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Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)
Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)

Palace of Inquisition (Palacio de la Inquisicion)

Tue-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun, Holidays 10am-4pm
Calle 32, Cartagena, Bolivar

The Basics

Explore the museum on a self-guided tour, which are made possible by signage in both Spanish and English. Highlights of the museum include a floor dedicated to Cartagena’s independence from Spanish colonial rule; detailed dioramas that feature cutaways showing the city’s finest buildings; and maps and canons that date back to the Independence era. To learn more about Cartagena’s rich history, opt for a walking tour that covers the Palace of Inquisition among other notable landmarks such as the Gold Museum and Casa Museo Rafeal Nunez.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Palace of Inquisition (Museo Histórico de Cartagena de Indias) is a must-visit attraction for history buffs.
  • There’s a small admission fee to enter the museum, which is reduced for children and seniors.
  • Only the first floor of the museum is accessible to visitors with strollers and wheelchairs.
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How to Get There

Palace of Inquisition (Museo Histórico de Cartagena de Indias) is located at number 46 Plaza Bolivar, in the heart of Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. The majority of Cartagena Old Town attractions, including the Clock Tower and Plaza Santo Domingo, are within 10 minutes’ walk of the museum.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from morning until early evening Monday-Saturday, but operates with reduced opening hours on Sundays. Try to arrive first thing to beat the crowds.

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Wildcard

Bolivar Square (Plaza Bolivar) As well as hosting the Palace of Inquisition (Museo Histórico de Cartagena de Indias), the leafy Bolivar Square—formerly Plaza de Inquisición—offers a more authentic alternative to Plaza de Santo Domingo. As well as harboring a grand statue of its eponymous hero and the Gold Museum, the square is a magnet for street performers and street food vendors after sunset, when the area is at its most atmospheric.

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