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Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia)

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Address: Calle Garcia Moreno 760, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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+593 2-258-0103
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This impressive museum houses paintings by Victor Mideros and fine displays...

This impressive museum houses paintings by Victor Mideros and fine displays of French porcelain, silver dinnerware and colonial art.

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A charming old house of remarkable lady

Really very fine museum containing a philanthropist lady's belongings and telling a story of life here in the span of the years 1901 through 1987. Very intriguing particularly her... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Really very fine museum containing a philanthropist lady's belongings and telling a story of life here in the span of the years 1901 through 1987. Very intriguing particularly her care for orphan children and her concern for the arts. The guide spoke reasonably good English and was very informative and sweet. Cost very reasonable. Good value.

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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This museum gives you a great idea of how wealthy people lived in the old part of Quito about 100 years ago. Found it quite interesting.

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Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

At the time of our visit there was no one offering guided tours. While the upstairs rooms illustrating the owners private quarters are very interesting, there is very little information on her life and work. The curators have also filled some of the empty rooms with a curious mix of modern art. The visit was ok but overall did not... More 

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Really lovely place, beautiful furnishings and interesting to see how they lived. A sweet young guide, very keen, gave a good tour. Would recommend.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

The young man who was our guide had just enough English to make this a fun tour - I think he learnt some new English words and we learnt a few Spanish ones. He took us tound the house and told us all about Maria. We spent over an hour in the house with him and enjoyed the step back... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

A great place to see if you're about people and how they lived...not just 'things' but how these artifacts showed up in daily life. Yes, about a very wealthy woman (who also used wealth to care for children on one floor and entertain Presidents on another). But getting a sense of how it was adds an amazing dimension. Personally assigned... More 

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akron oh
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

I felt it was by far the most interesting experience in old town. Really interesting house and the guides did a great job explaining the history of Maria and the house.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

House owned by one of Quito's most famous patrons. Took care of the city's kids. Many of her furnishings here, though they're from 20th century. The house itself is old and of old spanish colonial architecture. We enjoyed the visit, but preferred Mariscal Sucre home.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2016

This house was from the "crazy twenties". Inside, things are wonderfully preserved. There are quite a few paintings, as well as some exhibits that were donated by others that were not actually there, but were from the same time period. This house gives wonderful perspective on house in from the twenties. The guides for the tours are very informative.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

The riches in this marvellous house are beyond anything I've seen. Beautiful tiling, handpainted murals, gold and silver everywhere, amazing wooden floors and the most decadent bathroom I have ever seen. Go and see it now (and take the not very original story of Marias life for granted).

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