National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology

Cartagena, Spain

The National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology (Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática - ARQVA) in Cartagena is an underwater archaeology museum. It owns a large collection of pieces recovered from shipwrecks that begins in the Phoenician period, and arrives until the 19th century.

On December 2, 2012, the 14.5 tons cargo of gold and silver coins recovered from the wreck of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes was deposited in the museum for cataloging, study and permanent display.



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Founded: 1980
Category: Museums in Spain


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Zahraa Ziad (5 months ago)
very nice museum and friendly staff the lady who give the ticket speaks english & the museum enterance saturday afternoon and sunday is free..highly recommended for families with kids and all other ages
Patryk Jezierski (5 months ago)
Great museum with lot of informations, friendly staff and most importantly English subtitles.
CJ (6 months ago)
Dissapointingly few things to see. Could be toured in 15 minutes. The entrance at least was free.
HistoryNeedsYou (9 months ago)
This marine archaeology museum in Cartagena is superb. Amazing artefacts from Phœnician , Roman, Byzantine, Moorish and Spanish wrecks, all incredibly well preserved and conserved. A set of Roman slingshot bullets looked like they were freshly cast, as were ingots of lead, tin and bronze. A big set of very large Roman anchor stocks were a great surprise as they were all well preserved lead castings too. A modern, stylish and very well presented museum. Level access throughout.
Tanya Ulibaykina (15 months ago)
Super museum! ⭐⭐⭐ I really liked the idea of ​​combining a visit to the museum with a quest. For children to look for superheroes in different locations and win prizes. The children are not bored and it was interesting for us to look at the exhibits. There are a lot of different eras and even interactive expositions where you can interact with different objects. ??????
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