Museo Del Teatro Romano
Museo Del Teatro Romano
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
By visiting the Museum of the Roman Theatre you will encounter one of the most surprising discoveries of the city in the last decades. Thanks to the ingenious design of the architect Rafael Moneo, you will start your tour of the Palace of Riquelme, the first building of the museum, and then follow the historical hallway located under the street to then move to the new space that collects the most emblematic pieces of all found in the excavations. Using modern stairs you will come to the second tunnel, this time is under the medieval church of Santa Maria, a construction superimposed to the old theatre which increases its uniqueness and attraction. After this, the second corridor, will take you to the most relevant part of the museum, the Roman Theatre, one of the largest in the Roman Hispania with capacity for 7,000 people.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, Connecticut240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Rome in Port City
    Enjoyed this. Interesting displays and timeline in the museum but the highlight was the Roman theater that had also been excavated (does it make you wonder how they could not know these huge buildings were below the soil?) It looks like all the movies of a Roman theater – stage of the front and Half circles of seats rising up from the stage. Pretty cool though even if it was at least half reconstructed. Lots of areas to wander around, through the various tiers. Entrance is in the main square and well posted.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 4, 2023
  • DMFTEF
    Moraira, Spain164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for your trip
    This a truly stunning place to visit. You enter via the museum which is on the Main Street with the bars and restaurants and costs €6 per adult. First part of the visit is underground with exhibits and information on the extraordinary history of the amphitheater, you then you rise by escalator to the main event. Sorry but not sure if there was a lift for wheelchair users but the main amphitheater is not suitable, in my opinion, to less abled people :( The amphitheater itself is simply stunning and you can walk around most of it to take in the breathtaking experience. Note - very rough and uneven Roman flooring and steep stone steps with no handrails …. ‘As built’ of course. I would allow about an hour to see everything then make your way to the castle up behind the amphitheater (turn left up the steps as you exit the attraction) for more stunning views …. A bit of a climb but well worth it. This is a Must visit for your trip to Cartegena.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • CapeJennifer
    Orleans, Massachusetts102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most interesting site in Cartagena
    This is definitely worth a visit! We didn’t go to the museum (we didn’t have time), but we walked all around the theatre and listened in on other tour guides to get a sense of what it was all about, and we learned a lot! We would recommend a visit to the museum or a tour if you have time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Yorkshire Lad - The Original
    York, United Kingdom1,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What did the Romans do for us?
    Sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, fresh water systems and this brilliant Ampitheatre. My advice for what it's worth, take the Panoramic lift, head up to the Castle and then view the Ampitheatre from above before entering this magnificent theatre. Hats off to the designers who create an excellent prelude of historic facts and artefacts over different levels before you enter the arena to a big fat Wow. I had to deliver the Monty Python sketch in the centre of the stage and can confirm that the acoustics are amazing even right at the back. So impressed as I was with this historic city as a whole. Well worth a couple of hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Max P
    89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go to the free part of it.
    Nice to visit if you really like ancient stuff. In the museum you can see many every-day artifacts of the roman times. You can also have a closer look at the roman theater. However, you can just go to the free entrance of the roman theater and look at it from above. You see 95% of the theater, but for free.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Theater of Carthago Nova, a Roman theater built between the 5th and 1st century BC. The builders had dedicated the site to Gaius and Lucius Caesar, grandsons of Agustus. The theater was in use until the 3rd century when, after the fall of Rome, a market was built over the theater using the stones and bricks from the Roman theater for this new construction. The market was later abandoned after a fire, but became a market again in the 6th century when the Byzantines established this area as a marketplace.

The excavation of what we saw today began in 1988 exposing yet another set of ruins, these of the Old Cathedral that had been bombed during the Spanish Civil War for the construction of the ‘Centro regional artesania’. If only ghosts could talk. Since our tour did not include the inside of the theater, our guide took us to the backside where we were able to peek at the larger area of the theater through a “back fence”. It was in this location that we saw some large murals of profiles of Roman rulers.
Written November 22, 2020
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Welltravelled1956
San Miguel de Salinas, Spain105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
What a great museum, you enter at street level opposite the City Hall and emerge into the amphitheatre via 2 other buildings. All the signage is in Spanish and English and its easy to follow the history of the site and some of the finds from the area.
We spent over 2 hours here and could easily have spent longer. We went in late September when the Roman festival was on in town. The weather was perfect for being out all day, 28C and afterwards we watched the legionnaires march through the town.
Written September 24, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,580 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Having learned from experience how to get here on my previous visit this one was a breeze! We parked at the underground car park on Alfonoso XII street and crossed the road onto the Ordonez street, keeping the park and city walls on our right. Once you are in the paved urban area you can see the sign for the museum and theatre on your right hand side.
Entrance was €6 I think and you work through the museum, slowly climbing until you exit into the theatre. The museum displays finds from the excavation as well as explaining how the theatre came to be buried and a history of the city.
The theatre itself is quite large and it is easy to get a sense of scale despite the cathedral intruding onto one part of it. Unlike some it isn't preserved well enough to be used but it does show the importance of the city and the beauty and effort the Romans put into functional public buildings.
Written March 25, 2022
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Goodison70
Wirral130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Whilst not the biggest or best preserved Roman Ampitheatre, this is really worth an hour or two of your time. The nearby museum is also worth a visit but check opening times, as they seem to change very quickly. Easy to walk around, no problems if disabled.
Written February 12, 2020
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scienceboy
New Forest National Park Hampshire, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
When we first came to the region on holiday they’d just discovered and starting to uncover this marvel from the centuries of building on top of it. It was astounding to return years later to see was it has (re) become.
The whole experience is exceptionally well put together, from the visitor centre that winds underground to the teatro itself; and magnificent it is.
Written February 18, 2020
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain619 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
First of all to get into this attraction, you need to go to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and go through the museum. We put the Roman Theatre into Google maps and it took us up steep staircases at the top of the hill where we could see the theatre perfectly, but could not get in. Having climbed all the way up, we had no real desire to go down again to buy tickets so we just looked over the fence and saw the theatre free.
Written March 15, 2022
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Host29
Milan, Italy969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
.mind that theatre can be seen also without paying entrance fee. Museum is niice but quite poor. In general I do not reccomend it. You can see the theatre (for free) and then pay if you want to walk inside it.
Written September 4, 2020
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DMFTEF
Moraira, Spain164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This a truly stunning place to visit. You enter via the museum which is on the Main Street with the bars and restaurants and costs €6 per adult. First part of the visit is underground with exhibits and information on the extraordinary history of the amphitheater, you then you rise by escalator to the main event. Sorry but not sure if there was a lift for wheelchair users but the main amphitheater is not suitable, in my opinion, to less abled people :(

The amphitheater itself is simply stunning and you can walk around most of it to take in the breathtaking experience. Note - very rough and uneven Roman flooring and steep stone steps with no handrails …. ‘As built’ of course. I would allow about an hour to see everything then make your way to the castle up behind the amphitheater (turn left up the steps as you exit the attraction) for more stunning views …. A bit of a climb but well worth it.

This is a Must visit for your trip to Cartegena.
Written July 18, 2023
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The entrance is on the plaza, and this is a fee paying place. You go through a museum and end up in the open air Roman Theatre.

If you just want to see the theatre and do not want to be in the theatre, you can take the broad stairs close to the museum entrance and find your way round. The view of theatre from the behind/above the theatre is breathtaking. Makes it really worth much more than the little climbing it involves.
Written June 11, 2020
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foulaman
Kelowna, Canada320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This Roman theatre has a modern museum that explains the history of the theatre and displays interesting artifacts from the time. You then find yourself outside in the well preserved theatre. Found and developed only in recent years. Reasonable entry fee. Location right in the heart of the city.
Written November 14, 2022
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