Museo del Banco Central, Quito - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Museo del Banco Central

One of the few sights in the New City is the round-walled Casa de la Cultura. It houses a theatre, a cinema and two museums, the most impressive being the Museo del Banco Central. Ecuador's premiere museum, it contains an astonishing collection of religious art, Columbian ceramics and pre-Hispanic gold, and a huge archaeological repertoire. Of interest are the ceramics of the La Tolita society (600 BC to 400 AD), the Gigantes de Bahía, the Sala de Oro (an exhibiton filled with gold), and the Sala de Arte Colonial, packed with religious paintings and sculpture.

Ave Patria, between 6 de Diciembre and 12 de Octubre
Spanish is the official language, but Quechua is the main language spoken among the indigenous people.

The US Dollar (USD) is the official currency in Ecuador. In 2000 the sucre was replaced by the dollar as the legal currency, but despite dollarization, the sucre will likely persist in rural areas for a while longer. It is recommended that travellers bring both US dollar notes and travellers cheques as other foreign currencies are difficult to exchange outside of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. Small denominations in good condition are the easiest to exchange outside of the main cities. In the main centres most currencies can be exchanged at banks and exchange houses ( casas de cambio) at variable commission rates. ATMs are available in the cities, and major credit cards are accepted in tourist areas and large hotels although a commission of 6-8% is often charged.

Opening Times
Open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

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