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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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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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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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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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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