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Observatorio Astronomico de Quito

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Address: Av. Gran Colombia S/N | Av. Diez de Agosto, Interior del parque La Alameda, Quito 170136, Ecuador
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09:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Quito Astronomical Observatory was founded in 1873. It is one of the...

The Quito Astronomical Observatory was founded in 1873. It is one of the oldest in Latin America. After 143 years, the investigation process still continues here. Since 2011, the Observatory opened its museum. Here you can visit 8 rooms and the central tower, with displays of instruments that have been used here. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 7-9 pm, Night Observations take place, for which you must book in advance. See you soon!

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First off all, I like astronomy, and all the things about spcae :)) This "museum" is full, really full with equipments! Only one thing is missing: english text, that is why... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

First off all, I like astronomy, and all the things about spcae :)) This "museum" is full, really full with equipments! Only one thing is missing: english text, that is why 4. But there are some touch screen next to the door frame, you can choose english narration with TV clip. Extra: you can find nice 360degrees panorama from the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

If you are interested in astronomy, this is a very good place for you. Instruments are well preserved. The only problem, it's all in Spanish that's why I took one star. It's a small museum but it has almost everything you want to know about astronomy. I don't like huge place that needs a lot of walking. It's in Park... More 

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Piedmont, CA
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

Went there with my husband and a friend who are both very interested in astronomy and telescopes.Maria, the Museum guide took us on a personal tour which was fantastic since all the signage was in Spanish.

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MuseoObservatorio, Museo at Observatorio Astronomico de Quito, responded to this review

Hey! It's Maria here :) Thank you very much for your review. We highly appreciate it and hope to see you again. Kind regards! More 

Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

Do not miss this historically significant and fascinating site. The Observatory was founded in the 1700s, and amazingly has been restored to include original German and French made instruments, ranging from telescopes to seismographs. Our tour guide, Maria, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and led us from the basement, through all the exhibits, and up to the tower. You won't believe that... More 

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MuseoObservatorio, Museo at Observatorio Astronomico de Quito, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We highly appreciate that visitors and tourist can enjoy the Observatory, a treasure of all Ecuadorians. We hope that you can join us some time for the Night Observations, in the summer. Greetings from Quito! :) More 

Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

It´s an interesting Museum in Quito the Observatory is located in the ancient park "La Alameda"......

Thank xavier h
Sonoma, California
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

The signs are mainly in Spanish, but a wonderful young woman who worked there offered a free personal walking tour around the museum in English. If you consider yourself a science nerd, this is a must-see museum in Quito.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had an excellent tour guide at the Observatory who was knowledgeable and spoke great English. The building has unique Architecture that is well worth the price of admission. WE noticed this building as we walked through the park. It is about 30 minutes from the Hilton Colon Quito hotel.

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Czestochowa, Poland
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

The astronomical planetarium is what I like to visit, from time to time. A grate place to bring kids and let them discover mysteries of the sky, a rare opportunity in our existences dominated by TV. It is few steps away from my favorite place to stay; Hotel Auberginn, where, for last 13 years, I am repeated client... when there... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

The building itself is an attraction, its antiquity, and it has been restaured. If you enjoyed finding a treasure, this is it. in a middle of a park, to tell you the truth, I liked it better that an observatory I visited in Swizerland. It has about all the instruments and gadgets. The telescope is just amazing, you could see... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Guides are usually science students, they have a lot of interesting instruments and host sky observations. Their basement has a lot of nerdy stuff. I love it, but then again, if you're not a science lover it might not be the best use of your time. Cheap and well located, though!

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