MARIA AUGUSTA URRUTIA MUSEUM HOUSE
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 09:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
+593 2 258 0103 / 258 4174
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García Moreno 760 between Sucre and Bolívar
adults USD 2.00 / children USD 0.50, students and senior citizens USD 1.00
This beautiful mansion was donated to the Fundación Mariana de Jesús by its owner, Doña María Augusta Urrutia after her death in 1987. It stands as one of the most important antique receptacles of early XXth century fare in Quito.
María Augusta Urrutia Barba, a Quito-born socialite and philanthropist (1901-1987) received the residence in 1921 as a wedding gift (it was officially named after her once its restoration process had been completed in 1996). It is a cultural center that reveals the luxury and aesthetic principles of early twentieth-century Quito, revealing the interior decoration and household appliances of the times. The visitor can admire luxurious French porcelain tableware, bathrooms with English décor and amenities, machines that highlight the height of the industrial revolution such as crank washers, refrigerators, toasters and coffee grinders. The house conserves an important collection of the work of the great early-XXth-century Ecuadorian artist, Víctor Mideros.
Guided tours around the nineteenth century house with its three patios offer a wonderful peek at the high society world of Quito, with its European furniture, sewing rooms, drawing rooms and salons, as well as the spiritual and artistic life of Doña Urrutia herself.