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Museo de la Ciudad, Quito

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Perfectly complementing the city's historical hub, Museo de la Ciudad tells the story of Quito and its traditions, legends, and customs through displays of art, maps, and everyday objects. The museum occupies the city's oldest building, originally the San Juan de Dios Hospital, which dates back to the mid 16th century. Journey through the centuries and find out how the lives of the residents of this important trade point were influenced by the exchange of goods, languages, ideas, and beliefs. Inspect dioramas of a typical kitchen, pharmacy, and local shop. The exhibits cover the period from the indigenous people to the arrival of the Spaniards. Two terraces of the adjoined cafe offer a quiet break with a view of the historical part of the city. By using our Quito vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Museo de la Ciudad and other attractions in Quito.
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  • I think this museum is well done and very interesting. It starts off by describing the environmental aspects of the city, then the ancient civilizations that resided in it, and then goes through it's ...  more »
  • We really enjoyed learning more about Ecuador's indigenous peoples and the history of the country and area. Aside from being informative, the museum was actually aesthetically pleasing, with a beautif...  more »
  • I rode the hop on hop off bus to get here and had difficulty finding the front desk. The visit was well worth the minor hassle. As soon as I approached the front desk, a guide greeted me in a friendly...  more »
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  • Well researched. English-friendly-ish. This is one of the best in Quito.
  • Simply put, I loved this museo. It is as the guidebooks say: "worthwhile". It's a mix of taking-you-back dioramas, cool historical facts, excellent art, and some religious paraphernalia. If you've fallen in love with Quito--as my wife and I have in our 6 months here--this is a place to come to to learn more about this incredible, historic city.
  • Tells the story of Ecuador from before the time of the Incas to the 20th century- very extensive and interesting historical exhibits. They also had a temporary exhibit about women in Ecuador and one with photos of Quito. If you really take-in fully each room you would be there all day there is so much content.
  • Interesting place to learn and know how Quito was since the 10000 BC.
  • Incredible place with beautiful things to see. Absolutely worth a visit

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Where to stay in Quito

Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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