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Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae

Reina Victoria N 26-166 y La Nina, Quito 170522, Ecuador
+593 2-223-0609 ext. 110
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A Living Museum for Living Peoples

Too many historical museums focus on the past in ways that are at best of interest to people... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matt M
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
Cultural exhibits and great gift shop

This is a smaller museum, but I think it's worth a visit to understand some of the art and culture... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Birdspaz
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Squamish, Canada
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Reina Victoria N 26-166 y La Nina, Quito 170522, Ecuador
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+593 2-223-0609 ext. 110
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Too many historical museums focus on the past in ways that are at best of interest to people already, er, interested in the topic at hand. This impressive five-story representation of every major indigenous group in Ecuador takes you on a spiritual/historical journey through the...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This is a smaller museum, but I think it's worth a visit to understand some of the art and culture of Ecuador. It's not far from the entertainment/ tourist district, and you can walk up from Reina Victoria Ave, where lots of the hotels are....More

Thank Birdspaz
Museo M, Public Relations Manager at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Mindalae Museum and its gift shop. We are constantly improving and renovating our exibitions and products and, as you mentioned, we offer dining and catering services.

Reviewed 17 September 2017

What a great little place to spend and hour! A great look at Equador's cultural past with artifacts and displays which intrigues us. A lovely little shop with fair trade items!

Thank Garry B
Museo M, Public Relations Manager at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

We are glad to hear that you had a good time in the Mindalae Museum. It's our pleasure to share Ecuador's history and culture with anyone that is interested.

Reviewed 28 July 2017

I traveled with OAT and we had a private tour of this museum with dinner served afterwards. VERY nice museum, wonderful employees and docents and a really nice handicraft market downstairs.

Thank HeyKell
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Location: It's in the north end of La Mariscal district, a very short walk from the JW Marriott Quito. Lots of restaurants and bars close by as well. Museum: It has several floors and organized by types of folk art and topics: Shamans, Textiles, Musical...More

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Museo M, Public Relations Manager at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you had a good expirience in Mindalae Museum. Our gift shop contains a wide variety of fair trade items made by artisans and small producers of every region in Ecuador. With the purchase of...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I loved the design of the museum building which gives a taste of the experience of the cosmology of the ancient peoples. The very top of the building lets in the sun and there is a space on each level for the sun to find...More

Thank JaneinOakland
Museo M, Public Relations Manager at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you very much for such a great review, we are always happy to receive poeple that want to learn about the rich cultural heritage and facinating knowladge that existed in the pre-columbine Ecuador. With the purchase of our fair trade items, visitors are supporting...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Our group loved the artifacts, and the poor lighting others have addressed is actually good conservation practice for such valuable objects. The lighting is on timers and illuminates when you step into a room, so you can see everything very clearly. Clever setup where you...More

Thank asd0913
Museo M, Public Relations Manager at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you had a good expirience in the Mindalae Museum. With the purchase of our fair trade items, visitors are supporting the Sinchi Sacha foundation in fighting poverty and conserving our cultural heritage.

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We were only able to spend 1 hour of what should be 3-4 hours. Great historical perspective with pottery, artwork, weapons, tools. Name it, they have it along with a great giftstore. Don't miss this.

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Hundreds and hundreds of interesting works of various Ecuadoran culture, but the lighting is so poor, it is difficult to appreciate what you are trying to see. |Also many displays at floor level and high up, which also contributed to my frustration of not being...More

Thank Just-Ask-Me1937
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden treasure. A small but informative museum on indigenous culture and their artistic products and handicrafts of all forms and ages. Many signs in English and French as well as Spanish These are reproductions but you can touch and feel your way...More

Thank Fred B
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