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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  • They make you true believers that this is the true point 00 00 of the equator. Outstanding exhibition of Indigenous populations (including shrunken heads and monuments and exhibits of the tribes. Exce...  more »
  • It is located about 200 metres in front of the monument "Mitad del mundo" and called himself the true latitude zero. Smaller, more rustic, less careful, without trade. Hard to find, because it is poorly signposted. Also offers experiences interests how to put a egg on foot.
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  • This was a great experience and we also had a good guide. They certainly get visitors involved with activities related to being on the equator. I love the stamp for our passport (don't forget to take ...  more »
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  • Cool place with lots of stuff to see and do! Fun way to understand the Coriolis effect. Should google why hurricanes spin counterclockwise in the north hemisphere! The egg is very easy to balance on top of the nail, is not the only place in earth you can do it but certainly is one of the easiest one! Took use couple of minutes to balance it, for not believers you should bring your own eggs
  • Most important thing first: The place IS NOT on the actual equator (which actually can't be exactly fixed as it moves over time - and even according to GPS it is not where they claim it to be, but a bit up north). Furthermore, the experiments are scientifically wrong. While I could accept all this as part of a fun experience, I cannot support a museum that lies to its visitors. Its a shame that they decide to do this (and I would like to hear the owners explanation for this) because other parts of the museum are quite interesting. Why not being honest about this not being the exact equatorial line and the experiments being (faked) examples to illustrate effects. This I could accept.
  • A must visit while in Quito. Explanations about the equator are fascinating
  • 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!
  • It's an amazing place to discover the science of the middle of the world. Very complete and beautiful place.

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