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Casa del Alabado, Quito

(4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Packed with pre-Columbian artifacts, Casa del Alabado preserves and displays the cultural and artistic heritage of Ecuador's indigenous peoples. Occupying a colonial-era house erected during the 17th century, the museum allows visitors to learn about indigenous beliefs through thematic exhibits, which cover subjects like the afterlife and the role of shamans. Displays contain exquisitely crafted ceramic items, jewelry, carved figurines, ceremonial vessels, masks, musical instruments, and tools. Explanations in both English and Spanish provide insight into the meaning of each item. For a deeper understanding of the museum's highlights, pick up an audio guide at the entrance. To visit Casa del Alabado on your holiday in Quito, and find out what else Quito has to offer, use our Quito travel itinerary planner.
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  • We were unfortunately a bit disappointed by the Museum. There's more than enough artifacts made of stone to look at clay and metal, but simply lack the background information! You can only see by which ethnic group is the subject of, but you can get any information on the Habitat of these cultures. There are a few flat screens, which would probably learn more ready, but a single one worked just 6 screens! The few text on the tablets, which had it were very esoteric touch... Well, it's probably a matter of taste. My conclusion is that you can get for $4 rather an antique indigenous art exhibition of figurines and pots, the information about the culture and history is missing entirely.
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  • Excellent exhibition of pre-Columbian and the play of light and ambience are wonderful to cause admiration in every room where access to know the wonderful pieces.
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  • This is a lovely museum of pre-Columbian artifacts organized by topics located in the old city of Quito We were provided with audio guides in English (as part of our $4 admission) to better understand...  more »
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  • Rarely have I been so captivated by the contents of a museum, by the lighting and creative displays themselves, and indeed, by the building! Much of the art contained herein is practically postmodern in design and conception even while squarely ensconced in prehistoric antiquity--a paradox uniquely captured by the ingenious lighting and displays designed for their our viewing pleasure and understanding. The architect who has masterminded the renovation of this charming colonial home in order to draw the visitors attention to the artifacts on display has created a masterpiece worthy of our careful study and prolonged enjoyment. I shall return many times to the timeless beauty of this home for art, and to take time for musing, dreaming and contemplation. Highly recommended!!
  • It's a nice environment with plenty of authentic pieces along with great information provided by either an audio device give to visitors upon arrival or a guide (depending on the time of day).
  • Pretty building. Great place to visit if you like indigenous art.
  • beautiful museum, nice collection
  • Tremenda colección de arte precolombino exhibido con mucho estilo. La mejor tienda de souvenires