Museums

Historical Military Museum of Cartagena

The Museo Histórico Militar de Cartagena (Historical Military Museum of Cartagena) is a military museum dedicated to Spanish Army History. It was designed by the architect Mateo Vodopich and built between 1777 and 1786. It’s home to Spain’s largest artillery collection of the 20th century, the largest ammunition collection in Spain, and holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest miniature collection.

Cartagena Naval Museum

The Cartagena Naval Museum is a military museum that presents exhibitions related to naval construction. It’s a subsidiary of the Naval Museum of Madrid. The original building was built under the direction of the architect Lorenzo Ros in 1926. Some of its notable objects include a copy of a Catalan Atlas of 1450 and a copy of the Letter of Christopher Columbus of 1492.

National Museum of Subacuum Archeology “ARQUA”

This excellent, attractive space delves into the depths of the fascinating world of underwater archaeology. It starts off by explaining the work of those delvers in the deep and then sails on into the maritime history and culture of the Mediterranean. There’s lots of old pots, flashy lights, buttons to press, films to watch and a replica Phoenician trading ship to marvel over.

Museum of the Roman Theater of Cartagena

This impressive complex was designed by top Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The tour transports visitors from the initial museum on Plaza del Ayuntamiento, via escalators and an underground passage beneath the ruined cathedral, to the recently restored Roman theatre dating from the 1st century BC. The layout of the museum is minimalist, taking you back through Cartagena’s fascinating layers of urban history with a careful selection of statuary, pottery and other artefacts.

Museum – Refuge of the Civil War

Cartagena, as base of the Republican fleet and with an important arms industry, was the target of heavy bombing during the Spanish Civil War. This atmospheric air-raid shelter dug into the castle hill, one of many that protected the city’s citizens, brings back those days with personal testimonies, posters, good Spanish-English information and a Charlie Chaplin clip.

Municipal Archeological Museum

The archeological museum is a fascinating place to visit as its actually constructed around the archaeological site of a burial necropolis which was in use for approximately 400 years from the 3rd to 7th century. The museum has one of the largest collections of funerary epigraphs in Spain. Besides this, the museum displays mining tools, ceramics, and Roman sculpture.

I’m keen on history, for that reason I love Cartagena. This city has 2.000 years of history. Its blend of modernity and tradition makes Cartagena a unique city. UPCT has buildings with historic classrooms and places reserved to students.

Giulia Gambuzzi,
Italy