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“Knock at the door - a warm welcome awaits”

Moncarapacho Museum
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Reviewed February 5, 2015

This lovely little museum is situated just back from the main street and is easily found but difficult to park nearby. The gate was locked – a security precaution as a result of an armed attack a few years ago – but a knock at the door brought the volunteer curator quickly. She had a wealth of knowledge about the exhibits, having catalogued over 2,000 of them personally some years ago. There is a fine collection of ivory – not particularly p.c. now and it was sad to see whole tusks, but looking beyond that the collection was very substantial. The ebony furniture is also very impressive. We particularly liked a filing cabinet and asked to see one of the drawers open and were amazed to see it was full of old papers and books.
There are many Roman artefacts as well as later Arab exhibits, all carefully placed together to show them at their best. There is an old mechanical clock, made in England, and only one of about four in the world. It was very dusty and we were told that it was unknown if it still was in working order, but it was impressive nonetheless. We were amused by the sets of Staffordshire Wally Dogs – a donation we were told.
The little chapel next door is delightful and one of the few surviving chapels of the 1755 earthquake.
It should be noted that no photographs are allowed to be taken within the museum or chapel. Entry is free but a donation is welcome although not obligatory.

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Reviewed November 5, 2014

We stumbled across this museum and were so fascinated by the history as explained to us by the friendly curator, we contributed to their coffers with an amount far more than they considered necessary.
A pleasant couple of hours spent finding out about the town's past history.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Ignore the opening times on the website!!!!! Arrived today in Moncarapacho and the whole place was pretty much deserted; very disappointed as purposely planned on going to the museum and the chapels/churches as I am named after one of the venerated saints! The museum is open TUESDAY - FRIDAY 10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00 and closed New Year's Day, Christmas Day and Bank Holidays. There was a few bits and pieces (stonework wise) outside of the museum which was quite impressive. Promises so much...... but yet to be seen.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

This little museum tucked in the middle of Moncarapacho is a must see. The curator knows every little detail about the displays and is very patient in responding to any questions. Take time to visit the Church next to the museum which falls under the responsibility of the museum, it is so lovely.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

A lovely lady walked round with us pointing things out, the museum is not open all the time and you need to look at the times on door. The museum has three different sections and we finished in a little church.

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