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Arqua is the short name for the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica (National Museum of Underwater Archaeology). Arqua is a fusion of the Latin words Archaeologia and Aqua. The museum is located at the port, at the Dique de Navidad. In 1970 the Board of Archaeological Excavations of Cartegena was established and this was the origin of the museum. A program of systematic underwater exploration along the coast of Murcia was started. In 2002 the new museum's construction was started and the architect was Guillermo Vazquez-Consuegra, who was the winner of the National Architecture Award. The new building has a space of 6000 square meters. The museum has a large collection of amphorae. There are elephant tusks from the Phoenician past, and Roman remains from the Isla de Escombreras. There are also Phoenician shipwrecks from the Playa de la Isla de Mazarron.
15 April - 15 October:
Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 21:00 Fridays and Saturdays, from 10:00 to 22:00 Sundays and public holidays, from 10:00 to 15:00
16 October - 14 April:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 19:30 Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
Closed: Every Monday, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December.