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Military Museum El Zapote Barracks

Cuartel el Zapote | Barrio San Jacinto, San Salvador, El Salvador
503-2250-0000
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Ranked #17 of 27 Attractions in San Salvador
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Mexico City, Mexico
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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120 reviews 120 reviews
64 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
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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266 attraction reviews
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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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San Salvador
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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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3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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San Salvador, El Salvador
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

The museum has some very interesting items, the only problem was that the collection was rather limited. Do visit if you are in the area and want to learn about El Salvador's military history, though most is dedicated to the more recent Civil War, so if you're into Cold War scenarios this may make your visit a tad more interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2008

I toured this museum one afternoon while in San Salvador. There was an air force museum across the street but it was closed at the time. I really found this museum interesting because it had a lot of equipment that was used in El Salvador's civil war. Since the country has troops serving in Iraq, it had a special section... More

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