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MUSEUMS OF ECUADOR
Most of the museums are located in the historical district, otherwise known as old town or La Marín. The town museum, or "Museo de la Ciudad" opened in August 1998 and is the most modern and the most spectacular among Quito's museums.  It is a massive place and has many different exhibitions dating from early pre-colombian cultures to recent development. The museum also maintains a multimedia section. The museum is situated close to Plaza 24 de Mayo. Some other museums are...

In Quito

Colonial Art Museum (Museo Arte Colonial)
You will find this museum in central Quito,  in a colinial house which was built in the 16th century. The museum has been up and running since 1938 and holds a private collection and is collecting more and more all the time.
On the corner of Cuenca 415 and Mejía
Ph: 282-297
Tues–Fri 10h00 to 18h00; Sat 10h00 to 14h00

Museum and Library Aurelio Espinoza Pólit
The establishment was founded in 1929 by the Ecuadorian humanitarian Aurelio Espinosa Pólit S.J. This place is one of the most complete investigation centers in Ecuador. The museum includes a library with archives regarding Ecuadorian authors, issues and publications, a museum of art with nation historical items and relics, and an herbal greehouse.
José Nogales 220 and Francisco Arcos
Ph: 492-190, 491-157, 492-190
Tues–Fri 09h00 to 18h00 

Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Science (Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales)
This museum presents paleontological exibitions collected during expeditions in Ecuador. In particular the skeleton of a megaterid found in San José (Manabí Province), mastodon and rodents. Also mollusks, otoliths and foraminifers collected in the pliocene marine sections of Manabí Province are exibited.
Rumipamba 341 and Av. de Los Shyris (Parque La Carolina)
Ph:449-824
Mon–Fri 08h30 to 13h00, 13h45 to 16h30; Sat 09h00 to 13h00;
Sun 10h00 to 14h00

Military Museum "House of Treaties"
Upon entering, you’ll find a fine 1929 monument of the Great Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre to comemmorate the centenial of his victory at the fort of Tarqui. This museum's main purpose is to honor the extraordinary military events, upon defending Ecuadorian territory over the decades.

Military Museum "General Eloy Alfaro"
"They may asassinate me, but my blood will drown my assassins and enforce my ideas of liberty."
–Eloy Alfaro
This museum acts as a shrine to General Eloy Alfaro, who was a man who fought for his ideas of liberty and progress of the Republic of Ecuador. Exhibits include personal items and other important memorabilia.

Military Museum "House of Sucre"
In this museum you will find colonial artifacts and other things of interest which date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Corner of Venezuela 573 and Sucre
Ph:952-860
Tues-Sat 09h00 to 16h00

Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutia
García Moreno 760 between Sucre and Bolívar;
Ph: 580107, 580103, 584173
Tues-Sun 09h00 to 17h00

Centro Cultural del Instituto Geográfico Militar
Sernierger (El Dorado);
Ph : 502091
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 16h00

Planetarium
Mon-Fri 09h00 to 15h00; Sat and Holis 08h00 to 12h00

Museo Antropológico Shuar
Av. 12 de Octubre 1430 and Wilson;
Ph: 506247, 562633
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 12h30, 14h00 to 18h00

Museo Etnográfico y de Ciencias Naturales Colegio Nacional Mejía
Corner of Venezuela;
Ph: 583412, 565718 Ext. 24
Mon–Fri 08h00 to 12h00, 14h00 to 18h00;
Sat 08h00 to 12h00

Museo Etnográfico
Mitad del Mundo, Monumento Ciudad Mitad del Mundo;
Ph: 394806, 394805, 394803
Mon–Thur 09h00 to 18h00; Fri– Sun 09h00 to 19h00

Museo Fundación Guayasamín
José Bosmediano 543 and José Carbo;
Ph: 446455, 452938, 465265
Mon–Frid 09h30 to 13h00, 15h00 to 18h30

Museo de La Ciudad
García Moreno 572 and Rocafuerte;
Ph: 283882, 282883, 953643
Tues–Sun 09h30 to 17h30

Casa Museo Manuela Saenz
Junín 709 and Montufar (San Marcos);
Ph: 283908, 518321
Mon–Fri 08h00 to 13h00, 14h00 to 17h30

Museo del Observatorio Astronómico de La Alameda
Parque de La Alameda;
Ph: 570765
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 12h00, 15h00 to 17h00; Sats 09h00 to 13h00 

Museo Weilbauer Porras
Av. 12 de Octubre and Ladrón de Guevara (PUCE);
Ph: 230577
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 13h00, 14h00 to 16h00

Museo Nacional de Historia de La Medicína
García Moreno 524 and Av. 24 de Mayo;
Ph: 573792, 581768
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 15h00 w/ appointment

Fundacion Mariana de Jesús
Av. Mariana de Jesús 2307 and Martín de Utreras;
Ph: 433573, 441724, 433784
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 18h00; Sat 09h00 to 13h00  

Vivarium
Reina Victoria 1576 and Santa María;
Ph: 230988
Tues–Sat 09h00 to 13h00, 14h30 to 18h30; Sun 11h00 to 18h00 

Museo de Artesanias Cefa
Av.12 de Octubre 1738 and Lizardo García;
Ph: 503873
Tues–Fri 10h00 to 19h30

Museo del Convento de San Agustín
Chile 924;
Ph: 951001, 955525
Mon–Fri 09h30 to 12h00, 15h00 to 18h00; Sat 09h00 to 12h00   

Museo Fray Pedro Bedón
Flores 150 and Bolívar in La Plaza de Santo Domingo;
Ph: 280518, 282695
Mon–Fri 09h00 to 12h00, 14h00 to 16h30; Sat and Sun 09h00 to 16h00 w/ appointment 

Museo del Convento de San Francisco
Cuenca 477 and Sucre in La Plaza de San Francisco;
Ph: 281124, 282545
Mon–Sat  09h00 to 18h00; Sun 09h00 to 13h00

Museo Convento de San Diego
Has a colonial art exhibition.
Calicuchima 117 y Farfá
n.

Museo de sitio del Rumicucho
Has an archeological exhibition.
San Antonio de Pichincha.

Museo Templo de la Patria
Is situated on the way to the Mountain Pichincha and has exhibitions about the army and  history of Ecuador.

Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo
Is situated on the Equator center and has an ethnological exhibition.

Museo Guillermo Péres Chiriboga del Banco Central
Is situated in the Casa de la Cultura and has exhibitions of modern art, colonial art and archeology.
Patria y 6 de Diciembre.

Museo Camilo Egas del Banco Central
Has an impressive collection of Camilo Egas's  work .
Venezuela 1312 y Esmeraldas

Museo Jacinto Jijón
An exhibition of colonial art and Ecuadorian art. 
12 de Octubre y Colón.

Museo Templete de los Heroes Nacionales
Is a military museum.
Orellana y Amazonas.

Museo Antropológico Shuar
Contains the history of the Shuar indians.
12 de Octubre y Wilson.

Museo Weilbauer
Is a archeological museum.
12 de Octubre y Ladrón de Guevara.

Museo Aeronáutico y del Espacio
Is an aeronatic museum situated in a military camp close to the airport.
La Prensa 3570 y Base Aerea Sucre.

Museo National de Historia de la Medicina
Is situated in the old town and has an exhibition of the history of the medicine in Ecuador.
Moreno y Av. 24 de Mayo

Museo Casa de Benalcazar
Has an exhibition with colonial art.
Olmedo y Benalcazar.

Museo de Artesanias CEFA
Shows popular art, ceramics, wood carvings.
12 de Octubre y García.


In Guayaquil


Museo Nahim Isaias B.
Clemente Ballén and Pichincha 2nd Piso;
Ph: 329099, 510818
Mon-Sat 10h00 to 17h00

Museo Coronel Felix Luque Plata
Plaza Colón S/N;
Ph: 303572
Tues-Sat 10h00 to 14h00

Museo del Municipal de Guayaquil
Sucre between Chile and Pedro Carbo;
Ph: 516391
Tues-Sat
Winter: 09h00 to 16h00
Summer: 09h00 to 12h00, 15h00 to 18h00

Museo Atropológico del Banco Central
Corner of José de Antepara and  9 de Octubre;
Ph: 325249
Mon-Fri 08h30 to 18h00; Sat and  Sun 11h00 to 13h00

Museo de Sitio Arqueológico El Mongote Real Alto
Carretera to Salinas Chanduy, (Comuna Pechiche);
Ph: 306683
Mon-Sun 09h00 to 17h00; Sat 14h00

Museo Histórico Bae Calderón
Cañar and 5 De Junio;
Ph: 345317
Tues-Fri 09h00 to 16h00; Sat and Sun 10h00 to 14h00
 
Museo Banco del Pacífico
P. Icaza 133 and Av. Pichincha;
Ph: 560010, 563744
Tues-Sat 09h00 to 18h00

Museo Francisco
Campos Lizardo García 225 and Vélez;
Ph: 360790
Mon-Fri 08h00 to 12h00, 14h30 to 18h30

Museo Casa de La Cultura
Carlos Cevallos Menéndez de Octubre 1200 and P. Moncayo;
Ph: 300500
Tues-Fri 10h00 A 18h00; Sat 09h00 to 15h00

Museo Amantes De Sumpa
Vía La Libertad Salinas;
Ph: 786149, 785216
Daily except Wedness 09h00 to 12h30, 15h00 to 17h30

Museo Farallón Dillon
Ballenita;
Ph: 786643, 785611
Daily 08h00 to 13h00

Museo De Valdívia
Comuna Valdívia
Daily 09h00 to 17h00

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