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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-36
Casa De La Cultura Ecuatoriana;
      Archeology, Art, Theatre, Musical Instrument Museum;
                                                         All Right Across from Parque El Ejido 
By Ray Almand
La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana includes a lot in one building.  It is an Art Gallery, and Archeology Museum, a Theatre - and there is an incredible Musical Instrument Museum.  The main entrance to Casa de la Cultura faces the Northeast corner of Parque El Ejido.  Parque El Ejido is located just north of Colonial Quito, sort of beteen the Old Town and the Mariscal area New town.  Casa Cultura is convenient to both Old and New Town.
Musical Instrument Muesum
For today's Chronicle I will cover something interesting that I came across unexpectedly - which is always fun.  I was wandering around the outside of the round building and found an entrance on the opposite side from the main entrance.  This side has an Art Gallery with works by well known Ecuador artists as well as an area for art shows - this will be next week's Chronicle.  But this is also the entrance to the Musical Instrument Museum which I had not heard of.
The Musical Instrument Museum has displays of instruments dating from early 20th Century back into pre-Columbian times.  I really enjoyed seeing all the instruments.  I will just let the images below tell the story - I hope you enjoy them.

View from Parque El Ejido - Main Entrance 
Casa Cultura - A Round, Reflective Building
The Back Entrance
Instruments, Along with Photographer Self-portrait
There He is Again!
Hope you Enjoyed the Museum Tour
Seeing the instruments in person is, of course, much better than these photos - The museum is well worth a visit if you are in Quito and have in interest in music.  Dalynda and I are thinking about organizing an Art and Music Tour of Ecuador sometime in the future - Art during the day and Live Music in the evenings.  We would certainly include a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum.


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