Casa Museo Guayasamin
Casa Museo Guayasamin
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
About
It is the residence where the Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín lived and get inspired his last years. Keeps a very representative part of his art collections: Pre-Columbian, Colonial art, and Contemporary art from Ecuador, as well as objects from around the world. Casa Museo Guayasamín (Guayasamin's House-museum) is part of the 5 cultural places of Fundación Guayasamín (Guayasamin Foundation) that you can visit with the same entrance fee: *"Casa Museo Guayasamín", *"Estudio De Oswaldo Guayasamín”, *“Sala De Exposiciones Temporales Maruja Monteverde”, *"La Capilla Del Hombre", and *"Sitio Arqueológico y Parque De Las Culturas".
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • m s
    39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting.
    Beautiful place to visit. The art work is a bit on the depressive side reflecting suffering/sadness. Having been friends with communist/dictators who caused suffering to their people I can’t tell which side of the fence he leaned on. Art was beautiful though.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Zoe P
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a solo or family tour!
    Stunning artwork and a very cool house museum. You enter through the gate where you pay, and they ask whether you want a tour in English or Spanish. The English-speaking guide at the house museum was phenomenal. It's a really interesting museum with hundreds of artifacts and pieces of artwork, plus you can see his studio with working artists. Then there's a separate art museum featuring Guayasamin's work -- also with English or Spanish guides. After the tour you can wander the museum. Great gift shop as well where you can purchase prints, clothing, jewelry, and other souvenirs.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 October 2023
  • 2TropicsTravelers
    Orlando, Florida62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly unique and amazing
    The ability to be so close, inside the life of a world renowned artist is very unusual and wonderful. You feel like you knew him personally, and his desire to share his art collection in such a personal way is inspirational and appreciated. The architecture of his house is spectacular and the explanation of his art collection, as well as his artwork, was completely fascinating. We also had a chocolate tasting during our visit which was very interesting and delicious.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • linda
    Oban, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    We were recommended to visit this museum, and what a wonderful experience it was. The chapel of man was simply amazing. Stunning paintings and artwork displayed in such a beautiful setting. We were fortunate to have an English speaking guide take us around the gallery. Highly recommend a visit here. The house which is included in the tour is definitely worth visiting. We had a wonderful guide who was so knowledgable about the artist and his life, well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Trev M
    Belton, Texas112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learn about the artist and his work
    Two museums in one. Visit the house the artist lived in for the last 20 years of his life and then another building housing many of his paintings. Well put together and easily enjoyed even by art neophytes. Guayasamin was a socialist who lived during the Cold War and met some major world figures (Mao & Castro) and had three major phases of his career. Learning about his house and life from the docent helped put him in context and show his growth throughout his career. Worth an hour or two.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2024
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Trev M
Belton, TX112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Two museums in one. Visit the house the artist lived in for the last 20 years of his life and then another building housing many of his paintings. Well put together and easily enjoyed even by art neophytes. Guayasamin was a socialist who lived during the Cold War and met some major world figures (Mao & Castro) and had three major phases of his career. Learning about his house and life from the docent helped put him in context and show his growth throughout his career. Worth an hour or two.
Written 8 April 2024
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linda
Oban, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were recommended to visit this museum, and what a wonderful experience it was. The chapel of man was simply amazing. Stunning paintings and artwork displayed in such a beautiful setting. We were fortunate to have an English speaking guide take us around the gallery. Highly recommend a visit here.

The house which is included in the tour is definitely worth visiting. We had a wonderful guide who was so knowledgable about the artist and his life, well worth a visit.
Written 19 February 2024
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Seaghán Ó
Imbabura Province, Ecuador15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I admit first I am not a fan of Guayasamin's art. It seems too derivative of "Guernica" Picasso-meets-the Mexican muralists Rivera-Siquieros-Orozco. He favors tortured figures, anguish, and lament as his themes. I understand his ideology--as a friend of Castro, his Marxist view is expected, and the reasons he sought to air his message.

The tour is mandatory, We had another couple along with the three of us on an English one, as our guest does not know Spanish. Octavio was knowledgeable and efficient. Looking around parts (many are roped off or not stopped at) of the artist's home and studio, you see the range of pre-colonial, colonial, devotional, and modern art works. Mostly paintings by Guayasamin added to a fraction of his vast collection of fine art.

An introductory short video fills you in on the artist's motives and why he created this hilltop villa in the Bellavista district overlooking Quito. Another video when you see the studio shows him painting the flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. Even if one is not entranced by Guayasamin's style, it's valuable to see how, in about his typical time of an hour, he painted the portrait. However, as my friend noted, the oversight of not selling a copy of this painting, or even a postcard, is a let-down. He said he would have bought a poster of Paco immediately. I agree that this would be a wise product.

You can then go through a pair of gift shops, one crafts, the other inexpensive posters and costly signed paintings, before descending to the Capilla del Hombre. The Chapel of Man reminded me of the Pantheon in Rome. I thought using the condor vs the bull image as the "main altar" of the site was an unsettling choice for secular contemplation, but again, the struggle between Spanish and indigenous symbols results from Guayasamin's anti-clerical, pro-native stance in Catholic Ecuador.
Written 16 January 2024
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Baiba G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Exceptional museum. Not to be missed. Fabulous home if this artist, beautiful gardens and museum. Many archeological treasures.
Written 20 December 2023
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2TropicsTravelers
Orlando, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The ability to be so close, inside the life of a world renowned artist is very unusual and wonderful. You feel like you knew him personally, and his desire to share his art collection in such a personal way is inspirational and appreciated. The architecture of his house is spectacular and the explanation of his art collection, as well as his artwork, was completely fascinating. We also had a chocolate tasting during our visit which was very interesting and delicious.
Written 14 November 2023
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Zoe P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Stunning artwork and a very cool house museum. You enter through the gate where you pay, and they ask whether you want a tour in English or Spanish. The English-speaking guide at the house museum was phenomenal. It's a really interesting museum with hundreds of artifacts and pieces of artwork, plus you can see his studio with working artists. Then there's a separate art museum featuring Guayasamin's work -- also with English or Spanish guides. After the tour you can wander the museum. Great gift shop as well where you can purchase prints, clothing, jewelry, and other souvenirs.
Written 26 October 2023
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m s
39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Beautiful place to visit. The art work is a bit on the depressive side reflecting suffering/sadness. Having been friends with communist/dictators who caused suffering to their people I can’t tell which side of the fence he leaned on. Art was beautiful though.
Written 19 August 2023
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Milorco
Panama City, Panama191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Opening ceremony of an international event was done there, the pictures are so different but interesting. Big place with good premises.
Written 19 May 2023
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Quarantine A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a wonderful museum featuring one of Ecuadors most famous artists. It is a very moving and inspiring museum with many personal aspects of the artist.
Written 3 May 2023
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Jeanette M
Swindon, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This was recommended to us by our hotel to spend a couple of hours. Our expectations were low as we wouldn't normally visit an artist we'd never heard of! But we really enjoyed it. Our visit started with a tour which was in English, very interesting, and we learnt so much about the artist. What an interesting artist, Guayasamin was. Once the tour was over, we visited the actual museum to view some of his creations. Amazing and very dramatic art. Good choice was available of prints and limited edition prints.
The artist's home, garden and studio were beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 25 April 2023
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