Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes
The Museum of Aboriginal Cultures

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes pot display
An Aborígenes pot display

On Calle Larga, down the hill from El Centro, you'll find the Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes.

This museum houses over 5,000 archeological finds, including pottery, bowls, pipes, art, sculpture and other pre-Columbian items.

Did you know that Ecuador is/was home to 19 different aboriginal cultures, including one that came from Polynesia?

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes is in a colonial building with a courtyard, where lunch is served to hungry visitors. The roof protects the courtyard and lets light deep into the various galleries.

Each collection portrays its pieces as functional and part of a task, whether its cooking, storage, or religious practice.

If You're an Art, History or Archaeology Lover...

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes pots
Aborígenes pots on display

You'll love Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes. Travel back in time well over 500 years and learn what some of life was like during Incan and pre-Incan times.

Be sure to check out the gift shop, where you'll find books, crafts, jewelry and replicas of pots for sale.

And then, when you're done, visit the outdoor archaeological park just a few blocks away, and the Museo Pumapungo.


The museum is on Calle Larga 5-24 between Hermano Miguel and Mariano Cueva.

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