Museo Naval Del Caribe

Museo Naval Del Caribe, Cartagena

Museo Naval Del Caribe
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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AZTraveller
Tucson, AZ168 contributions
Dec 2021
A nice place to walk around and look at the exhibits for an hour. An English speaking guide was not available so we did it on our own. I do not speak Spanish so couldn't read the signs. This museum should not be a high priority if you only have limited time in Cartagena. But it was interesting.
Written January 18, 2022
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Cam8880
Jensen Beach, FL482 contributions
Feb 2020
We stopped here trying to find the entrance to the beautiful Cathedral which apparently only opens a 6 pm for mass. We like museums so decided on Plan B. The ticket agent was nice enough to tell us upfront that all the exhibits are in Spanish...no English! Thinking that it wouldn't made much sense to see anything with our limited Espanol we were backing out of going when we were told we could hire a guide. Miguel was a fabulous history teacher and cheap besides! He spirited us thru the tired display cases with stories of privateer pirates and invading nations. Who would have ever thought that George Washington's oldest brother Lawrence was involved in Cartagena politics? The City has much history to claim and we learned about battles from both the sea and cholera. The former school that stands also near the premises was turned into a hospital during sieges. The courtyard remains a cemetery for souls departed along with a display naval anchors. Upstairs in the museum houses more modern naval craft. They are also in the process of building a to-scale galleon vessel. The displays are not much in this hands on techie world, but we had the most interesting hour learning history with Miguel!!!! There is also some fine bronze sculptures by Enrique Grau in the courtyard that will put a smile on your face!
Written February 19, 2020
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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT2,988 contributions
Jan 2020
The building is uniquely located on a base of rock blocks. It is located in one corner of the Old City Wall with interesting rounded top walls and large gun bunker turret at the corner.

BOTTOM LINE: Time did not permit us to visit inside the museum but outside provided us with some cool photo spots. In front of the museum entry is a statue of Admiral Jose Padilla who was a decorated Colombian Navel hero. Loved seeing the city wall at this site which is different with other sections. The location is very near the sea. Good photo stop. MY RATING: 8/10.
Written January 16, 2020
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Larry T
Milford, DE553 contributions
Mar 2020
The Naval Museum was a stop on our Princess excursion of Cartagena. Before going into the museum we were taken to an area where several native dances were performed. The museum itself is one very large room. There are models and exhibits but nearly everything is in Spanish. If you don't know Spanish you won't get much on your own. Our tour guide did explain some things for us. Overall I was not impressed with the museum or the way it was laid out. It may be of interest to someone who is really into naval history.
Written March 18, 2020
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afinetraveler
Washington DC, DC764 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum is not as bad as others in the city, but it’s still in need of updating. In the 21st century, people want all of their senses stimulated when they visit a museum. Unfortunately this museum does not do that. I imagine this museum was quite nice when it opened, but times have changed and the museum has not.
Written February 10, 2020
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EvanGuthrie
Charleston, SC7,651 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Museo Naval Del Caribe is a cool museum in a historical building that offers a lot of cool exhibits. I like learning about the history and culture here. The pirate exhibits were my favorite part as you can get educated on the different historical pirates. I enjoyed this museum and the memorable experience it offered.
Written January 29, 2020
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Louis P
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The museum is small and boring. Although the building itself is nice, they have absolutely no interesting items. The only thing you will see is large panels in Spanish explaining disorderly 3 centuries of naval history.
The upper part of the museum is mainly dedicated to modern marine but again with no items except a few uniforms from the 2000s.
Written January 29, 2020
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Jaga_13
Florida30 contributions
Dec 2019
Little I knew about Cartagena's history before entering this museum. It's not big but well organized with a lot of good images and graphs. Especially, if you are traveling with kids this is a place to stop. My husband truly enjoyed the possibility to enter a submarine and pretend that it was a real one. After a visit I learned about the Caribbean history too. It is definitely a good place to give yourself a change that history is alive. Have a great discovery time!
Written January 4, 2020
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Amberlovestravel
Huntington, WV276 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
It does not take much time and you can do a self guided or a a guide tour. There is a lot to see..a bunch of history and it is well-designed and laid out. My son is a history buff and we always find places for him to see. It did not disappoint. It is centrally-located and easy and walkable, does not cost much to visit.
Written March 28, 2019
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WeylandFamily
Toronto, Canada245 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We visited the naval museum on our last day in Cartagena with our three kids (10, 8 and 4 years old) as we were killing time before going to the airport. The museum was very informative – we learned a ton about the history of both Cartagena as a port, but also other important ports throughout the Caribbean.

Upstairs they have a modern exhibit with some interactive areas – artillery, submarine, etc. – which our kids found entertaining. We learned a lot about Colombia’s naval involvement globally, most of which we had never heard of before.

Definitely recommend this museum for anyone that has interest in history, ships and naval forces.
Written July 11, 2017
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