Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática (ARQUA)
Paseo de Alfonso XIII, 30204 Cartagena Driving directions
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mid Apr-mid Oct: Tue-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun and Bank Hols 10am-3pm; rest of year: Tue-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun and Bank Hols 10am-3pm - closed Mon, 1 and 6 Jan, 1 May, 24-25 and 31 Dec, local Hols


This amusing, educational museum, housed in a bold, half-buried glass and metal building, illustrates the principles, issues and tools of underwater archaeology. You can have a go yourself on a shipwrecked boat immersed in water undergoing excavation, then analyse the objects found. There is also an impressive collection of amphorae, together with the fabulous treasure of the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, sunk in 1804. Fascinating!


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