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Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art

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Address: Malecon Simon Bolivar and Calle Loja, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 4-230-9383
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Wonderful place to learn about the long history of Ecuadorian civilizations

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2016
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San Francisco, California
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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.

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Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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 

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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.

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Thank Zipster16
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Good exhibits of Amer-American ceramics and stone work. Some of the best was closed off (got in to see part by accident). The modern art exhibits were a little weak.l

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south Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

We were excited to go to this museum, as we'd been to la casa de la cultura in Qutio. However, this museum in Guayaquil has literally very few exhibits. We were done in less than 10 mn, and that was looking at every single piece and reading the cards as well. There is simply nothing in this museum. We were... More 

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