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Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño - Museum Quito - Ecuador

Hidden up some stairs at the back of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano with no signs in sight, this museum can be tricky to find. Formerly known as the Antiguo Cuartel de la Real Audencia, thanks to its former function as a cuartel (army barracks), the museum underwent a large-scale expansion and refurbishment in 2002 and was subsequently renamed after its biggest donor, Alberto Mena Caamaño. He bequeathed his impressive collection of painting and sculptures to the museum in the 1950s, most of which is colonial art from the 16th and 17th centuries, attributed to well-known artists from the Quito School, including Miguel de Santiago and Joaquín Pinto. However, there are several more modern works as well.


Espejo Oe5-43 and García Moreno

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Art museum, Colonial religious art, mayan artifacts, modern glass sculptures, contemporary international/local art, handicraft traditions, pharmaceutical collection, Art

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Price Description: ADMISSION: $1.50 adults, $0.75 high school and college students, $0.50 seniors and primary school students

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.

Open Hours to:Tuesday-Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.

Days Closed:Mondays

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-395-2300 ext 15535

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Museo Casa de Sucre, Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia, Museo Numismático del Banco Central, Museo Del Padre Almeida, Museo Camilo Egas, Museo Franciscano, Museo Casa Manuela Sáenz and Iglesia y Museo de Santo Domingo.

22 Jan 2013

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