Museo de Historia Municipal
Museo de Historia Municipal
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World_Shopper1
London, UK183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Another Cuban wasted opportunity... This former sugar baron's palace is a gem and full of lovely architectural detailing. The entry price is 2CUC each if you promise not to take any photos (and just having a modern cellphone counts as a camera these days so I'm not sure how the museum administrators expect to police that). The 'museum' is full of locals trying to sell you tablecloths. There are a few dusty cabinets telling the history of the sugar trade but it's all a bit half-hearted, only available in Spanish and therefore a great shame. Entry to the starcase to the tower is controlled by yet another local woman trying to flog you a tablecloth. The climb to the top of the tower I found very trying as I am sadly no longer in my twenties and a bit out of shape. I'd say it's completely unsuitable for anyone who is shakey on their feet, pregnant or has a heart condition. The first flight takes you straight up to a gift shop (yawn), then you climb a rickety wooden spiral staircase with room only for one or two people going up or down (but not both as it's too narrow) which takes you to what I described on the day as a gang-plank leading to a final glorified ladder straight up to the roof. Once on the roof the views are fantastic and you can take as many photos as you like as there's no-one to stop you (!). The floor of the roof terrace feels spongey and we were convinced the whole tower sways slightly. Coming down again was farcical as there must have been around 50-60 people trying to either climb up to or climb down from the tower and no-one at all controlling the flow of people. So you had to sort of call down to the people waiting on the floor below to warn them you were on your way so that they didn't try and climb up at the same time. And don't get me started about emergency procedures because clearly there were none. It's all very disorganised and for 5 minutes' thought it needn't be IMHO. So overall it's worth 2CUC but don't expect to emerge having learned anything (unless you are armed with some good guidebooks brought from home) or indeed with any souvenirs of the Palacio because there are none to be had. Apart from memories of the view of Trinidad from the tower which are really very good indeed.
Written February 3, 2019
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Peter S
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The museum is housed in an old colonial mansion with attractive architecture. it houses artifacts from the colonial period which help to shed some light on the previous owners lives as well as the slaves that were employed on the owners plantations.
The women guards spend their time embroidering tableclothes etc and didn't really interact with us - we didn't interact with them either as we didn't want to get in to tipping them or bartering with them as we didn't want to buy anything.

You get a great view from the top of the four-storey tower after climbing three different flights of stairs, all in different styles. The view is excellent and worth the climb.
Written May 23, 2019
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MarkLinton
Tiberias, Israel119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We entered the museum in order to take in the view, and ended up enjoying the entire museum. It is housed in an old colonial home/mansion, and there are artifacts from the pre-colonial period as well as the early colonial period.
The guards are mostly women who spend their time sewing tableclothes to sell to the tourists (if you bargain with them, you can get very nice handwork for a reasonable price), but some of them also volunteered very interested info about the objects in the collection.
The high point (literally) is the view from the four-storey tower. You have to climb three different flights of stairs, each in a totally different architectural style (and each one ending in a different gift shop!) to get to the top. It's not a difficult climb and the view is excellent - the whole town and the plain to the south as far as the sea, as well as the mountains to the north.
Definitely a good place to visit while in Trinidad.
Written October 15, 2018
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gailbeachgirl
United Kingdom221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
A lot of interesting stuff to look at. Fab historical photos and interesting artifacts. Beware if you intend to walk up to the top of the tower. The stairs are quite precarious to descend.
Written April 20, 2017
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,833 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
This museum is described in the LP guidebook as 'Trinidad's showpiece museum'. So, we had high hopes when paid 2 CUCs (each) entry fee. Must have missed something, as really thought our experience could be best be described as 'underwhelming'.
One thing we did miss was the view from the top of the tower, and most reviewers rave about this. When we visited there was a big queue of people wanting to do the climb - so we gave it a miss. If we had hung around and got to enjoy the view, maybe our feelings might be a bit more positive.
The museum is housed in an old mansion, once home to one of Trinidad's richest sugar planters. It is a very impressive building, with extraordinarily high ceilings. On display in the rooms around the central courtyard is some of luxurious furniture and other belongings of the family. Some of the rooms are cohesively decorated (eg the bedroom), others less so. There is also a large kitchen that has been restored - perhaps the most impressive room of all. Unfortunately, all the signage/labelling is in Spanish. Maybe an English-speaking guide would have boosted our experience here.
In each room there was at least one 'curator'; sometimes more. Virtually all were keen to engage with us, usually with the aim of selling needlework or old coins. It didn't enhance the experience.
Written January 22, 2016
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mathes s
Huddersfield, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
It was meant to be a museum but there wasn't much I learnt from visiting this site . There was very little in English that I could read , if you can read Spanish you might get a bit more from visiting this home .
Other than the good view when you get to the top of the steep attic like steps , I was left disappointed
Written September 21, 2015
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Lucha Contra los Bandidos National Museum is worth to visit because of its great view from tower. This yellow bell tower is the most characteristic thing of the building, the only remain from the original building.
Written June 23, 2022
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cambam08
Sydney, Australia70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
we just walked in and paid our entrance fee, we asked about a guide and one came over and offered her services for just a tip. She was excellent and really explained all aspects fo the musuem to us. My husband found her english a little difficult to understand, but there was no doubting her knowledge and expertise. The climb up the tower was worth it for a view over the area.

Very interesting summary of the sugar industry in the area.
Written March 2, 2019
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susanaquerida
Vancouver, Canada448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Trinidad has many museums, so which one should you choose? This museum should be 1 of your choices because of the view at the top. admission is CUC$2. The downstairs is a partly restored mansion of a sugar baron. Restoration isn't terrific and it could use some funds to get more work done. A guide is mandatory. They expect a tip. They will point you towards the stairs, 2 rickety flights up, no passing room. At the top, you get a 360 degree view of the town and you can see to the ocean and the hills around.
Written January 26, 2019
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Juan
North Olmsted, OH288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
The museum is interesting and well preserved. It cost 3 cuc's to enter. There are some good exhibitions, from cookery items to some furniture and weapons. Unfortunately, everything is in Spanish. The best part is the tower. Do go up the tower (which is very narrow and crammed, with tiny steps), because the view of Trinidad from the top is great.
Written September 27, 2017
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