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Museo Municipal de Guayaquil

The development of Guayaquil

If there is something that defines Guayaquil society at the beginning of the 20th century is its passion for uncovering its own history and leaving evidence of it. For that reason the Museo Municipal was founded in 1909, following the renovation of the Museo Industrial. Afterwards, a palace-library was built in 1916 in order to house the collection but it had to be demolished due to faults in the construction. After several more changes and restorations, the museum that you can now visit houses nearly all the pieces rescued from their original location, such as stone idols from the pre-Hispanic period, a stone seat from the Manteño-Huancanvelica period, ancient octagonal glass cabinets and even cilices with a murky history in the Sacred Art hall. The Museo Municipal is divided into two floors: the lower floor spans from the pre-Columbian period to the 20th century and the upper floor features multidisciplinary rooms with coin collections, Contemporary Art, a small auditorium and temporary exhibitions.

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