Naval Museum of the Caribbean, Cartagena

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Find out whether there were really any pirates of the Caribbean at Naval Museum of the Caribbean. Inaugurated 500 years to the day after Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, the maritime history museum houses some fantastic recreations of the seafaring vessels that have braved the Caribbean over the centuries. Non-Spanish speakers beware: you won't find any English information, or an English audioguide, at the museum. You'll also feel the heat, as the museum lacks air conditioning. Use our Cartagena trip builder tool to add Naval Museum of the Caribbean and other attractions to your Cartagena vacation plans.
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  • A well-told story, but should improve the size of the text, when I was at the station nro. 10 was exhausted, endless texts, should reduce the text and enlarge the letters.
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  • This is an interesting and informational museum if you can read Spanish. Nearly all of the written descriptions are only in Spanish. Their are descriptions of the various battles that took place aroun...  more »
  • We were with a German-speaking tour guide while on the road, that but little help in the Museum. All exhibits are described only in Spanish. So there was no way in English at least ewtas to learn. The whole Museum is not to compare to museums in Europe in its presentation and style. Everything is easy and simple. Who speaks no Spanish can save the inspection from the inside.
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  • Fun place. Cool things to look at and located right down town. Price was about $5 or 10,000 cop. There is no English translation on the displays so that might be disappointing if you actually want to learn about the history of Cartagena ( I know Spanish so it wasn't a problem for me). Overall we spent about 1hr there and would definitely recommend if you are nearby.
  • Most boring and overpriced museum I've ever been to! The 2nd floor has some installations (inc my fave:the stuffed dogs head?!) but otherwise It's just reams of printed text on the wall (you must know Spanish)...much better idea is to buy a history book and read in the comfort of a cafe.
  • Lots of history! A good place to see, but a bit overpriced. The English tour guide was good but hard to understand and somewhat rushed.
  • Great museum showing the history of Cartagena, from the age of Piracy to its modern naval force. Everything's in Spanish though so knowing the language is important.
  • Best museum we visited in Colombia. We received a brief history of the city and the countries naval history. Very good diagrams and models of the city over time with good explanations of what the background history. The guides english wasn't great (if your spanish isnt great either) but made up for it with knowledge and enthusiasm.
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