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. Add Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes to your Cuenca travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cuenca vacation builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The archaeological collection in honor of the 15 thousand years of history that have is very interesting, it is well-ordered.
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  • August 6, 2017
    ... is not just what the museum is dedicated to, but also - meant in a positive way - what it feels like while being there. It is hard to find a museum nowadays that has a kind of "retro" feeling. Lot...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Went there with a short schedule and have lamented it - there are so many objects to see and so much to learn: give it 2-3 hours to make justice. And as you finish veer to the right and decent to the ...  more »
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  • October 10, 2016
    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.
  • October 16, 2016
    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!!! :)
  • January 31, 2017
    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.
  • July 20, 2014
    Extrordinary collection of lithic, ceramic and metal artifacts from precolombian cultures. Friendly staff and interesting gift shop. Well worth your time and a very small admission fee.
  • January 30, 2014
    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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