Free entrance for all.
The permanent exhibition is fully bilingual (Spanish + English).
Address: Calle 19 No. 21-27, Pasto, Nariño, Colombia. 3rd Floor.
Telephone: (572) 7213001
Open Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays.
Find it next to Plaza del Carnaval
You should know
Airport (PSO) to Pasto city takes a 45 minutes taxi ride along the impressive Andean range. Share a “colectivo” (shared) taxi to the city, and count the curves as every Pastuso has done once. This archaeological museum, fully renewed in 2016, links past and present. Visiting it will provide you with a better understanding of what you will see and live in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador.
The pre-Hispanic societies of Nariño
Based on a rich material culture legacy, archaeologists have identified two main areas of pre-Hispanic human settlement in the vast frontier region between Colombia and Ecuador: the Pacific coast, and the mountain range. The archaeological evidence has proved difficult to interpret, due to the variety and complexity of the cultural developments that occurred.
The diversity of the vividly contrasting landscapes was a crucial element in the social organisation and the economy of pre-Hispanic peoples, and also in their views of the cosmos. The features of the terrain meant that integration was possible in each region, as well as connections with neighbouring areas.
The Spanish conquest brought further transformations in these societies. Other population groups —indigenous, African and European— arrived during the colonial era, and their wisdom was added to local knowledge. The rich diversity that can be witnessed in the cultural landscape today is the result of interaction between countless traditions in this territory over a period of many centuries.