Yaku is an interactive museum dedicated to one topic: “Water”. Water in its most complex and diverse approaches as it is present in unimaginable scenarios and forms; from science to art, passing through environmental, social, spiritual, historical topics within other subjects. Yaku believes that the only way to protect water in a conscious way is having a strong affective attachment with it.
Through this holistic approach, the Museum of Water, located in Quito, works for the pursuit and design of a variety of educational, playful and sensible experiences. By the application of no formal education, it encourages reflection and the recognition of the value of water. The museum aspires to arise citizens who are aware of the importance of water, people who are conscious that life in our planet depends on it and that their everyday activities can affect on positive or negative ways.
Mission: Be a place that encourages more questions than answers; by reflection, active participation and recreation, assuming that life depends on water.
Vision: On 2030, Yaku Museum of Water will be an example of a site where meeting and debate on water happens. A place opened for proposals and community participation with an impact on the continent and important international strategic alliances. Additionally, it will be a self-sustaining museum.
The museum works around two main ideas: “water and nature”, and “water and society”; so all the activities and exhibits developed are part of one of these strategic lines. Yaku counts with 8 permanent and 2 temporary exhibits, one travelling exhibit and 4 travelling activities. The agenda of the museum includes complementary activities which change monthly, and a continue work with our closest community, neighbors and collectives related to water.
With a mean of 150.000 visitors a year, Yaku is one of the most visited museums in the city, which counts with more than 120 museums and cultural centers. Most of our visitors are Ecuadorians, being 50% kids. In workdays, visitors come in scholar groups and weekend visits consist mostly on families.
Yaku opened its doors on 2005 and is administrated by Fundación Museos de la Ciudad, which is a private foundation that manages 5 museums. It is financed mainly by Quito’s Municipality and Quito´s Public Water Supplier (EPMAPS - Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Agua Potable y Saneamiento).
Why is a water museum important in Quito? Discover the topics that Yaku works on, how access to water has evolved in the city and the management of the Metropolitan Public Company for Drinking Water and Sanitation of the City (EPMAPS - Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Agua Potable y Saneamiento).
Experiment with soap bubbles. Dare to meet exciting challenges combining fun and learning at Yaku Water Park Museum.
Zoom Exhibition: a journey on the water
Playful, interactive, sensory and technological space to learn more about the importance of water, throughout the plot of life: from the macro to the micro. Be part of this exhibition experience.
Media Agua Ecological House
Visit the sustainable house of Yaku: a space for coexistence to share knowledge, reflections and values on how we understand nature, how we relate to it seeking more sustainable societies.
Fable exhibition: a different world
The Embassy of Spain in Ecuador and the Fundación Museos de la Ciudad, through Yaku Water Park Museum, invite citizens to enjoy the exhibition “Fable a Different World” by Blanca De la Torre. The exhibition, which opens the CulturAmazonía Festival, offers a multifocal and polyhedral vision of the ecosocial crisis and is produced by the Sierra Plástica Collective with attention to sustainability criteria. Do not miss it, we'll be waiting.
Pumamaqui* Ecological Trail
Do you know what an ecological restoration is? Enjoy nature and its relationship with water exploring this space located in Yaku. A refuge for flora and fauna of the Metropolitan District of Quito (*Pumamaqui is an ecuadorian native plant).
The Paths of Water
The proposal for this exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Tomorrow's Cities teams, the YAKU Water Museum, the Wayku project team and La Cabina de la Curiosidad. From an interdisciplinary fabric of technical and social scientists, artists, builders, guardians of the environment, space planners, and inhabitants of various neighborhoods of Quito, this exhibition has been created that allows us to observe from different points of view, the treasures hidden behind the creeks of the city.
Water has sculpted the geography on which we settle, and understanding the flows and impacts that its behavior has on the lives of Quito residents is essential to begin building a conscious and proactive relationship in the face of risks that may exist, as well as protect and take advantage of the advantages it gives us.