Ideal for understanding the Quito psyche and way of life.
The great history of Quito
Do you want to learn about the history of Quito? Then this, my friend, is the place for you: The Museo de la Ciudad, or city museum, is the best place to explore the city in depth. It is located in a historic building dating back to 1565 which was, for nearly four centuries, one of the first hospitals in the country, the Hospital San Juan de Dios. Patients would travel to this hospital from all over the continent, as Ecuador was still not a consolidated country. This museum has a curious and interesting collection with a strong focus on daily life in the city, taking an urban-, citizen- and family-based approach as opposed to an institutional or historical one. As a result, it is a really useful tool for understanding the characteristic components of the local identity. It is located in the centre of the city.