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. By using our Cartagena vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias and other attractions in Cartagena.
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  • Found this museum and thought it would give me some background to Cartagena. However there were no signs in English and there was no coherent flow to the exhibits, just a series of rooms in no particu...  more »
  • 6€ each to walk through the museum and then take in the view. You then notice you can see it all for free from the side and from the top. But never mind, the little film we watched in the museum was f...  more »
  • I think this place is underrated. Its a Unique type of Museum, Unique in the Americas. Its true its a short walk, small museum in term of artifacts but the ones that are there are VERY INTERESTING. an...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent air conditioned museum with several exhibits. The English text is helpful for those whose Spanish is less than fluent. A good place to spend part of your afternoon
  • Here's a comprehensive overview of Cartagena's and Colombia's history in both English and Spanish. The entry fee is reasonable and the exhibits top notch.
  • Nice museum, beautiful colonial house. Not a ton of English descriptions, should have gotten the audio guide.