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
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.
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.