Cartagena Naval Museum

Cartagena, Spain

The Cartagena Naval Museum is a military museum near the city port of Cartagena. It presents exhibitions related to naval construction.  The museum was opened in 1986. It has been moved to a new headquarters in the city's seafront, in the former Maritime Instruction Headquarters, a historical building from the mid-eighteenth century that was constructed by the military engineer Mateo Vodopich. The building is in front of the Botes Basin. Since its construction in 1786, it has been the State Penitentiary Center (1824), Presidio (1910), and after the Spanish Civil War Barracks for the Instruction of Sailors. Following the agreement signed in 2005 by the Ministry of Defense, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, the use of the building is shared between the university and naval museum. The space dedicated to the museum is in the southern half of the ground floor of the building.

The collection, made up of more than 3,000 items, offers a journey through the history of the Navy in the city of Cartagena and is divided into the thematic areas like naval construction, navigation, naval artillery and portable weapons etc. 

In 2013, the museum is expanded with the inauguration of the Isaac Peral Room in the old Arsenal Boiler Workshop. After the rehabilitation of the ship, the Peral Submarine is moved from the promenade to undertake its restoration and guarantee its adequate exhibition to the public, becoming the main piece of the museum. In the same space, the Isaac Peral Legacy is exhibited, which contextualizes the important contribution of the Cartagena sailor to scientific and military history.



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Founded: 1986
Category: Museums in Spain


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Giz Gizmo (9 months ago)
Excellent museum however what is it with public services in Spain . No toilets and then they ask for a donation . Here’s a tip use the tips to build nice clean services for visitors .
Carolyn Bowen (11 months ago)
A fantastic, very interesting place to visit. Free entry, although donations are welcomed.
ROYSTON ROGERS (12 months ago)
Brilliant and free to veterans and about €7 for others lots bigger than it looks and has a shop which sells all sorts of stuff. Thank you will come again.
Paul Clarke (20 months ago)
Great museum. Was nice to see the submarine & the history behind it all.
Richard Benham (2 years ago)
A tad on the small size, but its free to enter, some nice exbhits to look at.
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