General Archive of the Spanish Civil War

General Archive of the Spanish Civil War, Salamanca

General Archive of the Spanish Civil War

General Archive of the Spanish Civil War
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Larry C
4,316 contributions
Archives documenting a critical period of Spanish history
Oct 2019
This 'museum' on the Spanish Civil War holds vital records from this period of Spanish history and about the regime of General Franco.
I was unable to fully appreciate the numerous photographs, posters and documents because the majority of the explanations were only in Spanish.
I did not understand the amount of space dedicated to the freemasons until subsequently reading about their situation during the war and through to 1979.
Written December 3, 2019
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HaroldsMaude
St Paul, MN393 contributions
Free way to explore more about the Spanish Civil War
Jun 2019 • Couples
Artifacts, posters, letters, and other paraphernalia from the Civil War offered with English explanation (via handy laminated cards) and covered in several rooms. This isn't a huge museum, mind you, but more of an exhibition. I very much enjoyed it and learned more about the war. I am a fan of Guernica by Picasso and enjoyed seeing the replication done from black and white photographs of the war. The documents of refugees and propaganda from the Nationalist and the Republicans were particularly meaningful. All for free. Definitely a worthy stop to learn more about this fascinating country's political, social and military history.
Written June 13, 2019
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Milanoman2810
Denia, Spain553 contributions
A little disapointing
May 2019 • Couples
We were looking forward to visiting this museum as we never got around to it last time. The layout was good with lots of documents and little if any explanation . It would be better to have a tourist radio so you can listen to a guide as you pass the different documents
A good part was the Masonic area that covered all the degrees and some very old memorabilia along with a set out temple.
Another upside is there is no charge for entry
Written May 23, 2019
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Mary A
10 contributions
Thought provoking
May 2019 • Couples
One of the most interesting aspects of my visit to Salamanca. It details the events of the civil war in a way that can be easily understood.
Written May 17, 2019
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JonJG
Kent, UK68 contributions
Interesting but stayed on the fence
Mar 2019 • Couples
An interesting look at the civil war but tries too hard to be neutral. Some good exhibits but little translation to English.
Written March 13, 2019
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Lucy995
Winslow, UK20 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2018 • Couples
A fascinating place. Lots of information has been archived for this very sad event. It was very interesting to read so much.
Written September 15, 2018
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EllisRP
Boston, MA15 contributions
OK Exhibit needs more in English
Mar 2018
As others have noted, this archive could use more signage and an audio tour in English. But at least it is a start. Spain is so intent on not remembering the atrocious events of the Spanish Civil war (on both sides) that it was refreshing to see some material on the war and its negative sides. Side by side exhibits show both the Republican and Francoist propaganda, along with key paintings, art, and memorabilia. What was new to us was seeing detailed Spanish documents on the numbers of Italian and German military forces on the Francoist side, and the interesting exhibit about how Masons were lumped in with communists and Jews as evil citizens to be eliminated. It was all very blatant in the posters and other material. The maps of the territory changes during the war were as good as we have seen. It also makes clear the extent of German and Italian involvement. Ignoring that would be like thinking of the Iraq war without mentioning the US and Soviet involvement.

The English documentation, which consisted of two sides of a piece of cardboard with a sentence telling you what each display was trying to show, is clearly inadequate by modern museum standards, but at least it was a start. We were not actually planning to visit the museum (since the tours in Madrid and Barcelona are so much more informative) but did because it was raining. I gave it a 4 stars so that more people will at least consider going.Worthwhile if you are into history and the Spanish Civil War.

One plus sign is that it was packed with Spanish high school students who were taking a field trip there. Some were even reading the material. Perhaps at least they will take interest in this important event that is still affecting Spanish current events.
Written March 29, 2018
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MartinPowellOxford
Oxford, UK15 contributions
Really interesting if you have some Spanish
Sep 2017 • Friends
This is not a museum as one might expect but a selection of Spanish Civil War documents from the building's official government archives. These cover specific aspects of the war such as propaganda, official orders, identity cards, refugee dispersals and internment. It also contains an exhibition of artefacts relating to Freemasonry. The mock-up of a Freemasons lodge was created in Franco's era and was to be used as propaganda against Freemasonry (although it was never used in this way) and it's included as an example of propaganda (I guess). There are brief explanation cards in English but all the documentation is in Spanish. You won't find typical war museum memorabilia here - no guns, no tanks nor uniforms. Neither will you find general descriptions of the causes or events of the civil war. If you can understand Spanish and already know something about the civil war it's well worth a visit. Otherwise you might be disappointed.
Written September 13, 2017
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rogue2009
Berlin, Germany48 contributions
Poor exhibition and very dissatisfying
Aug 2017 • Couples
In one of the cities Francism was first introduced it is below an accetable level of any studies. O.K. some pieces are shown. Mostly a comparison between Francism and Republicans by showcasas. But is it that? This country still can do a lot to analyse and learn ant teach what is good and what is bad.
Written August 31, 2017
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KlausVolpert
Wayne, PA2 contributions
Read Wikipedia instead
Jul 2017 • Solo
The good part is that it is free, and the temperature is comfortable. But aside from a poorly written 2-page English introduction, everything is in Spanish. One sees some historic propaganda posters, some pictures whose significance i could mostly not make out. A film in spanish is shown, but again I could not glean anything from it.
The museum is tiny, and even if i could speak Spanish, I can't imagine that it goes into any kind of depth on the complicated history of the Civil war.
The officials at the desk do not speak enough English to even point me to the nearest rest room. Again it is free, and you won't feel cheated. But it is a waste of time, and 15 minutes spent on Wikipedia will teach you much more about the Spanish Civil war.
Written July 12, 2017
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