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Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias

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Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
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+57 5 6644570
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This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish...

This site is now a museum focusing on Cartagena's role in the Spanish Inquisition.

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Interesting story but...

A very small but interesting museum, not very expensive and located in the corner of the museum area in from of Bolivar Plaza/square . The story covers the catholic inquisition... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Angela P
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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117 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It seemed there were several themes to this museum, at least I think there were. There aren't a lot of English signs, so I guess I can only guess. A few of the displays were interesting, but most were not. I'm honestly not sure if being able to understand Spanish would have helped. I will say that the building that... More 

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Solihull, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expensive to enter and with very few worthwhile exhibits. I am glad we didn't pay for a guide on top of this!! The only thing worthwhile was going upstairs out onto the balconies where you can get some nice views and photos over the square and surrounding streets.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who knew the Inquisition spread to the new world, with Holy Offices in Lima, Mexico City, and Cartagena? Obviously, people who visited this museum. We also learned that the head of the Holy Office took precedence over the governor. At least until Independence in 1811.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to this however my experience was very disappointing. The exhibit signs are mostly in Spanish and there is limited translation to English, probably only about 20% of the information in Spanish was translated to English. At the end of the tour I made my feedback known to the staff and they told me that other... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very small but interesting museum, not very expensive and located in the corner of the museum area in from of Bolivar Plaza/square . The story covers the catholic inquisition effects in the population of Colonial Colombia and the slave trade. It is a very small museum with poor displays and several empty rooms... Disappointed ...

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Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is true that there are many untranslated displays, and that is why you need a guide. Choose Angel, if he is available, and he will make your visit very worthwhile. He is so knowledgeable, thoughtful, and candid about the museum and Colombian history, you will get a lot from the museum. If you aren't willing to spend an extra... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend 2 nice hours here. The museum has an interesting collection but it seems to be a little unfocused. It covers many subjects but none of them in depth. The building itself is interesting as well and behind the museum is a quiet court yard where you can enjoy the shade on a hot day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

A good example of colonial architecture with a gateway topped with the Spanish coat of arms. Now a museum housing pre Columbian pottery, historical objects including art, furniture, weapons and instruments of torture dating from the time of the inquisition.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Interesting history, and fairly informative if you can read Spanish. If you can't however, then a guide is necessary, as was the case for some in our group. No way around it if you want the full shebang. All in all, good way to kill an hour and learn a bit about Cartagena's past.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Very disappointed in the lack of English translations at the exhibits. I'd say 1 in 5 of the explanations at various artifacts or displays had English translations in addition to Spanish. It was marketed differently. You will need to hire a local guide to give you a tour if you want to learn about the exhibits and history.

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