Casa del Alabado, Quito

4.7
#6 of 75 in Museums in Ecuador
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. Use our Quito route planning site to arrange your visit to Casa del Alabado and other attractions in Quito.
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  • September 29, 2017
    I was quite impressed with this place. beautiful museum, very clean and well laid out, and only cost $4. Also stopped for a quick beer in the courtyard...lovely.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Modern displays capture art that is ancient, modern and timeless. One is forced to acknowledge a sophisticated past. Worth at least an hour.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Good structure, interesting collection but not too big. The audio guide does not work well, and there could be more information.
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  • May 30, 2017
    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
  • February 19, 2017
    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.
  • July 17, 2016
    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!!
  • July 27, 2017
    Beautiful museum, well maintained and with very surprising pieces.
  • April 6, 2017
    Nice little museum with a great collection of artifacts and with useful English audio guides

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