Free Friday – Quito, Ecuador!

By July 7, 2017Free Friday
2017-07-07 - Free Friday - Quito (Blog)

Happy Free Friday! This series features free things for you to visit as you explore the world. We’ve found a nifty little museum in the heart of Ecuador’s capital. Check it out!

 

Museum of Culture

Quito, Ecuador

Also called the “House of Ecuadorian Culture,” this museum was founded in 1944 by Benjamin Carrion. This robust little collection aims to develop national culture, promote equality, and preserve Ecuadorian values. Additionally, the museum offers events like live performances. Within its walls you’ll find exquisite examples of pre-Columbian pottery, Inca gold, and even a well-preserved mummy.

This pre-Columbian pottery comes from Ecuador. You'll see many such artifacts when you visit the Museum of Culture!

This pre-Columbian pottery comes from Ecuador. You’ll see many such artifacts when you visit the Museum of Culture!

 

You may be wondering why a museum in Ecuador would house Inca artifacts. While it’s true that the Incas were headquartered in Peru, if you will, their empire actually did expand into what is now modern day Ecuador and even the borders of southern Colombia.

The dry climate of the Andes Mountains creates a natural mummification process. You can see mummies like this one at the Museum of Culture!

The dry climate of the Andes Mountains creates a natural mummification process. You can see mummies like this one at the Museum of Culture! Photo: By Jason Quinn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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