ALBERTO MENA CAAMAÑO MUSEUM
Tuesday to Saturday 09h00 to 17h30 / Sunday 10h00 to 16h00
+593 2 258-4363
García Moreno 887 and Espejo
adults USD 1.50 / students with a USD 0.75 card, children aged 5 to 11 years, seniors and people with disabilities USD 0.50
The well-known “wax museum” has an important historical collection that includes a permanent exhibition “From Quito to Ecuador”, which includes the most important events that led to the creation of the Republic in 1830.
Inaugurated in 1959 thanks to an important donation from Quito philanthropist Alberto Mena Caamaño to his city. The building occupies old Jesuit chambers that became the Royal Headquarters of the Audiencia of Quito. The original collection includes colonial painting and sculpture, mainly of the Quito Art School that have been donated to other institutions.
The permanent exhibit, “From Quito to Ecuador” consists of six period settings with special lighting and sound effects and 19 life-size wax figures that tell the story of Quito’s independence, and a most riveting scene of the massacre against independence leaders of the 1809 revolution, which is perhaps the most arresting of all. An additional service is the sense-perceptive room for blind visitors. The museum is part of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano, a very dynamic cultural space within the city.