Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, Cuenca

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Take an extensive tour through Ecuador's indigenous history at Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes. The museum displays over 5,000 archaeological artifacts from 20 distinct pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures--some dating back 15,000 years. Bring your visit alive with detailed stories on a guided tour in English; especially informative are the observations into pre-Inca vanity, with a number of combs and obsidian mirrors used as evidence. Look out for the striking designs of the cooking equipment. Take a break to digest everything you've learned with a hot drink out in the tranquil and scenic courtyard. For Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes and beyond, use our Cuenca holiday maker tool to get the most from your Cuenca vacation.
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  • I spent an afternoon seeing the exhibits which is filled with info regarding the history of the peoples in this area of Ecuador. There is also a fun gift shop and a snack bar. It started pouring rain ...  more »
  • If you have time to visit only one attraction in Cuenca, make this be it. A private collection of thousands of pre-Columbian artifacts from 500 BC to 1500 AD. Many items under glass for protection, ju...  more »
  • Most interesting and comfortable to walk through the museum. Nice shop at the end. Easy to walk to several museums in a day  more »
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  • Amazing collection of inca crafts! You can't miss it
  • You might miss this small museum from the street, but it's worth a look. It cost $3 or $4 to go through, and they have an interesting collection of indigenous pottery and tools. There is also a manuscript room on site that would be useful if you are interested in cultural research. The pieces are predominately Ecuadorian, and range in eras from various regions and cultures of the country. They provide a limited, but helpful exhibit guide, available in several languages. Theres a nice gift shop and small cafe on the site as well.
  • What a beautiful place! The only museum I would enjoy visiting again. The owner is a beautiful and charming lady, which adds to the charm of the place. I fell in love with a painting in that museum!!! :)
  • Cool museum that has a wide collection of items representing aboriginal tribes that lived in Ecuador. There's an english guide to follow to learn about this history.
  • Incredible! Most impressive collection of pre-Columbian art imaginable. Over a thousand pieces on display of wide ranging diversity and high quality.

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