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Casa del Alabado, Quito

4.7
#6 of 77 in Museums in Ecuador
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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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  • I visited this museum for about little less than an hour on Tuesday morning. The venue was very spacious and was very comfortable to walk around, seeing mysterious and sometimes comical pre-columbian ...  more »
  • It is a great Museum to appreciate the art of pre-Columbian cultures and learn about their understanding of the functioning of the world and its social organization. Vale completely worthwhile spend a morning watching the different sections full of sculptures and other artifacts.
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  • This very interesting Museum is housed in a beautiful property near by Plaza San Francisco. It houses a wonderful collection of pre-Columbian art. A nice café in the courtyard (with orchids on the tables) completes the visit
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  • Casa Alabado has the finest quality collection of pre-colombian art and artifacts that I have ever seen, and surpass the collections at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C
  • Very nice collection of statuettes, vessels and other ancient things. The building and interior is in very good conditions, it's bright and spaciously inside. The only trouble is that not every exhibit has an audio info in English.
  • 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!!
  • Beautiful museum, well maintained and with very surprising pieces.
  • Nice little museum with a great collection of artifacts and with useful English audio guides

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