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In-Town Outing: Museo del Banco Central ‘Pumapungo’

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Near the intersection of Calle Larga and Huayna Capac
Tue-Sat, 8AM – 5:30PM

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Much to my delight, museums are abundant in Cuenca, sprinkled liberally around the city like gems.  One of the coolest ones I’ve seen so far is located in Banco Central on Calle Larga near the Pumapungo archaeological site:

Museo Banco Central is the largest museum I’ve visited so far in Cuenca – there are rotating exhibits on the main floor (currently exhibiting comic book characters designed by Cuencano schoolchildren), the basement level contains a museum of currency, and a series of upstairs galleries showcasing Ecuador’s many regional indigenous groups.  Sadly, we had limited time, so we did not get to see the numismatic museum, but that just gives us an excuse to go back!

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The really interesting thing that I took away from this museum was the wide variety of ethnic groups in Ecuador and the amazing range of their artistic expressions – it reminded me of the Native (North) American cultures our family experienced during our years in Alaska, Washington, and the Southwest.

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