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National Museum of Underwater Archaeology

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  • Façade of the National Underwater Archaeology Museum  ©Ministerio de Cultura

    Façade of the National Underwater Archaeology Museum ©Ministerio de Cultura

  • Interior of the National Underwater Archaeology Museum ARQUA. Cartagena, Murcia © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior of the National Underwater Archaeology Museum ARQUA. Cartagena, Murcia © Ministerio de Cultura

  • National Underwater Archaeology Museum ARQUA. Cartagena, Murcia © Ministerio de Cultura

    National Underwater Archaeology Museum ARQUA. Cartagena, Murcia © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Archaeological

Owner

State
Paseo Alfonso XII, 22
30201 Cartagena
Murcia

Telephone+34 968121166

Fax+34 968529692

E-mailinformacion.arqua@mcu.es

Websitehttp://museoarqua.mcu.es

Discover history at the bottom of the sea

The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA brings you the history of our cultural heritage hidden underwater.

ARQUA is an essential reference for discovering the Spanish underwater heritage in two great areas. The first one, "Underwater Cultural Heritage", which focuses on the explanation of the methodology used in underwater excavations. An interesting feature is the replica of one of the Phoenician ships (7th century AD), found in Mazarrón. The other area, known as "Mare Hibericum", invites visitors to discover the Iberian Penisula through the dynamic trade history of the Mediterranean, from antiquity to the 19th century. There are also elephant tusks from Phoenician times, discovered in the Bajo de la Campana site. It is the first underwater archaeology museum in Spain.

Essential works

Go to museum's collections
  • Gold amulet pendant. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

    Gold amulet pendant

    Gold phallic amulet depicting testicles on the lower central part and a fig on the right tip.

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  • 'Dressel amphora' © Ministerio de Cultura

    Dressel amphora

    This piece was found in the Roman wreck of San Ferreol in San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia), which dates from the first century B.C. and was discovered in 1976.

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  •  Roman wine amphora. National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

    Roman wine amphora

    It was made on Italy’s Adriatic coast and intended for transporting wine.

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  • Dish with ship. National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

    Dish with ship

    An exceptional decorated Islamic ataifor (large bowl) depicting a ship, one of the very few medieval Islamic illustrations of a seafaring vessel.

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  • Elephant tusk with Phoenician inscription. National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

    Elephant tusk with Phoenician inscription

    Elephant ivory piece featuring an engraved inscription using a sharp tool.

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  • Silver scarab. Obverse © Ministerio de Cultura

    Silver scarab

    Phoenician protective talisman with a silver ring and soap rock stamp. This was the most popular type of amulet at the time.

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  • 'Roman tombstone from the Late Empire'. ARQUA, Cartagena © Ministerio de Cultura

    Roman tombstone from the Late Empire

    Roman epigraph from the 1st century B.C. commemorating the participation and financing provided by a number of citizens for building a harbour structure in Cartagena.

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  • Roman lead ingot © Ministerio de Cultura

    Roman lead ingot

    Pyramid-shaped ingot, showing that the Romans rented mining rights to individuals.

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  • Roman decorated lamp with a double spout © Ministerio de Cultura

    Decorated double nozzle Roman lamp

    Recovered from Cartagena town centre, this piece is lavishly decorated with the figures of Zeus-Jupiter and others connected with the world of dreams and the night.

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  • Carpenter's mallet from Roman times © Ministerio de Cultura

    Carpenter's mallet from Roman times

    Wooden mallet used by shipbuilding carpenters.

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Collections

The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).


Come and visit

Timetables

Oct 16 to Apr 14

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Apr 15 to Oct 15

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 24, 25 and 31 December

Rates

General: €3

Reduced: €1,5

Free admission

Saturdays from 2 pm, Sundays, 18 April, 18 May, 12 October and 6 December.

Services

Audio guide

Café / restaurant

Cloakroom service

Programme of cultural activities

Specialist publications

Educational workshops

Shop

Visits for families

Guided tours

Accessibility

Lift

Disabled toilets

Car park

Sign guides

Wheelchairs

Multimedia

Find tourist information in the surroundings

Very interesting

Activities

Underwater cultural heritage exhibition. National Underwater Archaeology Museum (ARQUA) © Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport

Oct 15, 2014 to Oct 19, 2014

Congress

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology - Cartagena
Ikuwa V International Conference on Underwater Archaeology

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Services

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