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Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid
(3.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Both a research facility and an exhibition space, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales is at the forefront of paleobiology and geology; it is also one of the first museums of natural history in the world. The exhibits range from ancient artifacts to recent finds currently being studied by on-site researchers. Exhibits are located primarily on the ground and first floors in a series of themed rooms. In these, you'll notice prehistory, paleontology, geology, and entomology sections, and one for decorative arts. This last unexpected treat is a must see for textile enthusiasts. Check the hours on the website before visiting, as they change during festivals, holidays, and weekends. Plan to visit Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid travel itinerary maker.
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  • Super Museum. We saw a lot of animals. You can see any animal you can imagine in the National Museum of natural sciences. Had both animals of our era, as prehistoric animals. We also saw an exhibition of dinosaurs.
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  • I went to one of the special events that make in the Museum, this time by the proximity of Halloween and all Saints Day: mystery and tapas at the Museum of natural sciences. Once switched off the lights and closed the Museum, a small group with flashlights is led by a guide who tells stories of the Museum. You can then enjoy a catering. Found me a very original way to visit the Museum. I recommend it completely.
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  • Great Museum to visit with the kids in the House and that step to learn. Major exhibition of dinosaurs.
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  • I expected it would be bigger especially gemology part. But it is a perfect place to go with kids, they love it there (the biology part especially). If you are going on weekends/holidays be ready to wait in line tho.
  • The Biodiversity exhibition was interesting. Good English translations accompanied most Spanish descriptions. The Real Cabinet was my favourite part I think, it has a few interesting skeletons and pieces of history. In the end, the museum was much too small. Did not feel like I got my money's worth. I spent maybe an hour in the museum total. No cafeteria, just some vending machines.
  • Well it's a bit of disappointment... For a former imperial capitol of course ;-) Not even close to London's Natural History Museum. Most of the exhibitions typical and borring. Many of them closed (they didn't mention that at the entrance). A plus side is short but well prepared exhibition on Human Evolution. Not to many replicas here and they even have an almost complete neanderthal skeleton :-) Interesting but temporary exhibitions on exertion and Sierra de Guadarrama. Do not hope for a museum cafeteria. There isn't one, just vending machines... In general isn't worth 7 euro.
  • Nice exhibits for such a small space. Great importance given for evolution and biology.
  • Muestra explicaciones científicas muy visuales y entretenidas.