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Address: Cuartel el Zapote | Barrio San Jacinto, San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone Number: 503-2250-0000
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Good place to learn highlights of El Salvador's history

The group I was with - adults and children - was pleasantly surprised by what we could learn about the country's history. Being a military museum of course the focus is mostly on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The group I was with - adults and children - was pleasantly surprised by what we could learn about the country's history. Being a military museum of course the focus is mostly on the military's role in the evolution of the country up to involvement in Iraq in the 90s.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given El Salvador’s 12-year civil war that began in 1980, military history is a prominent aspect of Salvadorian culture. This smallish museum features military vehicles, tanks, various uniforms adorning mannequins, firearms—all housed in what appears to be former officers’ quarters. I found most interesting the topographical relief map of El Salvador depicting scale of volcanoes and valleys in Central America’s... More 

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Port St Lucie, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Stopped here briefly with a tour group. It was late, and the museum was closed, but we were told it pretty much tells the story of the Civil War (1980-92) from the military's point of view (rightist). Outside there is a huge topographical model of the entire country, so you get a good sense of how volcanic it is.

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Historical exhibits from the recent and not too recent past. Also a large map of El Salvador that gives you an interesting perspective of the country.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Its supposed to be a millitary museun how ever there are not interesting things here. For me and in my opinion its boring.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There is some El Salvador military history in the museum; however, overall was not all that impressed.

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I'm usually a big history fan, but really wasn't that impressed by this place. It is mostly uniforms on maniquins, guns, military vehicles, and walls of portraits in cheap frames. Maybe I was missing out because I'm not a Spanish speaker, but you very much have to know what you're looking at to get much value out of it. Still,... More 

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Poway, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This museum offers the counterpoint perspective to that of the guerillas during El Salvador's recent civil war. It features some nice display rooms, with extensive pro-American exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

When I heard we were visiting a military museum, I wasn't thrilled - tanks & trucks aren't my thing. But lo and behold, this museum has an excellent and very large relief map of El Salvador outside the museum's entrance. And inside there is "el papamovil", the Salvadoran-built pope-mobile!

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is an interesting museum for the history of the military in El Salvador and their work as part of UN troops. I especially enjoyed seeing their Pope-mobile (has visited twice) and the huge typographic map of El Salvador.

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