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“Gem in the center of Quito”

Museo Manuela Saenz
Ranked #62 of 205 things to do in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum contains her history, paintings, stamps and personal effects of Manuela Saenz.
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gem in the center of Quito”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

Although the building is not related to Manuela's life in any way, her belongings and the decoration of the museum are enough to trigger the visitor's imagination. At the entrance it is possible to see enlarged copies of a few of the most passionate letters Manuela and Bolivar exchanged. The museum's director has carefully studied most of the existing historic literature about Manuela Saenz, and it would be very hard to find a better interpreter of history than this Quiteña. Through her accounts of books, letters and paintings, one gets a sense of the circumstances that shaped Manuela’s personality and that determined her fate. But most importantly one senses the dimension of the strength, the character, the idealism of a universal woman that fought for freedom in one of the most repressive historic moments of the Americas. Manuela not only participated in actual combats against the Spaniards, and conspired with Simon Bolivar; she lived as a free woman. And that is a powerful legacy for women of Latin America and the world.

Visited January 2012
13 Thank cecilia r
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Northleach, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Unique museum about an incredible woman”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

Fantastically knowledgeable guided tours. Some extraordinary personal items - including the violets given to her by Simon Bolivar, pressed in a book. well worth visiting if you have any interest in her story.

Visited October 2011
16 Thank janequelch
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Museum of wonder!”
Reviewed 27 October 2011

It is a museum outlining the culture of this country, especially the city of Quito. I recommend this place to know with some guidance or a book where you specify the meaning of everything that one has to be seen.

Visited October 2011
15 Thank Alexander v
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed 26 October 2011

I had heard about Manuela Saenz and her relationship to Simon Bolivar before I went to the museum, so seeing her things and her writings was compelling. The museum director herself gives the tour with lots of interesting tidbits about Manuela's role in the fight for independence against Spain.

Visited July 2011
15 Thank patsymom
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“One of the best museums in Quito we have seen”
Reviewed 3 August 2011

We are archaeological and anthropology student and we went and tried to see all the museums in quito and was most impressed here. you need to speak spanish or have a spanish speaker with you but was by far the most interesting museum.

Visited August 2011
17 Thank kcbilbrey
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