Museo Militar Regional, Seville

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  • Disappointment. Only for hardcore military enthusiasts. First, no backpacks, made me put it in a locker. No problem. Then they said I couldn’t bring in a phone. Really? Phone into locker. I pulled my....  more
    Disappointment. Only for hardcore military enthusiasts. First, no backpacks, made me put it in a locker. No problem. Then they said I couldn’t bring in a phone. Really? Phone into locker. I pulled my....  more »
  • We found this museum totally by chance and found it to be fascinating especially as it was free to enter. Aspects of militaria we had not seen before. It may well close at 2pm but, certainly a cool....  more
    We found this museum totally by chance and found it to be fascinating especially as it was free to enter. Aspects of militaria we had not seen before. It may well close at 2pm but, certainly a cool....  more »
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  • Disappointment. Only for hardcore military enthusiasts. First, no backpacks, made me put it in a locker. No problem. Then they said I couldn’t bring in a phone. Really? Phone into locker. I pulled my notebook from my backpack (pen & paper). No notebooks allowed. I showed them there was nothing in it. No notebooks allowed. OK. Locker gets locked by attendant. I walk to security door. The guy sees my waistpack. Says it is not allowed. I show him there is nothing but my wallet and ID. They already have my phone. No, no waist pack, no wallet allowed. Only museum I recall that wouldn’t let me carry my wallet was in North Korea. Literally. One doesn’t like leaving their wallet and ID in a locker in a foreign country for obvious reasons. But fine. Museum first floor is mostly uniforms. Throughout museum larger placards are translated with proper English. However there is little narrative around tactical, operational, or strategic considerations for whatever they are talking about. The placards seldom get beyond: “A sword was designed to stab or slash the enemy." "Guns were designed to shoot people." "Cavalry used horses." "Rail moved people and supplies.” Captions for specific artifacts were 80% Spanish only; the 20% offering English were poorly written but mostly intelligible. For specific items of interest, I didn’t have my phone to use a translation tool or take a photo for future reference. I didn’t have my notebook to write down research topics for later. How stupid. Basement floor is firearms and other weaponry. Same language ratio for captions. For smaller firearms, country of origin is always cited. For larger weaponry and other artifacts, country of origin seems listed for any country that is not the United States. (e.g., early phones, vacuum tubes, military communications gear, range finders, TOW missile). I saw Franco’s name only once in a caption, and that indicates the degree to which this presentation touches modern history. Museum has decent artifacts, but the lack of narrative, consistent captioning, and skirting of discussion post-1936 makes it meaningful only to military enthusiasts who can independently extract value from this failure of curation.
  • Wonderful! Brings you back in time!

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