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Explore streets of history and heritage filled Quito

By Carlton Leisure - 01/09/2015


Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site ways back in 1978. Its stunning location amidst Andean peaks, heritage buildings, newly developed apartment’s buildings, busy thoroughfares and ongoing business and commercial activities hints towards its fine blend of tradition and modernity. The city sitting atop the ashes of Inca empires has several things to see, do and explore that inspires travellers to book flights to Quito. Here we acquaint you with museums that give a glimpse of Quito’s historic past.

Museo del Banco Central

One of the most renowned museums in Quito, Museo del Banco Central is well known for its pre-Columbian, Colonial and gold works of art. The museum lovers who have visited this place never stop raving about its whistle bottles shaped like animals, elaborate gold headdresses and recreation along the life near the Amazon. You should devote at least your half day time to explore this museum, given its large collections. To explore this place one should hire a guide. Multilingual guides are available for a small fee.

Casa de la Cultura

Casa de la Cultura is fine place to place to see local art. The place also keep hosting regular cinema and dance performances. There is also a well equipped auditorium here where one can see local and international artists performing. The entry fee depends upon the performances and shows you wish to see.

Museo de la Ciudad

Situated on Garcia Moreno Street in Old Town, the museum is spread on two floors surrounding two courtyards. The museum is fine place to see countries social history. Here you can find re-enacted scenes from daily life of Ecuador's citizens through the several time periods. Here you can see exhibits on a common home of 16th-century home and a battle against the Spanish.

Centro de Arte Contemporaneo

Nestled in an old refurbished building on Montevideo y Luis Avila streets in Old town, The Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC) has a large set up where several exhibitions, concerts and performance can go on simultaneously. In short, it is major cultural hub of the country. From the building on can have commanding view of the city and surrounding valleys.

Casa del Alabado

The museum which is supported by individual and nonprofit cultural organisations is a fine place to sample Precolombian Art. Situated in downtown Quito the museum aims at preservation of Precolombian Art. Nested in a Spanish house built in 1671, the museum is popular among locals and foreigners alike.

Museo Guayasamin

During their visit to museum one would be able to sample artworks of noted Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. The museum should be visited for its collection of pre-Colombian, colonial and independence art. During your visit to the museum also go to visit Capilla del Hombre some of the works of Guayasamin are on display.