Museo Naval Almirante Juan Illingworth
Documents of battles, models of sailing boats, the naval history of Ecuador at your fingertips
Another point of view of Ecuador's history
Discovering the secrets of the Museo Naval Almirante Juan Illimgworth is, to begin with, to feel like an expedition member on board one of the ships that sighted America for the first time. The scent of wood and resin fills the rooms where the models follow on from the weaponry because this museum focuses mainly on the military history of the Ecuadorian navy. The collection began at the beginning of the 20th century although the building itself was built in 1994 and is located on the lower floor of the Government building. The museum's aim is to give an idea of Ecuador's historic naval heritage. For that reason, inside you will find historic documents referring to epic battles, models of large ships, paintings of admirals and even replicas of the first rudimentary pre-colonial ships that travelled the Guayas river. If you check out the museum's programme, you can also find temporary exhibitions where long forgotten boats have been rescued along with parts for steam boats and naval relics.