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Guayasamin Museum (Casa Museo Guayasamin)
Guayasamin Museum (Casa Museo Guayasamin)

Guayasamin Museum (Casa Museo Guayasamin)

Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
E18- y Mariano Calvache, Quito, Ecuador

The Basics

Donated to the city shortly before his death, Guayasamín’s impressive archaeological collection displays over 4,500 pre-Colombian artifacts including ceramic bowls, fertility figurines, burial masks, and 1,500-year-old depictions of shamans. More than 250 of his own works, consisting of powerful, arresting portraits showing the suffering of humankind, are displayed throughout the house, as are portraits he made of his friends and family.

An entry ticket to the museum includes admission to the Chapel of Man (La Capilla del Hombre) next door, which the artist designed to feel like an Incan temple and pay tribute to the history of humanity. A quiet place for reflection and meditation on peace and solidarity, the chapel contains many of his large-scale works.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guayasamín Museum is an ideal spot for lovers of visual arts and thosexa0interested in the history and culture of Ecuador.
  • Guided tours take about an hour, though it’s possible to spend a full day on the grounds.
  • Buy reproductions of the artist’s most noteworthy paintings in the shop.
  • The admission fee includes entry into Guayasamín’s adjacent Chapel of Man.
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How to Get There

Guayasamín Museum is located in the Bellavista neighborhood of Quito, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of the city center. The closest bus stop is Lorenzo Chavez y N32, about a minute away walking. You can also take a taxi, which is the recommended mode of transportation as the neighborhood can become unsafe for strangers as the sun goes down.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily, from morning until evening. Come early or in the late afternoon to avoid the crowds, which typically come in the middle of the day. Peak season in Quito runs from June to September, coinciding with the Ecuadorian dry season. Throughout the year, the high-altitude climate is consistently springlike, with warm days and chilly nights. To experience the city in party mode, come visit from February to April for Carnival and Semana Santa.

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Wildcard

Native Artists Exhibit In a protected courtyard outside Guayasamín Museum, look for the collection of folk art paintings by the artists of Tigua, an Andean village north of Quito. Painted in vibrant color and a distinctive style, the painters depict detailed scenes of everyday rural life under the shadow of snow-capped Quilotoa Volcano. Guayasamín created this special place to honor the work of these humble artists.

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