The best museums in Ecuador in December 2023

These are the top 100 best museums in Ecuador, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Ecuador? These are the best ones:

  1. Chapel of Man1

    Chapel of Man

    La Capilla del Hombre, located in Quito, Ecuador, is an art museum that was initiated by the renowned Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín. The museum serves as a tribute to humanity, showcasing the artist's deep respect and admiration for the human spirit. Visitors to the museum can expect to see a wide range of artworks that reflect Guayasamín's unique artistic style and his profound understanding of the human condition.
  2. Panama Hat Museum2

    Panama Hat Museum

  3. City Museum3

    City Museum

    The City Museum, also known as Museo de la Ciudad, is situated in the heart of the colonial center of Quito, Ecuador. Specifically, it is located on Garcia Moreno Street, nestled between Morales and Rocafuerte. This location makes it easily accessible for tourists visiting the city.
  4. Museum House of Sucre4

    Museum House of Sucre

    Sucre House, also known as Museo Casa de Sucre, is a museum situated in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. Established in 1977 by the Ministry of Defence, it serves as a tribute to its most notable residents, Marshal Antonio José de Sucre, a Venezuelan independence hero, and his wife, Mariana Carcelén.
  5. Condor Park5

    Condor Park

    A rescue station for birds of prey. You can see the Andean Condor and many more rare birds here in their falconry shows.
  6. Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art6

    Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

    The Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is situated in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. This location is easily accessible and is surrounded by other historical and cultural sites, making it a convenient stop for tourists exploring the city.
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    Guayasamin Museum

    Devoted to the contemporary artist Oswaldo Guayasamín and his work. A great way how to learn something more about the people of Ecuador.
  8. Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum8

    Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum

    The Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum is a significant cultural institution in Quito, Ecuador. It is conveniently located in the historic center of the city, adjacent to the Palacio de Carondelet. This location makes it easily accessible for tourists exploring the city's rich history and culture.
  9. Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno de Cuenca9

    Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno de Cuenca

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    House of Ecuadorian Culture

    The House of Ecuadorian Culture was established with the aim of stimulating, directing, and coordinating the development of an authentic national culture. This mission has guided the institution's activities and programs, making it a significant cultural hub in Ecuador.
  11. Eco Zoológico San Martín11

    Eco Zoológico San Martín

    Baños de Agua Santa
  12. Guayaquil Historical Park12

    Guayaquil Historical Park

    The Guayaquil Historical Park is a recreational space that combines wildlife and cultural exhibits. It showcases various species of flora and fauna native to Guayaquil. Additionally, the park features old houses from the urban area that were carefully disassembled from their original locations and meticulously rebuilt within the park. This unique combination provides visitors with a rich and diverse experience, allowing them to appreciate both the natural and historical aspects of Guayaquil.
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    Quito Zoo

    Guayllabamba is known as an agricultural and tourist center, thanks to its subtropical and dry climate. The presence of several rivers in the area adds to its natural beauty, making it an attractive destination for nature lovers. Tourists can enjoy the lush greenery and the serene environment while exploring the region.
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    Casa Museo de Riobamba

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    amaZOOnico Rescue

  16. Camilo Egas Museum16

    Camilo Egas Museum

    A famous artist of the Indigenist movement, nowadays Egas' works are displayed in this museum. A must for art connoiseurs.
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    Loja Zoo

  18. Guayaquil Municipal Museum18

    Guayaquil Municipal Museum

    The Guayaquil Municipal Museum, located in the urban center of Guayaquil city, is a significant cultural institution in Ecuador. It is dedicated to showcasing archaeological pieces, objects, and historical articles that tell the story of Guayaquil's rich history. The museum's collection provides a unique insight into the city's past, making it a fascinating destination for those interested in learning more about Guayaquil's heritage.
  19. Yaku Water Museum19

    Yaku Water Museum

    An interesting and original museum devoted to water and history of its use in the city. Definitely will get you thinking.
  20. Museo Numismático del Ecuador20

    Museo Numismático del Ecuador

    The Numismatic Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador provides a comprehensive view of the evolution of currency in the country. It traces the journey from the barter systems used by pre-Hispanic aboriginal peoples to the origin and evolution of coins during the colonial period. The museum also covers the republican era and the emergence of the Quito Mint, the issuance of various banknotes, and the consolidation of the Central Bank of Ecuador through its sucre issuances until the country's dollarization.
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    Zoologico la Isla del Tapir

    Estancias Unidas
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    Zoo Bioparque Amaru

  23. Pumapungo Museum23

    Pumapungo Museum

    The Pumapungo Museum, located in Cuenca, Ecuador, is an ethnographic and art museum. Established in 1979, the museum offers a rich insight into the cultural and artistic heritage of Ecuador. Visitors can explore a variety of exhibits that showcase the country's diverse traditions and artistic expressions.
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    Zoológico El Pantanal

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    Jardín Alado

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    Galapaguera Cerro Colorado

    Parroquia Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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    Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo

    The Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo, also known by its acronym MAAC, is a museum situated in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. It is a significant cultural institution that showcases the art and culture of Ecuador, Latin America, and the Pre-Columbian Era.
  28. Museo Municipal de música popular Julio Jaramillo28

    Museo Municipal de música popular Julio Jaramillo

    The Museo Municipal de música popular Julio Jaramillo, located in Guayaquil, was established on March 1, 2008. It is named in honor of Julio Jaramillo, a leading singer of Ecuadorian popular music. The museum is a tribute to his contribution to the music industry and his influence on Ecuadorian culture.
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    Museo Memorial BAE "Abdón Calderón"

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    National Museum of Ecuador

    The National Museum of Ecuador is situated in the city of Quito, housed within the facilities of the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana building. This location makes it easily accessible for tourists and locals alike, offering a convenient opportunity to explore Ecuador's rich cultural heritage.
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    Museo Arqueologico Bahia De Caraquez

    Bahía de Caráquez
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    Nucleo Guayas - Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

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    Paleontological Museum Megaterio

    La Libertad
    The Megaterio Paleontological Museum, located in the province of Santa Elena, is recognized as the first paleontological museum in Ecuador. It offers a modern and relevant museum experience that combines both scientific and educational elements. The museum showcases remains of Late Pleistocene Megafauna, which dates back to between 50,000 and 8,000 years ago. These remains were discovered in the Tanque Loma sector of the La Libertad Canton, which is one of the largest and most significant fossil deposits in South America.
  34. Historical Archive of Guayas34

    Historical Archive of Guayas

  35. Firefighter's Museum35

    Firefighter's Museum

    The Firefighter's Museum in Guayaquil, officially named Museo del Bombero Ecuatoriano "Jefe Félix Luque Plata", is a significant institution that aims to highlight the history and values of the Fire Department. The museum underscores the importance and contribution of the Fire Department to the city, providing visitors with a unique insight into the city's past and the role of its firefighters.
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    Museo de Sitio la Florida

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    Makana's museum house

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    Ecuador Ethnohistoric Museum of Handicrafts

    A relatively new museum that showcases arts and crafts from the ethnic groups that inhabit (or used to) Ecuador.
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    Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador

    Constructed in 1940, the Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador showcases an impressive collection of over 350 original artifacts from various pre-Columbian cultures. These pieces provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who inhabited the current Ecuadorian territory for more than 10,000 years, offering a unique opportunity to understand the country's ancient history.
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    Site Museum Tulipe

    Learn more about the Yumbo civilization, culture and their crafts. An intriguing insight into pre-Columbian history.
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    Temple Museum of the Nation

    Commemorates the place where the final battle for Ecuadorian independence took place. There is a small museum onsite.
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    Charles Darwin Exhibition Hall

    Puerto Ayora
  44. Museo "Casa Carlota Jaramillo"44

    Museo "Casa Carlota Jaramillo"

  45. Museo Arqueológico Weilbauer45

    Museo Arqueológico Weilbauer

    The Weilbauer Archaeological Museum, also known as Museo Weilbauer, is located within the Cultural Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). It operates alongside another notable museum, the Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño Museum. This location makes it a convenient stop for visitors interested in exploring multiple cultural sites within a single complex.
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    Museum of Colonial Art

    An outstanding collection of art which can help you understand the Colonial age and how it happened in Ecuador.
  47. Guayaquil Historical Park47

    Guayaquil Historical Park

  48. Prohibido Centro Cultural48

    Prohibido Centro Cultural

  49. Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño Museum49

    Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño Museum

    The Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño Museum is a unique institution that combines archaeological, ethnographic, and colonial art exhibits. It is situated within the Cultural Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE), sharing the space with the Weilbauer Archaeological Museum. This location makes it an ideal destination for those interested in a comprehensive understanding of Ecuador's rich cultural and historical heritage.
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    Eloy Alfaro Military School Museum

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    Mindalae - Ethnohistoric & Crafts Museum of Ecuador

  52. Museo Templo Del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila52

    Museo Templo Del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila

  53. Museo Nahim Isaías53

    Museo Nahim Isaías

  54. Father Pedro Bedón Museum54

    Father Pedro Bedón Museum

    Named after the painter who used to live and work in this convent. Come see his and other artists' works and learn something about history.
  55. Museo Amantes de Sumpa55

    Museo Amantes de Sumpa

    Santa Elena
    The Museo Los Amantes de Sumpa, located in the Province of Santa Elena, offers a unique glimpse into the region's history and culture. The museum features a clay oven where ancestral cooking classes are held, providing visitors with an opportunity to learn about traditional culinary practices. Additionally, the museum houses a traditional coastal house, complete with typical elements such as a wooden trough and a petate (a type of mat).
  56. Complejo Cultural Fábrica Imbabura56

    Complejo Cultural Fábrica Imbabura

    Andrade Marín
    The Complejo Cultural Fábrica Imbabura, located in Atuntaqui, Ecuador, has a rich history dating back to its establishment as a textile factory on May 6, 1924. This cultural complex now serves as a museum, showcasing its collection of machinery, photographs, and rooms that tell the story of its past. It was once the most important textile development center in northern Ecuador, providing livelihoods for hundreds of families in the Antonio Ante canton.
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    Museo El Fortín

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    Museo Arqueológico Carlos Mercado Casa de la Cultura

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    Museo Antiguo Hospital Militar

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    yMuseo Comunitario de Santay

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    Presley Norton Museum

    The Presley Norton Museum, located in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is an archaeological museum that boasts a collection of over 8,000 archaeological artifacts. These artifacts originate from various indigenous groups of Ecuador, providing a rich insight into the country's historical and cultural heritage.
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    Museo de la Arcilla "María Eugenia Puig Lince"

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    Museo Naval Contemporáneo

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    Awakenings Ayahuasca Retreat

    Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
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    Fundacion Guayasamin

    Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
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    Museo de Ciencias Naturales

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    Riobamba Museum & Cultural Center

  68. Museo de las Conceptas68

    Museo de las Conceptas

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    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Manuel Serrano

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    Sucre House

    Patate Urcu
    Sucre House, also known as Museo Casa de Sucre, is a museum situated in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. It was founded in 1977 by the Ministry of Defence. The museum is a significant landmark in the city, offering a glimpse into the life of its most famous occupants, Marshal Antonio José de Sucre and his wife, Mariana Carcelén.
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    Museo Casaleón

    La Libertad
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    Museo Regional de Arqueologia

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    Museo del Pueblo Kichwa Otavalo

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    Museo Histórico Casa de los Tratados

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    Museo Mineralógico Mr. Turner

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    Amazon Museum

    The missionaries that ventured to the Amazon collected many indigenous artefacts there. Nowadays, these are on display in this museum.
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    Museo Miniatura de Guayaquil

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    Centro de Convenciones Metropolitano de Quito

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    Gustavo Orcés V. Natural History Museum

    The Gustavo Orcés V. Natural History Museum, also known as MHNGO, is the national natural history museum of Ecuador. It is situated in the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The museum is a part of the Biological Sciences Institute of the National Polytechnic School. It was established by the Polytechnic Council's resolution on July 1, 2005.
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    Museo Iglesia Catedral Primada de Quito

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    Music Museum

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    Museo Aeronáutico y del Espacio

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    Casa Museo la Condamine

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    Casa Museo de la Cultura Lojana

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    Museum of Aboriginal Cultures

    The Museum of Aboriginal Cultures is situated in the beautiful city of Cuenca, Ecuador. This location is easily accessible for tourists and offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of the region.
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    Museo de las Culturas

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    Museo Indio Guaranga

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    Museo De La Energía

    Nueva Loja
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    Central Bank Museum - Ibarra

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    Museo Echeandia Soloma

    Manuel de Echeandia
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    Centro Cultural El Cuartel

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    Museo de Arte Religiosa

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    Museo Archivo de Arquitectura del Ecuador

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    Museo Interactivo de Ciencias

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    Museo San Francisco de Quito

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    Museum Of Maria Augusta Urrutia

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    Museo Miguel de Santiago Convento de San Agustín

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    Museo Kamak Maki Zoológico

    Comunidad Kachiwuañuska
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    Museo de las Madres Conceptas de Loja

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    Museo Centro Cultural Manta


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