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Central Bank Museum - Museum Cuenca - Ecuador

The Central Bank Museum is actually a complex of several smaller exhibits, each dedicated to a different aspect of Cuenca life or history. The museum is next to the Pumapungo archaeological site, an ancient Inca city. The ethnographic exhibit (on the 2nd floor) is based on the theory that a great deal can be learned about a culture through their everyday objects. There are informational displays about Ecuador's various cultures, including a series of shrunken heads from the Amazon.

The archaeological museum contains many pieces and relics unearthed nearby, mostly from the Inca and Ca├▒ari cultures, including an exhibit about the neighboring Pumapungo site, which you can visit. Also on the premises is an exhibit of religious art and a numismatic exhibit, which has extensive displays of coins and currency. The museum also has rotating displays, such as a series of photographs of famous locations in Ecuador. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays.


Ca. Larga and Av. Huayna Capac

Cuenca, Ecuador


Travel Tips:

Price Description: ADMISSION: free

Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: 07-283-1255

Here are other activities in and around Cuenca that may be of interest: Museum of CIDAP (Inter-American Center of Popular Arts), Museum of Aboriginal Cultures, Museum of Modern Art and Barranco's Panama Hat Factory/Museum.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
15 Oct 2012

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