+593 2 2230609 / 593 2 2520824
Reina Victoria N26 – 166 and La Niña
Sitio web http://www.mindalae.com.ec/
Adults USD 3.00, children, senior citizens and students with a USD 1.50 card
This museum of craft heritage is dedicated to Andean worldview, shamanism, ceramics and crafts, as well as a section dedicated to forests and its ecosystems.
Travellers to Quito and Ecuador are often bowled over by the huge array of handicrafted items on sale. Everywhere you look, it seems, there are weavings, textiles, ceramics, silver, gold, vegetable ivory and wood fashioned into the most appealing crafts and souvenirs. The Mindalae Museum in Quito allows visitors to get a feel for this impressive output all under one roof. The museum aims to educate visitors on the historic, cultural and artistic background of Ecuador’s amazing crafts production, as well as encouraging the revaluation of these popular creative expressions. Set over five floors and housed in a specially-built structure, striking for its bold lines and contemporary feel, the Mindalae takes visitors on a cultural journey through the indigenous highland, Amazonian, Afro-Ecuadorian and ‘montubian’ coastal worlds, with an excellent fair-trade shop to fit.