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Civil War Shelters Museum

Calle Gisbert 10, 30202 Cartagena, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
+34 968 50 00 93
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A relatively small museum housed in hollowed out rock caves used to shelter the people from bombing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JCBShipley
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Shipley, United Kingdom
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Poignant and emotive reconstruction of what the Spanish Civil meant to ordinary people.

This is a favourite place to take visitors to when they come to see us in Spain. Cartagena is a... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Dennis E
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San Fulgencio, Spain
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The Civil War Shelters Museum is a space for the memory and learning about the recent history of Cartagena, which was a strategic point and primary objective of the bombing of the civil war. Going through some of its galleries and listening to the testimonies of those who took part, it is possible to discover the changes that the struggle brought to their lives and how the passive and active defence of the city was organized. The audio-visual with real images and sounds of the time makes you feel in the first person the dimension and the harshness of the war from inside one of the refuges.
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Calle Gisbert 10, 30202 Cartagena, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A relatively small museum housed in hollowed out rock caves used to shelter the people from bombing in the Spanish Civil War. Of particular interest were the newsreels of life before and during the war and the video recollections of the sufferers. Gave a good...More

Thank JCBShipley
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

This is a favourite place to take visitors to when they come to see us in Spain. Cartagena is a great city to spend time in, and the Civil War Air Raid Shelters museum is a great little museum. Walk up the stairs to the...More

Thank Dennis E
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Surprised that this existed and an interesting modern day contrast to the Roman ruins. Well lit tunnels with interesting artefacts inside and with the minmum of emotion behind what must have been hell for the inhabitants of this city.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

This is a small museum but graphically depicts what went on in the 1930s. A country at war with itself. It is a good place to start an appreciation of recent Spanish history and politics. Recommended. Agree with earlier reviewer that the art in the...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Total walk through caves about 100 strides with poor cardboard cut outs and cost €10 for a family ... Much better museums nearby to see

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

The Civil War Shelter Museum in Cartagena is a rare insight into life during the Spanish Civil War. A series of caves carved out of the rock, the exhibit is dark, cool and damp, with the smell of a subterranean cellar. It has a good...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This place is well put together and really gives you a sense of what it was like then. I would not take young children there. would have liked to see prints of the propaganda posters on sale in their shop. It is such an interesting...More

Thank Susan V
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I have been a few times to this venue - in fact every time I visit the area. It is amazing, a real step back in time and a chance to encounter and sample living conditions as they were in the war. It provokes thoughts...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Really gives you the chance to get a better perspective on what life might have been like for those civilians who were caught up in the Spanish Civil War. Once again Cartagena has pulled out all the stops in bringing this museum to fruition in...More

1  Thank LaJarrie
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Keep in mind the real name of this fantastic place is "Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil (Civil War Shelter Museum)." A most unique war museum, its entrance is only accessibly up one floor off the city's iconoclastic round outdoor elevator. Housing one of the...More

1  Thank charlesthebarles
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