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Military Museum El Zapote Barracks

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Address: Cuartel el Zapote | Barrio San Jacinto, San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone Number: 503-2250-0000

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Poway, California
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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Unfortunately the museum itself was closed when we visited as part of a city tour, but we were able check out the giant relief map of El Salvador. That is well worth a stop even if the museum isn't open. The political maps can't convey how rugged this beautiful country is.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We only had a quick visit here but some of the men in our groupwould have preferred to stay longer as there were so many "boys toys " to see (tanks ,guns canons, army vehicles etc) This wasn't really for me,but is a must for those who are interested in military history and schools use it for visits a lot.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We really enjoyed this museum and it was free to get in. We walked there from town which took about 45 minutes, but a pleasant enough walk, we went down Madrid rather than 20 Agosto which is much easier - or a taxi costs $5. The highlight is the pope-mobile and the 3D map of El Salvador outside the museum.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I enjoy military history, so while I liked this museum I realize it may not be for everyone. But the museum also has two non-military exhibits that make this a worthwhile trip for anyone. For one, it has a real Pope Mobile - they have the vehicle that Pope John Paul II rode in during his papal visit in 1993.... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

It was fascinating to tour this museum, and register that, from the Army's point of view, they were the good guys. What visitors need to know is what actually happened during the incredibly tragic civil war between social activists trying to disestablish the oligarchy, and the protectors of the status quo. Of course, many innocent civilians got caught in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

You can see all the military history, things that have change a lot in time, and a good part of the war history of El Salvador

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

The museum was an interesting mix of military equipment from around the world - depending of course on which side of the civil war was represented. Our guide was drafted into the army at 15 years old and provided an excellent insight into the war and history. I found the museum very interesting. It also included a large relief map... More 

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