Municipal Archaeological Museum of Cartagena

Cartagena, Spain

The Municipal Archaeological Museum of Cartagena is the institution dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, study and exhibition of objects related to archeology in the municipality of Cartagena. Founded in 194 , the museum brought together the old collections in an old building in the Plaza de Juan XXIII, especially epigraphic ones, which were already in the possession of the city council since the 16th and 17th centuries .

With the discovery in 1967 of the San Antón necropolis , the director of the Pedro San Martín museum proposed to the city council the construction of the new headquarters of the Archaeological Museum around the site to allow its conservation in situ.

The consistory would manage the subsequent acquisition of the land and the cost of the museum refurbishment works of what would be the new Archaeological Museum, inaugurated quite late in 1982.


In the exhibition of the materials, a didactic criterion has been followed, cataloging the materials with a chronological sense on the first floor and another, monographic, on deposits and exhibitions on the second, leaving the necropolis as the main site in the center , being able to observe from all points along the route of the permanent exhibition.

The exhibited materials range from the Middle Paleolithic to practically the present day, although since it is a city like Cartagena in which the Romanization process was felt so much, the remains belonging to this period are precisely the most numerous and best presented. Of them, the collection of Latin epigraphy stands out, along with ceramics, architectural, sculptural, construction, mining, trade, etc. elements, all reflecting the different historical stages of the ancient world through which the city passed.

The archaeological excavations that are regularly carried out in the urban area, under which the old Carthago Nova is located, provide not only materials for the museum , but also important information about the history of Cartagena . To cover this important task, the museum has attached facilities equipped with work rooms, a library, workshops, and photographic and restoration laboratories. This museum is located within a route called 'the night of the museums', which takes place in the city of Cartagena, where on that night, access to the museum facilities is allowed completely free of charge.



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Founded: 1943
Category: Museums in Spain

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Caspar Dechmann (16 months ago)
The name of the museum is a bit misleading: This is just one of several archaeological museums in the city and certainly not the best one. It lacks real highlights and seems a bit worn and the staff not very motivated. The best thing is the visible necropolis. And it is for free!
Himal Dahal (2 years ago)
Very good place to visit to know about old historical things.
Andy Wallace (2 years ago)
Free to get in and very friendly staff. A bit of a walk out of town. The woman guide is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and speaks very good Englsh. Bit of a walk out of town but worth it.
Andreja Sweeney (3 years ago)
Wonderful history, staff ready to inform you and answer any question. For archaeology fans very interesting and enjoyable
tim adamson (3 years ago)
Excellent place to visit & Free
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