NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR + 40 MUSEUMS LIST QUITO

 

National Museum of Ecuador

The National Museum of Ecuador is the best of all museums of Ecuador, just north of old town Quito. Opening hours, addresses and features of all museums of Ecuador and Quito. Discover the golden mask and many other great up-to 5500 year old archaeological objects, religious and modern arts, history. All objects are tastefully displayed with outstanding bilingual explanations in modern glass showcases, artfully distributed in large modern museum rooms.

 

The Ecuador's museums with addresses, hours and themes are an absolute must for any visitor to Ecuador. Themes: Pre-Colombian objects, Gold Room, Religious Colonial. One needs at least an hour to briefly wander through the museum, but I have personally visited it several times, each time discovering some fascinating object I had not noticed before. The bilingual explanations are excellent, very modern and entry is totally free (1500+ items). 

 

40+ Museums List of Quito with addresses

Many of the finest of Quito's 40+ museums, Ecuador are all within 5 minutes' walks from each other and the Plaza Central. Some merit at least an hour, while others are fun for brief 10 - 15 minutes walk-ins. Entry fees are very moderate, usually between $2 and $3 for adults.

 

In old town Quito, several museums are hidden behind inconspicuous entrances, or make part of church complexes. The regulations of Quito being a cultural World Heritage Site prohibits the placing of conspicuous boards and redesign of facades, although sometimes those requirements are undermined by ugly banners. So don't be mislead by a modest entrance, some of the museums behind a simple door are world class!

 

Keep an open eye and appreciate what you are getting. Some museums are nothing more - and nothing less - than a mansion or historical house in Old Town Quito, but to appreciate the lives of the colonial upper class, those places give you a true impression of the history of the country. No sophisticated mega museum can give you an impression of what life was like when Ecuador was developing into a nation, as those lovely - but small - museums are offering. Don't ignore them, pay them a brief visit and let your mind descend into a past of when Ecuador was gradually entering into the adulthood of nations. One of my favorites it the Quito's city museum that has some great exhibitions of the colonial days.

 

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.

 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

Price: $ 99

 1 days

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.

NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuní National Park are exesively expensive and just orgazide along each lodge. We decided to organize a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges

 

 

Price: $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno

 NEW LAGARTOCOCHA EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartococha lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Sequoya Indian Village

 

 

Price: $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

admirando las increíbles aves

 LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Lagartococha!

 

 

Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price:  from $ 390

4 - 5 days

 

Chimborazo con Lamas

NORTHERN ANDES CUSTOM ECO TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Precio: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome ent Galapagos

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

 

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PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Precio: $ 1199

7 days

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40+ Museums in Quito

40+ Museums in Quito

Address

Opening hours*

Features

Info to select your preferred museums while on vacation in Quito

Alianza Franc?

Av. Eloy Alfaro N32-468 & B?gica

9-19, Sa 9-12:30

Cultural center of France with expositions of French art as well as cultural events.

Arte Actual Flasco

La Pradera E7-174 & Almagro

9-13, 15-18

Cultural center of contemporary art.

Associaci? Humbolt

Vancouver E5-54 & Polonia

10-18

Cultural center of the Goethe Institute to promote cultural exchange with art gallery.

Cafelibro

 

12-14 17-21 Sa 18-21

Cultural caf? with many living art expression. Entry free, consumption expected.

Capilla del Hombre Guyasam?

Mariano Calvache E18-94 & Lorenzo Ch?ez

T-Sa 10-17

Latin American art.

Casa de las artes La Ronda

Juan de Dios Morales & Guyaquil

9:30-19:00

Exposition of historical photographs of the Calle Ronda.

Casa del Alabado, Museo de Arte Precolombiano

Cuenca & Rocafuerte

T-Sa 9:30-17:30 Su 10-16

Precolombian art museum.

Casa Museo Kingman

Almagro & Pradera

9-13, 15-19

Exposition of work of Kingman and other contemporary art.

Casa Museo Manuela S?nz

Jun? OE113 & Montufar

10-16 Sa10-14

Museum dedicated to Quito's hero Manuela S?z.

Casa Museo Mar? Augusta Urrutia

Garcia Moreno 760 & Sucre

T-F 10-18, Sa-Sa 9:30-17:30

Historical mansion with exposition dedicated to Mar? Augusta Urrutia, giving an impression of the lives of the colonial nobility and art of Victor Mideros.

Centro Cultural Benjam? Carri?

Jorge Washington E2-42 & Ulpiano Pa?

9-17

Cultural Center and exposition of sculptures.

Centro Cultural del Instituto Geogr?ico Militar

Loma del Dorado & Seniergues E4-676

8-16:30

Educational exposition on science particularly related to mapping.

Centro Cultural Govindas

Esmeraldas OE 119 & Venezuela

M-Su 8-18

Cultural center Govindas dedicated to conscientious, social and ecological art with emphasis on (Asian) Indian culture.

Centro Cultural Itchimb?

Iquique S/N sector el Dorado

 

Cultural center in the restored former Santa Clara Market with contemporary art events and expositions with great view over historical center.

Centro Cultural La Casa de Juan Caf?Sibar?/font>

Calle La Ronda 707

T-T 11-12, F-Sa 11-14 Su 14-24

Cultural cafe-restaurant in historical mansion with musical and other cultural expressions.

Centro Cultural Metropolitano

Garc? Moreno & Espejo

8-19 Sa 9-14

Modern temporary expositions of widely varying themes and library.

Centro de Arte Contempor?eo

Luis D?ila & Venezuela

T-Su 9-17:30

Cultural enter in the former Military Hospital with expositions of contemporary art, study and documentation center & art laboratory.

Escuela Taller Quito

Mont?ar N2-50 & Pereira

8-12, 13-16 Sa 9-13

Youth training center for traditional art skills with workshop for architectonical restoration.

Estamper? Quite?

Av. 24 de Mayo, junto Capilla del Robo

9-17, Sa 9-13

Printing Center dedicated to the study and development of the art of knowledge of printing, offering artists a place for production and marketing of their products.

Instituto Ecuatoriano de Cultura Hisp?ica

Olmedo Oe5-74 & Benalcazar

9-13

Museum with works of the Quito School of Art of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a library. The colonial mansion also serves for cultural center performances.

Jard? Bot?ico de Quito

Parque La Carolina at Pasaje Rumipampa & Av. Shiris

8-17, Sa Su 9-17

Different ecosystems and thematic gardens.

Casa de la Danza

Jun? E2-186 & Javier Guti?rez

 

Dans performances and teaching.

Museo Aeron?tico y del Espacio

Av. La Prensa & Carlos V. within the Airbase

8:30-12:30 13:30-15:30

Aviations and Airforce history of Quito with historical aircraft and equipment of Ecuador.

Museo Alberto Mena Caama?

Espejo & Garc? Moreno

T-Sa 9-17:30 Su 9-13:30

Wax museum with historical moments and figures in the former Quito prison. An interesting historical building with a restored part of the catacomb that traverse the Plaza de la Independencia, connecting churches and palaces.

Museo Etnogr?ico Amaz?ico

Av. 12 de Octubre 23-116 & Wilson

9-13, 14-17:30

 

Museum of the seven Ecuadorian Amazon tribes.

Museo Arqueol?ico Antonio Santiana

Av. Am?ica & P?ez Guerrero, Un. Central, Fac. de Filosof?

8-17

Oldest archaeological museum of Ecuador with 2 exposition rooms and library with publications.

Museo Camilo Egas

Venezuela N9-02 & Esmeraldas

T-F 9-13

Museum in colonial mansion dedicated to the art works of Camilo Egas.

Museo de Acuarela y Dibujo Mu?z Mari?

Jun? E2-27

T-F 9-17

Museum dedicated to the Aquarelles and drawings by Mu?z Mari?

Museo de la Biblioteca Ecuatoriana Aurelio Espinoza P?it

Jos?Nogales N69-22 & Francisco Arcos - Cotocollao

8-17

Library, Colonial and historical Art museum.

Museo de la Ciudad

Garcia Moreno S1-47 & Rocafuerte

T-Su 9:30 - 17:30

The former hospital with chapel offers scenes and objects of Quito's historical past, including a historical hospital scene. Restaurant and terrace.

Museo de Santo Domingo Fray Pedro Bed?

Plaza Santo Domingo

9-17 Sa 9-14

Part of the convent of the Santo Domingo Church converted into museum and courtyard.

Museo de Sitio Inti?n

Av. C?dova Galarza, 200m before the roundabout at Mitad del Mundo

M-Su 9:30-17

Open air museum and other expositions of Ecuadorian tribes.

Museo de Sitio la Florida

Antoncio Costa & Rom? (entrada por Av. Occidental)

W-Sa 9-16 Su 10-16

Archaeological site.

Museo de Sitio Tulipe

 

W-Sa 9-17

70km North of Quito, archaeological site with water works belonging to the Yumbos culture.

Chimbacalle Train Station & Museum

Quilotoa s/n & Sangay

W-Su 9-13, 14-16:30

Ecuadorian restored train station is both a museum and the departure point for the Quito - Guyaquil railroad renowned for the Devil's nose pass. The restored train service became in operation again in 2014.

Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales

Pasaje Rumipamba & Shyris in Carolina Park

8-13, 13.45-16.45 Sa 9-13

Natural history museum.

Museo etnohist?ico de artesan?s del Ecuador - Mindalae

Reina Victoria N26-166 & Ni?

M-Sa 9-17:30

Ethnological art museum.

Museo Etnogr?ico de la Mitad del Mundo

Av. Manuel C?dova Galarza km 13,5

M-Su 9-18

Ethnological museum showcasing the different tribes of Ecuador.

Museo Franciscano del Padre Almeida

Calicuchima 117 & Farf?

M-Sa 10-13, 14-17 Su 10-13

Fransiscaner museum in the San Diego Convent.

Museo San Francisco Fray Pedro Gocial

Plaza San Francisco

M-S 9-17:30 Su 9-13:30

Religious art museum and convent. Splendid balcony view over the San Francisco Church.

Museo Miguel de Santiago de San Agust?

Chile 924 & Guayaquil

9-12:30, 14-17 Sa 9-13

Religious art museum and convent.

Museo Monacal de Santa Catalina de Siena

Espejo Oe 1-85 & Flores

8:30-17 Sa 8:30-12:30

Religious history of the convent with historical scenes.

National Museum Ecuador

Av. Patria in Casa de Cultura

T-F 9-17, Sa-Su 10-16

Archaeological and colonial art museum with important gold collection and thematic scenes.

Museo Nacional de Medicina "Eduardo Estrella"

Sidoro s/n & Valparaiso

8:30-18 Sa 9-14

Medical museum with expositions on pre-colonial, colonial and early modern medicine.

Museo Nimism?ico

Garc? Moreno & Sucre

T-F 9-17 Sa-Su 10-16

Coin and money museum.

Museo Arqueol?ico Weilbauer

Av. 12 de Octubre & Roca in Centro Cultural PUCE, 2nd floor

9-16

Archaeological museum of the Catholic University, with most artifacts donated by the Weilbauer family.

Palacio de Carondelet

Presidential Palace

T-Su 9-16. Mo change of the guard 11

Guided excursions through the Presidential Palace. Passport required for entry.

Parque Arqueol?ico & Ecol?ico Rumpipampa

Av. Mariana de Jes? & Occidental

W-Su 8-16:30

Archaeological site at a colonial hacienda.

Posada de las Artes Kingman

Almagro & Pradera

9-13, 15-19

Expostion dedicated to Kingman.

Vivarium de Quito

Av. Amazonas & Rumipamba in Carolina Park

T-Su 9:30-17:30

Live collection of amphibians and reptiles.

Yaku Parque Museo del Agua

El Placer OE11-271

T-Su 9-17:30

Water museum with splendid view over Quito

* Monday - Friday is not mentioned. If Monday closed: T-F. Saturday (Sa) and Sunday (Su) closed unless mentioned with different opening hours.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden Sun Mask Banco Central / Casa de Cultura, National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Banco Central / Casa de Cultura National Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Entrance National Museum / Casa de Cultura, Qutio, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: National Museum professional displays

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Archaeological interpretation at National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

Professionally designed and displayed pre-Colombian history of Ecuador. Excellent bi-lingual texts!

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden ornament at National museum, Quito, ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden mask at the Sala de Oro at Casa de Cultura, Quito, Ecuador

Museums in Ecuador: Golden necklace at National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

The "gold Room" displays a collection of some of the most fascinating pre-Colombian golden jewellery and artefacts.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Ceramic figure National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Ceramic royal person at Casa de Cultura, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Indian woman statue Casa de la Cultura, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Pre-inca king, ceramic figure, Casa de Cultura, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Clay statue National Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Pre-inca ceramic pot, National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Pre-inca statue, Museo National, Quito, Ecuador

Particularly the coast of Ecuador has been studded with pottery.

 

 

Often layers and layers of smithereens, but wonderful in tact graves have also been found and some beautifully displayed artefacts can be found in the National Museum Ecuador. Countless artefacts are displayed in the Archaeological Room.

 

The National Museum of Ecuador shows some fabulous reconstructions of burial sites:

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Pre-colonial grave, National Museum in Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden box, gold room, National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden brooch, Museo National, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden Mask, Sala de Oro, Museo National, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden ornament, Banco Central Gold Room, Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden mirror, museo national del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden shield, gold room, Banco Central museum.

 

Tastefully displayed in the Gold Room (Sala del Oro), countless golden artefacts are displayed in show cases, grave reconstructions and on replica mannequins.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Saint statue in the National Museum in Quito.

The Colonial Art room show cases beautiful artifacts from churches and well-to-families.

A "custodia" = Sacred receptacle for keeping a symbolic peace of holy bread or wafer.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Maria with Child National Museum of Ecuador in Quito.

Gold-leaf covered woodcarving of saint.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden crown on model at the National Museum of Ecuador.

Replica on manequin of golden crown

 

City Museum of Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Court yard of the Museo de la Ciudad in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Room of a colonial house in the City Museum in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Capilla del Antiguo Hospital San Juan Museum in Quito.

City Museum of Quito (Museo de la Ciudad de Quito) is located in the former Hospital San Juan de Dios. Its modest $3 entry fee is well worth your money. The museum gives a great impression about Quito's early days and its history. 

 

 

Many colonial scenes are realistically and artfully displayed in the historical building of the hospital. Well worth a visit. The hospital's beautifully restored chapel is now primarily used for musical and other living arts performances.

 

Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

The Casa del Alabado, Museum of Pre-Columbian Art  is a museum in a beautiful colonial mansion in old town Quito. The museum is dedicated to Ecuadorian pre-Columbian art and well worth your visit.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Casa de Alabado Museum of Pre-Colombian Art in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Ceramic statue at the Alabado Museum in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Pre-colombian Art at the Casa de Alabado Museum in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Shaman Ceramic Statue at the Alabado Museum in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Ceramic dolphin at the Alabado Museum in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Golden Collar at the Casa de Alabado Museum in Quito

 

Carmen Alto Convent Museum

The Carmen Alto Convent has a religious museum with religious paintings and statues. Beautiful court yard of the convent.

 

San Francisco Convent Museum

Better designed than the previously listed museum, the San Francisco Convent Museum, to the right of the Church, also houses a collection of religious art pieces and paintings. Moreover, it gives a great view over the convent's premises with 2 beautiful patios and a unique view over the church from the otherwise inaccessible balcony.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: San Fransisco Convent & Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Religious Art museum San Francisco Convent in Quito

Courtyard San Francisco Convent Museum is one of the finest courtyards of old town Quito

Exposition San Francisco Convent Museum

 

Sucre Museum

In 1828, the liberator and first president of Ecuador bought this house as his residence, but only lived there briefly until he was assassinated in 1830. It is a beautiful colonial mansion with a collection of weapons and wonderful furniture of the period. The house gives a splendid impression of how the upper-class and nobles of the day lived in Quito. It is managed by Ecuador's armed forces.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Sucre Museum Mansion in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Court Yard Sucre Museum in Quito

The Sucre Museum.

The court yard of the Sucre House.

   

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Main room Sucre Museum in Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Saddle Room in the Sucre Museum in Quito.

The living room of the Sucre family.

The saddle room of the Sucre House.

 

Banco Central Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Banco Central Museum, Quito, Ecuador.

Formerly the home of the national archaeological collection including the renowned Golden Sun Mask, the beautiful neoclassical former Banco Central building is now a monetary museum, which still is worth visiting even though it no longer has the prestige of its former archaeological collection, even if if were just for seeing the building interior.

 

Centro Cultural Metropolitano

This free cultural center of Quito in a neo-classical building across the street from the palace has frequent expositions and is well worth walking in. It has beautiful court yards and a library.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Exposition hall of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Court yard Central Cultural Metropolitano in Quito

Above left: Centro Cultural Metropolitano entrance.

 

Above right: Exposition hall.

 

Left: Court yard Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

 

National Cathedral Museum

The National Cathedral Museum or Museo Catedral Primada de Quito, is a must as it is the home of the most beautiful room of Quito, the Sala Capitular, which I consider the Versailles Ball Room of Quito and a must see. It further houses a smaller chapel behind the Cathedral, with the Mausoleum of Sucre and a great collection of religious are.  The entrance is little known and located at Calle Venezuela 3-117 & Espejo.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Entrance of the National Cathedral Museum in Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Sala Capitular at the National Cathedral Museum in Quito.

The inconspicuous entrance of the National Cathedral Museum.

Quito's "Versailles Ball Room", the Sala Capitular, the most beautiful room in Quito in one of the finest museums in Quito, the National Cathedral Museum.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Robes and miters of the early bishops of Quito.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Admiral Sucre Mausoleum in the Chapel of the National Cathedral Museum in Quito

Beautiful robes and miters of the early bishops of Quito are guarded in the treasure room.

The Admiral Sucre Mausoleum in the Chapel of the National Cathedral Museum.

   

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Chimbacalle Restored Railroad Station and Museum.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Resored steam enginen at the Chimbacalle Restored Railroad Station and Museum.

 

The Chimbacalle Railroad Station used to be the Quito central railroad station during the 19th and 20th century until the railroad system fell became dysfunctional in the 80s. In 2008 the government started restoring the railroad system of Ecuador into its former glory and since 2014, it is possible again to ride the fabulous train from Quito to Guayaquil, passing through the Devil's Nose Pass.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Mar? Augusta Urritia House Museum.

Quito Museums: Mar? Augusta Urrit? House Interior.

 

One of the finest colonial mansions, from the street, the Mar? Augusta Urritia House-Museum appears rather inconspicuous. Located on the Garc? Moreno street just past the Jesus Compa?a church, this museum is a must to see for a brief walk-in visit to get an impression on how the upper-class lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Astronomical Observatory, Quito

Built in 1873, the Observatory of Quito is the oldest on the continent. Renovated in 2009, it is both a museum of historical instruments and open to the public for star gazing on cloudless nights.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito Orchid House

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito Cactus House

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito Yellow Orchid

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito White Orchid

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito Pink Angel's Trumpet

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito purple orchid

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical Garden Quito purple bromelia

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Botanical garden.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Amphibians House Vivarium of Quito

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Museum of Natural History

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Museum of Natural History, Fossile Dinosaur.

 

The Botanical Garden of Quito in the Carolina Park has a great selection of incredibly beautiful native flowers you will have difficulty finding in the wild. A must for every ecotourist. As they are all within 100m of each other, you may also enjoy visiting the Museum of Natural History and the amphibians and reptiles collection at the Vivarium.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Colonial Art Museum entrance

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Colonial Art Museum court yard

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Colonial Art Museum Pedestal

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Colonial Art Museum Secretaire

A small museum in a beautiful mansion with colonial art.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Centro Cultural La Casa de Juan Caf?Sibar? width=

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Museo de Acuarela y Dibujo Mu?z Mari?.

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Not a real museum, Tianguez has a great terrace on the Plaza San Fransisco, to rest and enjoy the historical surroundings.

 

Cultural Center La Casa de Juan Caf?Sibar?with performing arts.

Aquarelle Museum of the work of Mu?z Mari?.

A shop on Plaza San Fransisco, Tianguez has a nice terrace.

       

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Quito former city jail, now Quito Wax Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Wax Museum of Quito has catacombs with historical scenes

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Quito Wax Museum scene of French geodesion mission Mitad del Mundo

NATIONAL MUSEUM ECUADOR & QUITO's 40+ MUSEUMS: Quito Catacombs traverse the Plaza Central, connecting palaces, cathedrals and other monumental buildings.

 

The Wax Museum in Quito in the former city jail not only has historical scenes like the French Geodesian mission in wax statues, but also some very interesting catacombs that run under the Plaza Central, connecting palaces and churches.

Colonial Churches of Quito