Casa del Alabado, Quito

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#6 of 73 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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  • In the old town of Quito, must-destination, especially if the churches do not grab. There are a lot of pre-kolombiaanisen time kurttuurienn artefacts from different periods. I discovered how little I elueen hirtoriasta did not know. Stunning objects from fine esillepantuna!
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  • Plenty of well preserved history on show here and perhaps it was a big oversight on our part to not take an audio guide as it is needed due to the limited information available. Nevertheless an intere...  more »
  • A really wonderful experience to see the beautifully restored villa and a well curated collection of pre-Colombian art. Seeing the museum with the guide enriched the visit.  more »
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  • Wonderful artifacts, well presented. Very poor on labeling, explanations and context.
  • Amazing artefacts, tastefully presented.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.

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