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The National Museum of Ecuador

Located in the city of Quito, the National Museum of Ecuador (MuNA) is a treasure trove of art and cultural productions of the country’s history. Serving as the flagship institution of the Ecuadorian Museum Network, MuNA fosters integration, coordination, and collaboration among museums.

MuNA is more than just a museum; it is a dynamic space that continuously evolves. It preserves, exhibits, and nurtures artistic collections and cultural productions. The museum serves as a platform for memory, creativity, and dialogue, where cultural assets engage in a constant exchange.

Antique historical sculpture from Ecuador

MuNA is a testament to the power of cultural preservation and the celebration of diversity. It invites visitors to delve into the fascinating history of Ecuador, appreciate its artistic expressions, and actively participate in the construction of collective memory.

Permanent Exhibitions:

History of the National Museum

Transversal Concepts

Original Societies



Modern and Contemporary Art

Metals (under construction)

Temporary Exhibitions:

Depends on when it visits

Hours of operation: 

Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission at 16h00).

Sunday: 10:00 to 15:00 (last admission at 14:00)

Its collection:

The museum’s collections have diverse origins. In 1960, the Swiss collector Max Konanz contributed a significant portion of the initial collection. Since then, the museum has continued to expand its artistic collections by acquiring pieces from scientists and private collectors such as Luis Felipe Borja, Luis Cordero Dávila, Wilhelm Baum, Víctor Mena Caamaño, and others. With over 5,261 artworks, including sculptures, paintings, engravings, furniture, textiles, jewelry, porcelain, and more, the museum proudly showcases the rich artistic heritage of Ecuador during the colonial and republican periods. These works reflect the country’s unique mestizo identity, resulting from the fusion of European and American cultures.

In addition to the historical collections, the museum features modern and contemporary art. It has amassed around 800 works by Ecuadorian artists, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, and photographs. This collection highlights the vibrant and evolving art scene in the country. The museum has played an active role in promoting emerging talents through the National Visual Arts Competition held for consecutive years from 1977 to 1979. Furthermore, the collection includes noteworthy international artworks, including a generous donation from renowned artist Estuardo Maldonado.

Since 1976, the museum has also focused on building ethnographic collections to support anthropological research on Ecuador’s indigenous communities. With nearly 300 objects representing daily life, ceremonial and festive practices, religious rituals, games, and work, these collections provide valuable insights into the diverse social groups that contribute to Ecuador’s rich cultural tapestry.

The National Museum of Ecuador stands as a testament to the country’s artistic and cultural heritage, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the diverse expressions of Ecuadorian history and creativity.

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