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The Maritime Museum in Puerto Vallarta

The Maritime Museum in Puerto Vallarta

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Since it opened its doors in 2006, the Naval Museum and Historical Center in Puerto Vallarta has dedicated itself to the education of visitors as to the far reaching and positive effects that the Mexican Navy has had upon the country. The goal is to exhibit and preserve Puerto Vallarta (and Mexico’s) the rich naval culture and history. The museum is ideally located right next to Los Arcos on the famous Malecon boardwalk in a colonial style building which has also served as a Navy hospital, Port Authority office, and local Navy Headquarters.

So, why not get out of the hot, midday sun and lose yourself in this fascinating museum for an hour or two? You won’t regret it!

Mexico’s Maritime History

This maritime museum in Puerto Vallarta introduces guests to the maritime history of Mexico which actually dates back to the pre-hispanic era. You will learn about the local history of Puerto Vallarta, too, which has long been a port. Exhibits show the city’s past, and documented sea journeys, encounters with Nao ships from China, the history of trade, and methods of defence when the natural Bay was under attack.

The museum has five exhibition rooms in which it shows off the amazing artefacts and pieces which include maps, photos, documents, and paintings as well as pieces of material culture like uniforms. These exhibits really bring Mexico’s maritime history to life!

High-Tech Exhibitions

The museum is up-to-date and offers some phenomenal audiovisual exhibits, and a special five screen navigation simulator which offers visitors the chance to see what manoeuvring a large ship through different environments and conditions might be like. These interactive exhibits perform the function of bringing greater understanding through participation, but there are also detailed scale models of ships (both modern and old), forts, and a topographic layout of Mexico’s prominent ports.

Those who hold a deep love for the open seas will be thrilled by the chance to examine the navigation equipment which is on display.

High-Tech Exhibitions

Here you can learn about one of the most important and memorable events of Mexican maritime history. On April 21st 1914 a group of young men bravely defended the port of Veracruz when the Naval School attacked during the second North American Intervention. On the bright side, you’ll see how the sailors kept themselves entertained with long-lived customs of putting terrifying mythological creatures within their navigation charts to give other sailors a scare and keep them on their toes.

The Naval Museum and Historical Centre is open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am to 5pm. The entrance fees are inexpensive, relatively speaking, (45 pesos for general admission, and 30 pesos for children, students, teachers, and senior citizens). Children under the age of 6, as well as those with disabilities, get in for free. All in all, it’s a great educational attraction in Puerto Vallarta.


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