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Ranked #33 of 203 things to do in Quito
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Owner description: Located inside the adjacent convent to the Church of San Francisco, this museum features an impressive collection of 17th-century paintings and other works of religious art.
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“Not for me”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Really didn't care for this museum at all, but that's probably because I have little interest in medieval or baroque art, which makes up the majority of the collection. Signs are only in Spanish, with a heavily catholic slant, not surprising given the location.
I did enjoy the courtyard, with the sepulchers of patrons from the XVII century, and imagining what monastic life would have been like 300+ years ago.

Visited June 2014
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“No system, no logic, no translation”
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

The museum would have potential and the choire of the church is really amazing. But without a guide (that we had not been offered) you'll not going to find any interesting facts or explanations - not of the building, not of the convent, nor of the church. So in the end it's just a loose collections of paintings and statues that doesn't tell a story. Therefore IMHO it fails in all terms of a historic museum of national importance and made us leave really disappointed. We really hope the management will consider the results of the survey made to support the master thesis of that nice and friendly young woman who will clearly identify tha lack of ambition this museum seems to suffer from.

Visited May 2014
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Raleigh NC
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“Must See Museum”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Great treasures in this Museum attached to the Convent which is attached to San Francisco Church. Fabulous art collection and make your way across the courtyard to go upstairs to the church choir loft. In the loft is not only the organ and a great view of the church, but also Manuel Chile Caspicara's crucifix (1650-70). It is said that Caspicara tied a model to a cross to learn how to realistically represent Christ's facial and body expressions. I wish I had known to take the guided tour....but even without the guide, it is easy explore. Don't miss this attraction!

Visited April 2014
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York, PA
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“One of my favorites”
Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

This museum is adjacent to the Iglesia de San Francisco. For about 20 Bolivianos I was given a personalized guided tour of the museum and church which ended on the roof with spectacular views of the city. My guide spoke pretty good English and really knew about the history of the building and it's art. Even if you are not Catholic, attend mass at the 200 + year old Iglesia.

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“Get a tour guide”
Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

Tour guides were a buck or two and the museum isn't labeled with explanations of the painting on their placards. Despite speaking Spanish well I'd still recc'd a tour guide. Otherwise interesting artwork.

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