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Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art

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Address: Malecon Simon Bolivar and Calle Loja, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
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+593 4-230-9383

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nice museum and it is Free! along the Malecon

this is an interesting museum, shows some nice art plus a good combination of ancient pottery from princess-Inca cultures. while the art is interesting, I found the Anthropology... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is an interesting museum, shows some nice art plus a good combination of ancient pottery from princess-Inca cultures. while the art is interesting, I found the Anthropology aspects way more interesting.

Denton, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 2 hours visiting this museum and were accompanied by a docent who spoke excellent English for most of the exhibits on the main floor. They were well lit and identified and traced the anthropological and historical roots of Guayaquil. The dioramas were extremely well done. The second floor was not as organized and the only area of interest... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Although I wasn't that impressed by the contemporary art, the anthropology section is excellent, showing unique pottery and items from the many civilizations of the country.

Thank Errol P
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

It has a little part of antropology, but few information of the pieces in exposition, there are some videos without translation for english. And in the modern part of the museum there was a little exposition of one author. Both were free.

Thank Patyuko
Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

First the entrance upstairs was closed and we though the museum was closed also. When we looked further we found another entrance at the lower level. Inside half of the museum was not in use and the other half was ok. Everything in Spanish and I missed the age of a lot of artifacts. If you really have nothing to... More 

Thank IvoDeRooij
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This museum was on our "must see" list, but we went to the front doors on two occasions to find the place locked & deserted. Finally, on our third attempt, guards from buildings nearby came to explain it had been closed since the earthquake. Sad to have missed seeing the inside.

Thank Zipster16
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of stops in this free museum (not only for the exhibits but also the air conditioning and restrooms!). It's on the north end of the Malecon and just outside Las Penas, so a great destination when walking about the city. Not only are the core exhibits interesting, but we enjoyed a traveling photo exhibit, too.... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a nice building in the center of town, one block from the Malecon. It has sections of contemporary art , some interesting and not part of a permanent collection. The rest has very little except for some ceramic. The description is in spanish only and the place close at 4 p.m!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

This newish museum on the beautiful seaside park and walkway called the Malecon is a little gem. There are multiple rooms that take you through the many different cultures in the 10,000 year history of Ecuador. There are beautiful ceramic displays in well lighted cabinets and extensive wall texts. Unfortunately the explanations are only in Spanish at this time but... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

While the contemporary art section is interesting (and likely to vary, depending on what's exhibited), the "anthropology" section is a single room with some ceramics, and very limited exhibits devoted to the peoples of the area in earlier times. Not worth the effort.

Thank Mainemal

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