Museo Histórico de Cartagena

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Plaza de Bolivar #3-11, Cartagena, Colombia
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A good museum, which shouldn´t be missed Mar 10, 2013
Museo Histórico de Cartagena Casa de la Inquisición or the Cartagena History Museum is located in the Palacio de la Inquisicion on Plaza de Bolivar, a beautiful building, which dates back to the XVIII century. The museum was opened in 1935, which makes it the oldest museum in the city.

On the ground floor there is an exhibition about witchcraft, their remedies, and questioning of witches. After being astounded by everything in this room, the next room is even worse, the torture chamber. The Inquisitorial Prosses began with an accusation, and if the inquisition so decided, could end up sending the accused to be burned at the stake. All the different "torture tools" in this room are replicas.

On the first floor the exhibition takes you step by step through the history of the city, a history that runs parallel with the Carribean and with the history of Colombia. This also shows how the slave trade worked with all its influences on the city's present culture. The next room showes how Cartagena became the leader of the independence in Colombia. An independence, which could be celebrated on the 11th November 1811. Finally it's a simple presentation of the recent history of Cartagena.

Between the ground floor and the first floor, there is a level with a couple of exhibitions. One is interesting since it's about the building itself, its magnificent architecture and the restoration of it. A restoration, which revealed the expert carpentry used by the balconies, roofs and windows.

Cartagena History Museum is a great museum with a good mix of artifacts and explanations. The museum is just the right size and the written information is not too detailed and not too much to read. The only minus with the museum is that there is very little signage in English. They give you a little leaflet in English when you buy the ticket, but it is not even a short version. This is a shame since it's good museum.

Open Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

Admission: adults $9 and children $6
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alyssa_ob says:
Wow, that place sounds really interesting! A bit morbid, but still...
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013
sarahsan says:
I agree Brian, but it is still creepy to know that those things happened!
If you ever want to see the "real stuff" there is a torture museum in San Marino, Italy, where they have plenty!
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013
bigmac993 says:
They were some cruel people!
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013
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