to this enchanting hacienda and book your stay. 

Hotel Las Cuevas Terra Lodge to spend the perfect getaway in a cave hotel near Quito. You can read all about our unique experience here and book your stay. 

Hotel Finlandia has a great location in the modern part of Quito, near the main shopping centers and Parque La Carolina. It offers good food, fair prices, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable rooms and the staff is helpful and friendly.

Hotel Vieja Cuba This is a cozy small hotel with comfortable rooms, and friendly and helpful staff. The hotel offers a fresh-made breakfast consisting of eggs, granola, toast, ham, cheese, yogurt, and tea or coffee. The location is also great, not far from Plaza Foch, within walking distance you have one of the nicest areas for locals and tourists alike. Minutes away from shops, restaurants, pubs, bars, and more.

and if you want to go camping but without abandoning some comfort, you can go Glamping at Urkuwayku Organic Farm in Ilalo, it connects you with Nature and is located near Quito.




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