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Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Quito - Museum Quito - Ecuador

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, which opened the end of 2010, is one of the city's newest spaces for modern art exhibits. Located in the sprawling, former military hospital, the multitudes of rooms only hint of what this space will become in the future. Now, the lower rooms host three temporary exhibits per month, of contemporary creations by national and international artists. The Center will be the new home for Ecuador's annual national salon, Mariano Aguilera. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo is perched atop San Juan Hill, giving fantastic views of Antisana, Sincholagua and the other volcanoes to the East of Quito.


former Hospital Militar, Montevideo and Luis Dávila, Barrio San Juan

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

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Getting There

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo is two blocks north of the Basílica; walk along Calle Venezuela two blocks, to where the street widens out into a plaza. To your left, one block up Calle Luis Dávila, you will see the Center on the brow of a hill. Take the Trole to La Alameda stop or the Matrobus to the Consejo Provincial stop, and walk from there. Or take a taxi.

Travel Tips:

The Center has a small café, and there are several small restaurants in the neighborhood. Several evenings per month, the Center hosts free exhibit openings; if coming for one of these events, take a taxi after dark. (The neighborhood is relatively safe during the day.)

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Tuesday-Sunday 5:30 p.m.

Days Closed:Monday

Travel Skills: None

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Art connoisseurs can visit a number of galleries in the Centro Histórico: colonial and religious at the San Francisco and other convent-museums, and at the Museo de Arte Colonial (Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Calle Cuenca and Mejía) for colonial and religious art. For modern art, go to Museo Camilo Egas and the Museo de Acuarela. The Casa de la Cultura art museums are about one mile to the north.

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-398-8800, ext 1001

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Museo Franciscano, Museo Numismático del Banco Central, Museo Camilo Egas, Museo Casa Manuela Sáenz, Casa Del Alabado, Museo Casa de Sucre, Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño, Museo De Acuarela y Dibujo Muñoz Mariño, Museo de la Ciudad and Iglesia y Museo de Santo Domingo.

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