advertisement

Opened in 2010 amidst a second wave of Old Town renovation, this excellent museum is dedicated exclusively to Ecuadorian pre-Columbian art. The collection was made with consideration for the cognitive aspects of Andean people and their beliefs in the world around them. Pieces by anonymous artists from Valdivia, Chorrera, Tolita, Jama-Coaque, and other Ecuadorian cultures explore myths and traditions through mostly clay and stone sculptures that date as far back as 4500 B.C. The building's striking restoration preserved the historic courtyards and some walls, while adding modern elements like a vertical garden and polished concrete floors. You won't spend more than 1 hr. or 2 here, though you can linger at the patio café and small on-site gift shop.