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One of the best museums you have to visit while you are in Quito

This museum is right there close to the Palacio de Gobierno, and it will always surprise you. You can just see the beautiful patios or go inside and enjoy the culture of this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is right there close to the Palacio de Gobierno, and it will always surprise you. You can just see the beautiful patios or go inside and enjoy the culture of this ancient city. Strongly recommend.

Thank lahueca
Reno, Nevada
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This museum is inexpensive and gives the history of the area from its earliest origins. However, despite being told otherwise, most of the displays are only in Spanish so we couldn't get as much out of it as we wanted. Nonetheless, we spent over 2 hours here and it was a great escape from the rain.

Thank WG89519
Denver, Colorado
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287 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I visited several Quito museums to get the best understanding possible, with this one helping me understand Quito after the Spanish arrived. Not much of the museum signage is in English, so a guide is necessary. Exhibits are interesting and explain much of the turmoil that occurred during this later period. Cost is $1.

Thank Tirebiter8
Orlando, Florida
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68 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

My wife and I were looking for something a little different and our driver suggested this museum. I am so glad he did. It gave us the history of the City of Quito from ancient times up to modern day. It was very interesting. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting the city of Quito.

Thank Whgille
Montreal, Canada
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96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

A really great theme to illustrate Quito through 10 millennia but Museum can't quite live up to promise. The English language illustrations are rare and not as involved as those in Spanish. The combination with the 450 year old hospital is badly illustrated and not explained in English So improvement would enhance this site with great potential. The chapel is... More 

Thank Fred B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Entry included a guided tour, which really adds value. The museum depicts the history of the city with some well thought out rooms. Some rooms are rebuilding complete historical streets, that you can then walk through. Much attention to detail; like the intricate design of the floors. We were not disappointed, definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

The museum is keep pretty tidy and is beautiful. Tours at the museum are quite to the point and the guides always offer that extra information when you ask. A good experience!1

Thank Artius V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This place is free, which is just as although it is a very nice building, it was a bit on the boring side. I speak low-medium level Spanish but even so, I found it a bit boring. There was a nice display of photos from the late 19th century through to the mid 20th of city sights but if it... More 

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Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

The museum is housed in a former hospital and it covers the history of Quito from the earliest prehistory. In each section there are explanations in English as well as Spanish for each room and there is imaginative use of various presentation techniques ranging from standard displays to impressive diaramas, mannequins, reconstructions of historic settings, TV and video. Apart from... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Museo de la Ciudad was an excellent stop in Quito. The museum is in an old city hospital, and the building itself was a gem not to be missed. The rooms went by century, starting with the earliest native people and extending up to the twentieth century. The exhibits were extremely well done and very interesting. A great way to... More 

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