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Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias

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Address: Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 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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Inquisition Museum

We understood that this museum was called the Inquisition Museum, which may be off-putting for many people, therefore it is also called the Historical Museum. It is actually full... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ruth A
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Kfar Yona, HaMerkaz, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok for rainy day, day when heat is not sweltering because it is almost as warm inside as outside. The descriptions are interesting although not sure kids should see it. Unlike similar museum in Spain it is not too gruesome. I just don't think it is that interesting.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You pay some $8 per person, the so called inquisition rooms are of marginal interest only, but the exhibits and the state of the rooms in the upper floors are appallingly low key. No concept, no soul, no fun.

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Thank HajoL
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with family. Young boys wanted to see Torture devices but ended go learning a lot about history of Cartegena, intolerance and exclusion and religious persecution. Able to echo current political crises in modern times.

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Thank Jonathan K
New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly not Cartagena. This for me was the most interesting part of this museum, the exhibit on the Spanish inquisition, and the major role of Cartagena. You will also get a good bit of Cartagena's history from the exhibit. Great displays, audio visuals, including a short animated film narrating a history. Bilingual displays and notations. The entrance is free and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I been in this museum a few times before, it was called "Palacio de la Inquisición"/ inquisition palace. And it was a reminder of what Spanish priests did during that period, they used to have the instruments of torture, now there isn't anything of that, my guess is that the new admin doesn't want people to know what their faith... More 

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Kfar Yona, HaMerkaz, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We understood that this museum was called the Inquisition Museum, which may be off-putting for many people, therefore it is also called the Historical Museum. It is actually full of the sadistic and cruel instruments used on people who were different from the mainstream. Upstairs was an amazing exhibition of photographs of body painting. This was fascinating and the best... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum isn't bad, but you definitely want to hire a guide (they have several just inside). I had a very knowledgable guide who spoke excellent English, and told me a LOT more than the descriptions or displays presented (like how pressure from Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI forced the museum to remove most of the displays describing... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We payed the fee of $40.000 COP and it was the worst use of both our time and money, a so called turisttrap. Of course the museum told something about the history of Cartagena, but only in spanish, and they had nothing worth seeing. My advice would be to use your time in the old city of Cartagena on all... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice building. No artefacts. Nothing special. Very expensive. Very little information in english. Very expensive. Waste of money and time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On vacation with my brother he wanted to visit gold Museum, which is just across the square/ I talked him into visiting Museo Historico. Wow what a museum, all about the original people , how the lived. Very informative. Excellent. Go visilt. P.S. We did take a private tour with a bilingual tour guide. Well worth it. Told us all... More 

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