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Municipal Museum or Cantero Palace, Trinidad

Do not miss the best views of the city of Trinidad from the tower of the Municipal Museum after diving into its history.

Municipal Museum or Cantero Palace, Trinidad
Municipal Museum or Cantero Palace
© Eric Alarie

The Municipal Museum is popularly known as Cantero Palace, because it is located in that place. This building is totally unconnected with the tradition where the most 19th century cosmopolitan tastes are reflected.


The interesting history of the palace reminds us that firstly it belonged to the Borrell family from 1827 to 1830, until the building passed into the German Kanter or doctor Justo Cantero’s hands, who acquired great sugar plantations after poisoning a slave trader and marrying his widow, who also died prematurely. The wealths of Kanter are exhibited all over the rooms, decorated with Neoclassic style.

The Cantero Palace was opened as museum in 1980. There you can get to know the history of Trinidad since its foundation, going through slave trade, the splendor of the sugar industry, the fights for the independence or the crisis of the sugar sector, through documents, works of art an other objects.

The museum is divided in four rooms, the first one decorated similarly as the palace was in the past century. The following rooms exhibit the development of the local history, a weapons room which shows the fortresses of the port and the armor of canyons to protect from the pirates and privateers and another room dedicated to the sugar industry which shows the fundamental economic basis of the city.

One of the main attractives of the Trinidad Municipal Museum are the magnificent views of the city offered by its tower.

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Simón Bolívar, 423

Opening Hours:

9,00 a.m. to 5,00 p.m. from Saturdays to Thursdays


2 $

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