Museo Nacional de Banco Central del Ecuador, Chontapunta
Coca Airport, Chontapunta N0153
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Contact:+593 2 222 3258
Open Hours: Tu to Fr from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Sa to Su from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
This impressive museum contains a substantial collection of pre-Columbian, colonial art in one wing, and contemporary art in ... More
Museo Nacional de Banco Central del Ecuador
This impressive museum contains a substantial collection of pre-Columbian, colonial art in one wing, and contemporary art in the other. Museo Nacional de Banco Central del Ecuador is an ideal museum to get an overall picture of the history of Ecuador, from the very first inhabitants, through the conquest, the Colonial and Republican periods, up to the contemporary era. The exhibition includes ancient pieces, sculptures, paintings, utensils and all sorts of objects and art pieces from the first Ecuadorian settlers. The museum is easily reached, as it is located between two of the city's principal streets, in the north-central part of the city.
I've lived in Quito for the past 4 months, and have done quite a bit of site seeing during my time here. I consider el Museo del Banco Central to be one of the best opportunities to examine the historical aspect of Ecuador, and is a definite site that should be seen.
This is a very extensive museum, with a low entrance fee (I believe somewhere around $1.50, and cheaper if you're a student in Ecuador). It covers the archeological history of Ecuador (very fasinating). This includes a museum of gold artifacts.
The second story of the museum highlights the religious past of Ecuador, featuring a number of collonial art pieces.
The third and fourth stories feature art throughout the ages. I didn't appreciate these floors as much as the first two. However, it doesn't hurt to take a look up there, as there is no additional fee. There is an extensive original art collection, but nothing that is particularly striking, when compared to the religious art and the striking archeological artifacts.
All in all, this museum gives an excellent overview of the history of Ecuador, and if you're spending a at least a few days in Quito, it's well worth the visit.
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