Intinan Museum, San Antonio de Pichincha

4.5
#2 of 73 in Museums in Ecuador
Discover the true center of the Earth at Intinan Museum, providing fascinating insight into how Ecuador's indigenous peoples lived and worshipped the sun, as well as explaining some of the scientific quirks of the Equator. During the guided tour, you'll learn why water rotates in opposite directions on opposite sides of the Equator and why it's difficult to walk in a straight line along this imaginary line. A visit to Intinan Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Quito road trip planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • The museum has hands on teaching stations throughout that teach about gravity at the equator and on either side. Great when traveling with students or families with kids. Llamas to pet, shrunken heads...  more »
  • Fantastic experience and well worth a visit. Interesting scientific information and the member staff was very lnformative  more »
  • In the Museum you can learn more about Ecuador's provinces. When you visit one gets a guide on the side, which explains everything one. Here is also the geographically exact Equator. On the basis of different games, the differences on the two hemispheres are one (how turns the water) and explained directly on the equator. Overall quite nice and a bit better than the Mintad del Mundo.
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  • Definitely worth the visit! Between learning about the lives of indigenous peoples, seeing an authentic shrunken head, participating in equator experiments, and balancing a egg on a nail, this place is a great deal at only $4 a person! Your ticket even gets you a 10% discount at the subway across the street, which adds to the value if you're in the mood for a sandwich. You are provided with a guide who walks you through the outdoor museum, providing lots of fascinating info. The experiments are a lot of fun as well. If you can balance the egg, you'll be given a stamped and signed certificate to mark the achievement! (And a free cookie at the subway I was talking about) While I still think it's worth the trip to Mitad Del Mundo down the street, I would advise against passing this museum up. You can do both in a just a few hours and take the bus back to Quito for a very cheap half day trip!
  • One of the most amazing places I've ever been. Staff it's very nice and helpful. It's totally worth it to visit this place
  • Great interactive exhibits for kids and adults.. We learned a lot while on the equator. Definitely worth a trip from Quito and a couple of hours.
  • Fun, entertaining, educational a bit amusement park style which can be a bit cheesy. Overall best equator theme park.
  • This is where you can see the actual equator line and not the fake one that's all built up and full of shops selling all the same things. The "science" is questionable but the tour as a whole is entertaining and enjoyable and we personally much prefered it to big fake center down the road.

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