MUSEUM OF THE CITY
Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm).
+593 2 2283 883
García Moreno S1-47 and Rocafuerte, Boulevard 24 de Mayo and García Moreno
Sitio web www.museociudadquito.gob.ec/
Free entry on the last Saturday of each month. Adults: USD 3.00. Students with a card (over 12 years old) USD 2.00. Students of municipal, fiscal and fiscomisional establishments: USD 1.00. Seniors (over 65): USD 1.00. Children (3-11 years): USD 1.00. Tours in other languages: USD 4.00. People with disabilities, Infants (0-3 years), social assistance entities and rehabilitation institutions: Free
The Museo de la Ciudad is your “Quito for Dummies” initiation, an excellent, didactic permanent exhibit on the city and its history.
The Museo de la Ciudad is your “Quito for Dummies” initiation, an excellent, didactic permanent exhibit on the city and its history (with your odd temporary modern art exhibits and a wonderful chapel) housed in what was once Quito’s central hospital: San Juan de Dios. Complete with ghost legends and informative displays, including an eye-catching diorama depicting the Spanish expedition to discover the River Amazon, if there is anything you should not miss from this old-town trail, it’s this visit.
The Museo de la Ciudad (or City Museum) highlights Quito culture like few other museum can. It was inaugurated in 1998 within the facilities of the oldest civil construction within the city, built in 1565 to serve as the San Juan de Dios Hospital.
Apart from its permanent exhibits, Museo de la Ciudad is one of the most dynamic cultural spaces in terms of temporary exhibitions, artistic and academic programming. Its permanent showrooms offer five distinct installations: the Quito Hall with scenes of everyday life in the city; the XVI-century Hall, which recounts the Spanish foundation of the city and the difficult coexistence between two different cultures; the XVII-century Hall, that offer images of a city taken over by the Baroque; the XVIII-century Hall, that showcases important developments in Art and Science within Quito; and finally, the XIXth- century Hall, which shows how French culture introduced itself into society, transforming everyday lifestyles.
The space is complemented by three site museums: the Chapel of Angels, the church and the hospital morgue. Find guided tours in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.