Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid

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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. Put Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Madrid trip builder .
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  • The Museum is to be taken at the same time to a museum. For children it has interest, but it is completely outdated. With the amount of museums on science that there are out there, other cities, Madrid deserves something much better... more than anything to get out of the post-war
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  • A huge disappointment. It is very very little. I came with great expectations, and the disappointment was huge. Very little exposure of the oceans. What you show on different screens then they repeat it at a screening of a documentary. The rest of the Museum even more disappointing. A lot of windows with just a few stuffed animals. The only thing that saves a little is the Pavilion of the dinosaurs but is also disappointing. Museum to visit one day that you have to entertain small children. Go soon or you'll queue to enter and children screaming from all sides.
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  • The Museum has very good funds, and like children very much. But it is somewhat messy, lack of information to the visitor and does not sense of coherence in the exhibition of the funds. Very interesting the new section dedicated to the Natural Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama
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  • Compact layout which is best suited for small children. Lots of good dinosaur/caveman exhibits. Easily reached by taxis which can be hailed on road outside. No café but the small terrace bar outside is not in fact a rip-off but is reasonable value.
  • Dinosaurs! Smaller than anticipated, but they've got dinosaurs! A little confusingly laid out, in that the paleontology section is accessible around the corner from the main admission and ticketing office. Plan about two hours if you (or your travelling companion) like dinosaurs.
  • Smaller than I expected but my 5 year old still enjoyed it. Can easily do in a few hours.
  • Small place, but interesting and nice. Very cool if you have kids, nieces, nephews, that sort of thing.
  • 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.

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