Guayasamin Museum, Quito

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Dedicated to the art of Oswaldo Guayasamin, Guayasamin Museum displays powerful, politically charged works. The paintings take you through the struggles of Ecuador and its peoples in recent history. Take a tour of the museum to get extra details about the many pieces by the artist. Consider combining this with a visit to the artist's expansive house next door, where you can see Guayasamin's personal art collection. Work out when and for how long to visit Guayasamin Museum and other Quito attractions using our handy Quito online day trip planner .
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  • "The Chapel of Man" (La Capilla del Hombre) and Guayasamin Museum(the artist Oswaldo Guayasamin's residence) are in the same area up the hill. Taking a taxi is essential under any weather condition as...  more »
  • I like to visit this museum as a supplement of the La Capilla del Hombre. It was more a way to meet this extraordinary Guatemalan artist. Of your work, of your collection and your life. Not to be missed.
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  • I visited this museum as part of a tour of Quito. I had never heard of Guayasamin or seen his work before this. I was blown away! The art was fantastic and his home/studio is also located on the site,...  more »
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  • Interesting tour about Oswaldo Guayasamin and him work. Good selection of historical art he collected as well as some of his own. His studio was neat to see with his tools and portraits he painted.
  • Simply put: One of my favorite places in Quito. Much more than an art museum--on some level a true "temple of man" with all the requisite religious overtones and meditations on suffering. It took me a while, during my 6 mo stay in Ecuador, to come to appreciate Guayasamín's work, but now I really, truly due. His capturing of the suffering of the people of Latin America is unmatched and some of his works seem seared on my soul. Truly, deeply incredible.
  • While neither my wife nor I am particular fans of much of Guayasamin's art, a visit to his house was well worth the time. The house and setting itself is fascinating architecturally and it is exquisitely furnished. In addition, Guayasamin collected art from many of his contemporaries so the experience is very rewarding. From downtown Quito you will be quoted several rates by the taxis. On the meter, our fare was about $4.50. We were offered fares as high as $8.00 and settled on $5.00. Returning we grabbed a cab in front of the residence and paid the standard meter price.
  • Depressing and powerful art displayed in a great setting The foundation is split into two halves, which one entrance fee covers ($8 foreigners). The main attraction is the work of Oswaldo Guayasamín, which shows the pain that many people have endured. His house is also in the property and displays his extensive life long collection of pre colonial and colonial art. The staff is fairly friendly. It's worth a visit if in Quito, especially if you're interested in the arts.
  • Pleasant cultural experience. Well manicured grounds and interesting architecture. Lots of contemporary art. Close to Parque Municipalidad West entrance which is relatively unknown.

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