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Cultural Center of Ensenada

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Address: Ensenada, Mexico
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+52 646 176 4310

Housed in an old casino, this center contains space to be rented out for...

Housed in an old casino, this center contains space to be rented out for public events, but also has a natural history museum that can be seen for US$1.

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Charming and historic building

Used as an event location for locals, this charming building is what's left from a prohibition casino and hotel complex for north Americans. Well worth a gander. Don't miss the... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2016
Mill Valley, California
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Ensenada, Mexico
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Visiting the Riviera Hotel and Casino is a must while you are there. The museum is not very interesting, but the price is pretty cheap anyway. I think it cost around 2 dollars per person. So it's worth it just to walk around more of the old hotel and casino. The exhibits are outdated and need to be renovated.

Thank JBMW002
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58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2016

The building it beautiful and the history is colorful. Definitely didn't need a lot of time here to appreciate it for what it is. Never fails with vendors waiting for you, but their margarita was good!

Thank Ann C
Mill Valley, California
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Used as an event location for locals, this charming building is what's left from a prohibition casino and hotel complex for north Americans. Well worth a gander. Don't miss the original casino room rotunda with it's fantastic ceiling or the stunning wall paintings in the reception room just off of that painted by an artist who influenced muralist Diego Rivera.... More 

2 Thank scottderrick
Woodstock, Canada
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26 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2016

we went with the tour from the cruise ship. What a surprise. The architecture was stunning, history amazing and the best margarita ever. Don't just take my word for it try one. its free with the tour and you can buy one for 3 USD. There is a little market outside. The venders will negotiate

1 Thank michael m m
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46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2016

We didnt plan to stop here, we where driving by and decided to stop for exploring the place and take some pictures because the place looked pretty (we didnt know it was a cultural center). what a pleasant surprise! the guard took us on a tour around the place, explaining that once it was a famous hotel, big Mexican and... More 

1 Thank Cynthia M
Ensenada, Mexico
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2015

When my husband and I first landed in Ensenada, we really were not very interested in attending the Cultural Center (CEARTE.) But nudging and invitations from friends helped us experience a wealth of great performances. Jazz concerts on the outdoor stage, dancers on the platform under the canopy and performances inside the building. Jazz concerts, beautiful dancers, Ensenada orchestra, performances... More 

2 Thank Marianne D
Ensenada, Baja California
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81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2015

The cultural center has a nice little museum that for a couple bucks donations. It used to be a hang out from Frank Sinatra and friends. The grounds are beautiful, you will often see wedding photos being taken. they also have frequent special events, we prefer the 'foodie' ones, great place to stroll around and enjoy the fresh sea air... More 

2 Thank RCrider
Great Falls, United States
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61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2015

We visited the center on a carnival cruise over the 4th of July. It has a very interesting history. One of the stories our tour director said. Was that is the home of the margarita maybe it is maybe it is not. We had the Mexican Coca Cola made with cane sugar. It was a nice treat on a hot... More 

Thank Darren B
Loveland, Colorado
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2015

Visited the cultural center on a shore excursion off a Disney cruise ship. We would have liked to spend more time there. We were fascinated by the history of this place as a spot built so Americans could have a place to drink alcohol during the Prohibition Era.

2 Thank Skylynx
Puget Sound in Washington
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148 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2015

Yes, I would recommend, especially if you are interested in the culture and history of Ensenada and the Mexican peoples. It's a small museum, within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal, less than 45 minutes to see if you take time to read the history. Much is in Spanish, but there are interpretation books available and much has both... More 

2 Thank Lynette F

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