Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The old Customs Building was built in 1638 as a counting house for the treasures plundered by the Spanish from the Americas. More than two hundred soldiers protected this building. Today the building serves as a local museum. I took a few photos of the exterior of the building, which included a couple story boards and a canon.

Between 1739-1742, Edward Vernon attacked Portobelo and destroyed the three forts. The customs building remained intact during these attacks. A couple years later, in 1744, William Kinghills attacked the now defenseless town, and destroyed the customs building and many homes. The restored building today is a reminder of the importance of this small town and it's past glory. f you have time, the museum should be visited, as it will provide additional information on the history of the town.
Written 2 July 2023
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Dave
Canada483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was very interesting to check out the museum and the old fort. It would be nice if it were fully restored, but still it's very interesting to learn about the history of the area.
Written 13 January 2020
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Schipblack
Playa Coronado, Panama166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
One of the first, or is the first levy house. The video is not to be missed and is an excellent UNESCO film. Interesting artifacts in the same room. Cross over the archway to the museum which is small. Neat to see the canon balls that the pirates lobbed at each other. I am happy that some preservation is starting to happen here.
Written 10 July 2018
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solsenz
Beaverton269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
What a great place! cannons from the 1600s. Pirates! Captain Morgan! You can picture the fights between the Spanish and others. A great historical place that is truly amazing. The museum has hints of the past and to walk around a place that was trying to protect itself with cannons is amazing. What a spot!
Written 6 May 2018
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This museum is currently undergoing a major renovation, so there were only 2 rooms open. One room offered a variety of historical guns, swords, and other weapons - many were elaborately decorated. The other room had several display cases ranging from gorgeous costumes to miniature displays of the forts as they would have looked before being abandoned. The museum also offers a short video (in either Spanish or English) and can be played upon request. Didn't learn much from watching it that we didn't already know by this point in our trip.
Written 10 April 2018
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CobaltRage
San Antonio, TX32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
This museum does a good job of highlighting the history of this monumentally historical place. Visiting here first will give you a much better grasp of what you are looking at as you tour the rest of the Spanish Colonial era forts in the surrounding area. The town is well off the beaten path but for history buffs or those who just like to get away from the crowds, it is worth the effort to get there.
Written 4 June 2017
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morenergy
Freeport, Canada205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Also Ensure you go to the Old Forts there are 2 one coming into Town and the Other adjacent to this Building .Very interesting place to visit. There is tremendous history in Portobelo. This is where the gold and silver were housed traveling to and from the Camino Real. Check out the history online before you visit, so you will really get a feel of the magnitude that was housed here and the historical significance of Portobelo.And How the Pirates Pillage and Robbed them !!
Written 25 February 2017
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William H
Houston, TX120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This is a very interesting place to visit. There is tremendous history in Portobelo. This is where the gold and silver were housed traveling to and from the Camino Real. Check out the history online before you visit, so you will really get a feel of the magnitude that was housed here and the historical significance of Portobelo.
Written 6 February 2017
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Diana H
Pittsburgh, PA231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
It is a bit of a ride to get to Portobelo but the Customs House and Museum are great. Although small, the video and museum give you a great overview of the commerce and colorful characters that passed through this port. Visit the Iglesia de San Felipe to see the Black Jesus as well.
Written 4 January 2017
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HappyGoblin
Winchester, UK130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
This grand old building is really the central point in the town. The only big grand old building. Downstairs is the museum, but it is well worth going up to the first floor. The scale is imposing and there is a great view over the harbour from the extremely high columned balcony.
Written 30 October 2016
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