The Museum is a joint project between the Municipality of Guayaquil and the Foundation Malecon 2000 with the support of private companies. It was inaugurated on October 26, 2006.
The work belongs to sculptor from Guayaquil Edgar Cevallos Rosales. The exhibition offers a fantasy world that exposes an ancestral and historical reality, full of traditions and of impressive beauty, which transports the visitor through time.
The museum is one of the most important cultural centers of the country; through miniature clay statuettes, 15 scenes (dioramas) about the development of Guayaquil and its evolution until the cosmopolitan city of today are captured.
The display is considered a didactic project valued between 500 and 600 thousand dollars, aimed to provide the visitors of all ages a tour of approximately 45 minutes for them to know the beginnings and development of the city in an entertaining way.
Attractions: the technique known as diorama, which consists in recreating real environments through small scenarios and tridimensional characters. It has four buttons that have different functions. When one of them is pushed a set of lights and audio is activated, which support the description of the event.
Guayaquil can be appreciated in its different stages, from the XVI to the XXI century. The exhibition encompass the beginnings of the city, when it was a virgin jungle inhabited by Huanvavilca aborigines; through the pirate attacks, the great fire that destroyed it, the independence deed, the conformation of the republic, the cocoa boom and the cosmopolitan metropolis of today. Different scenes can be appreciated like miniature statuettes of the lush jungle, the small wood houses, the modern buildings and more. The exhibition comprises more than 15 stations, each one with its descriptive name:
1) “Origin of our ancestors”: it shows the birth of the city and the first inhabitants, back then in the years of 6.000 and 3.500 BC. The jungle that existed by the river can be appreciated, which shows the lifestyle of the natives and their houses.
2) Foundations: scenes from the various foundations of the city are exhibited; also the attack against the aborigines until the definitive foundation took place.
3) Shipyard of the Pacific: it shows the status of Guayaquil as first naval shipyard of the Pacific, from 1547 until 1741, showing the different vessels that were built, approximately 170 large draught ships.
4) Pirates in the gulf: recreates the attack of the pirates in the Gulf of Guayaquil through a scene that revives the six occasions in which the city was looted by the pirates, showing the courage of the people of Guayaquil during the clashes.
5) Old City and New City: stages the era between 1730 and 1769 when the then governor moved the so-called Old City that was located in a place full of estuaries and bridges, to a safer place at the foot of the existing Santa Ana Hill.
6) Aurora Gloriosa: shows the independence deed of the city, known as Glorious Dawn in which is recreated the so-called Forge of Vulcan where the independence of Guayaquil was planned.
7) Guayaquil por la Patria: represents the actions of the city on behalf of the country between the years of 1821 and 1823 showing the contribution of men, weapons and equipment of the Independent Republic of Guayaquil, which ensured the defeats in the battles that took place before the independence of Quito.
8) Republic of Ecuador: shows the formation of the Republic of Ecuador recreating the agreement reached by liberators Bolivar and San Martin to free the city back in the years of 1824 and 1827.
9) The Revolution of March: recreates the overthrow of Juan Jose Flores, first president of the country, who pretended to perpetuate in power and was confronted by troops from Guayaquil.
10) Prosperity Times: it exhibits the economic activities of the city during the cocoa and trade boom.
11) Great Fire of Guayaquil: recounts the fire that destroyed the city at the beginning of the XX century, which consumed almost all the constructions that were of cane and wood.
12) XX Century: recreation of modern times that depict the growth of the city; its urban development and philanthropy.
13) Guayaquil vive por ti: a scene that recreates the big urban works of today like Malecon 2000.
14) Mas Ciudad: it recreates the new works like the airport, the land terminal, among others.
15) White March: recounts the manifestation that was carried out by the people of Guayaquil to demand the increase of safety in the city.
The museum has guides who speak English, Italian and Portuguese to serve the foreign tourists. They also are available for school groups.