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El Zapote Barracks Military Museum
El Zapote Barracks Military Museum

El Zapote Barracks Military Museum

Free admission

For the better part of two decades, El Salvador was crippled by a brutal Civil War that left the country in tears. Entire villages were sent to slaughter, helicopters fell from the sky, and the sound of mortars striking their target was a constant reminder of the violence. Though the fighting ended in the early 1990s, Civil War stories and military relics live on inside this museum, including former military uniforms that date to the 18th century. Aside from the tanks, weaponry, and medals, the museum houses a number of items that have nothing to do with the military, like a massive, 3D, topographical map that shows all of El Salvador’s volcanoes, to the “Pope Mobile” that transported the Pope when he visited in 1981. Highlighting military in more modern times, there’s an interesting exhibit on the Salvadoran forces who recently served in Iraq, fighting alongside coalition soldiers from all different corners of the world. While the slant of the museum is decidedly pro military, it’s still an insightful, informative stop for learning El Salvador’s past.

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Open daily, 8am-Noon and 2-5pm.
10 Avenida Sur Calle Alberto Sánchez, San Salvador, El Salvador

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Many exhibits are only in Spanish though guides are free of charge. The building itself dates to 1865 and is a beautiful sight in itself.

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