Intinan Museum, San Antonio de Pichincha

4.5
#2 of 113 in Museums in Ecuador
Specialty Museum · Museum
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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  • We loved this experience. Fun to stand on the Equator Line. We balanced the egg, walked the line, and visited all the exhibits. We loved learning about the early life in Ecuador.  more »
  • This is not your usual museum which could be boring at times. They are experimental activities here for visitors to participate, such as trying to walk with eyes closed, balancing an egg, etc. Had a.....  more »
  • This museum is beautiful and very cheap. You have to be very careful when you search for "La Mitad del Mundo" you will get the very touristic place with the big monument but this museum has a Mitad....  more »
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  • This place was amazing. The guides were extremely informative and it blew me away to see the difference in physics five feet can make when on the true equator and just off it. The museum did an amazing job at not only explaining the importance of the true equator line but also the history of the indigenous people of the region
  • It's a little hard to find but it's the real Equator. Just down the road from the large tourist equator, you will find this. It is set like an old village, with a guide I highly recommend using their tour included in your entrance fee. They show and explain the shrunken heads. Show you scientific proof about the equator including the Coriolis effect and balancing on the equator line. It's great fun. It's only $5. There is a little gift shop where the lady sells you beautiful hand crafts while the gent makes items in front of you. Great place to spend an hour.
  • I recommend this museum for people who have a bit more time on their hand and want to have a bit more background on tribes living in Ecuador. The guided tour is relatively good and has a Spanish and an English version. Some parts of the museum are a bit kitschy though.
  • Whilst probably fun for kids, which is why I don't give it one star, this is more of a tourist trap than a museum. I heard some incorrect information on indigenous peoples from the tour guide (relating to shrunken heads being for 'wisdom' and not the avenging soul), they have an indigenous person there more to take photos of than actually to tell about their culture or home, and there was multiple spots that hold mis-information to the sciences relating to balancing on the equator line. I want to emphasize that this is a fun type of thing, but not an extensively informative one, so its still great for kids I think
  • I would definitely recommend this place. This place is better then the monument... there is a lot of history and more of a 1 on 1 interaction with the guide. This tour is not one of the biggest but it is definitely one of the more interesting and informative ones.

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