Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena

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Put your stomach to the test with a morbid journey through the murderous history of Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, once the headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition in Cartagena. You can see replicas of torture instruments and imagine the horror faced by victims, many of whom were accused, with little or no evidence, of blasphemy or witchcraft. Despite the famous history of the building and its incredible tourism potential, many guests leave underwhelmed thanks to poor organization and a lack of signage in English. With our online itinerary creator, Cartagena attractions like Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias Reviews
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  • October 3, 2017
    Exhibition but missed on draft. Most disturbing was that the English translation to Spanish or not next to random info. Often, however, failed as a result of which we had no idea what was about. The Inquisition torture suggested. Above was still a nice exhibition on Cartagena itself, but also sometimes failed an English translation here. Sloppy and no respect to your customers. Skip I'd say!
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  • October 1, 2017
    The facilities are neglected, one hopes with what come to inlet to keep well the building and exhibition. Poor sample, disorganized.
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  • September 26, 2017
    Interesting Museum with the history of Cartagena and the Inquisition. There's no guide for the Museum, only 1 audio guide that needs to take headphones ... like we didn't have, we were approached by 1 tab, Mahmoud, who was excellent in the explanations. Worth knowing!
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  • July 1, 2017
    Excellent museum. If you enjoy history, this is a must stop. Most of the exhibits have English and Spanish.
  • June 20, 2017
    History of nasty Catholic church inquisitions​, instruments used for tortures, detailed accounts, a must to visit. Senior discounts.
  • July 12, 2017
    Beautiful but not for children! In my opinion not for children, strong images, films and artifacts of cruel Inquisition times.
  • November 29, 2016
    I was expecting a lot more, no torture chambers and devices except pictures. The one bizarre thing for which you fork out money is their walking wifi connected guide. Their attempt at humor which I might have excused but for the totally inept and mistimed guided tour. Do not buy this. There was a guillotine and a hanging site. Pics attached.
  • March 24, 2017
    So only about 20% of the stuff is translated in English. So not really worth it unless you have a guide. Therefore don't think the entry fee is worth it for a non-spanish speaker.

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