The Guayasamin Museum is a must-see if you’re interested in getting a taste of local art during your trip to Quito. This art museum is home to paintings by Oswaldo Guayasamin as well as his private collection of art. As he is one of the most renowned painters in Ecuador, taking the time to visit this collection will serve as a great introduction to local art.
Beyond the fantastic Guayasamin paintings, the museum itself has a great location on a hill overlooking the countryside below. Guayasamin sought to establish a center of culture in Quito, and since this foundation began in 1977 that is exactly what they have been working towards. From art to concerts to publications, the Guayasamin Foundation supports local art and culture in many ways. The artist himself was born in Quito in 1919 and studied at the local school of fine art. He established a career as a sculptor and painter and lived to the age of 79.
Visitors today can see what an impact this one artist has had on the city of Quito by visiting the Guayasamin Museum. Known for their intense emotions and power, Guayasamin paintings are on display here along with the personal collection of the artist. The museum is open on Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 6:30 pm. It is also open on Saturdays from 9 am to 12:30 pm. A good suggestion for anyone interested in the city's history is to combine a visit with a trip to the Museo de la Ciudad in Quito.
In addition to the many galleries of the museum, visitors also enjoy a stroll in the gardens. If you’re planning a visit to Quito, check ahead to see if there are any concerts or performances scheduled at the museum during your trip. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the view along with taking in a cultural experience. This museum is not only a tribute to one local artistic talent, but also will encourage interest in artists from Ecuador in general.