"National Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador" Museo Nacional del Banco Central - Nacional Museum Tip by travelmad478


Get over the fact that this museum is named for the National Bank of Ecuador, and just GO. This museum is in Quito's new town, and forms one part of a large cultural complex. For two dollars, you get the run of one of the best museums I've seen in Latin America.

The collection is vast, and is divided into sections covering periods of Ecuador's history. The Archeological Court's collection dates from 12,000 BC to 1534 AD, the year that the Spanish invaded the region. We spent hours in this gallery, which is enormous and beautifully presented. The whole history of the region is depicted in text (English and Spanish) and graphics, accompanied by thousands of artifacts. The Golden Court, also containing pieces dating from the pre-colonial period, holds a dazzling array of gold objects from the various indigenous cultures that peopled this part of the world. The Colonial Art Court is devoted to crafts and religious decorative arts from the three centuries of Spanish rule, 1534-1820. Finally, the Republican Art Court contains paintings, sculptures, and other pieces from Ecuador's independence in 1820 to the middle of the 20th century.

Address: Avenida Patria
Directions: South end of Mariscal, in Parque Arbolito
Phone: (593) 2 222-3258

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2004
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