METROPOLITAN CULTURAL CENTER
From Tuesday to Sunday, 09:30 to 17:30
+593 2 2 395-2300
Gabriel García Moreno, Sebastián de Benalcázar
This cultural center, located just across from Plaza Grande, is one of Quito’s most important historic buildings and houses important national and international temporary exhibits.
Centro Cultural Metropolitano is located in what were historically Jesuit headquarters. The Jesuits were expelled from Spanish American territory in 1767 due to their overwhelming influence in the region and their departure turned the history of this building into a saga of dramatic proportions. A once religious enclave and operations center for Quito’s most productive haciendas turned into everything from a prison, a tobacco factory and a mint to a short-lived bar. Quito’s first pharmacy, library (at one time South America’s largest), and newspaper were inaugurated here. Visit the Mena Caamaño Wax Museum for some historical insight and don’t miss out on the temporary exhibits… some of Ecuador’s most important artists have exhibited here, and many international art shows, as well as large installation pieces sometimes don the main courtyard.