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Casa del Alabado, Quito

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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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TripAdvisor
  • A lovely museum in an old villa with a good collection of artifacts dating back to 2000 - 3000BCE. Be sure to opt for the audio tour as there is little printed description of items.  more »
  • Lovely new collection of pre columbian pieces. The building alone is worth it, and they have done a great job with the display. A bit light on the interpretation, but includes an audio guide in Englis...  more »
  • Well designed museum that centers on the pre-Columbian artifacts. The museum building was renovated and is beautiful and well laid out. The pieces are well edited, presented simply and there is a lot ...  more »
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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!!
  • Nice little museum with a great collection of artifacts and with useful English audio guides
  • Beautiful pieces from ancient native cultures of Ecuador. Great for designers ... great for those who appreciate antique native ceramics