National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid

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Find out about ancient civilizations that inhabited Iberian peninsula from prehistory to the early Modern Age at National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Isabella II founded the museum in 1867 as a depository for various collections of the Spanish monarchs. Housed in a Neoclassical building, the museum features mostly Hispanic cultural remains, but also Roman mosaics, Greek pottery, and 8th-century votive crowns. The highlights include a replica of the prehistoric Altamira cave paintings of bison and boars and a bust of a wealthy Iberian woman dating back to 5th century BCE. Add National Archaeological Museum of Spain and other attractions to your Madrid trip itinerary using our Madrid online sightseeing planner.
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  • This is a museum we really enjoyed. It's quite modern and some of the exhibits are explained to the viewers by touching a screen. One of the attractiveness of the musuem is that it is free. 
    This is a museum we really enjoyed. It's quite modern and some of the exhibits are explained to the viewers by touching a screen. One of the attractiveness of the musuem is that it is free.  more »
  • Great museum to visit. Much bigger than you would think. We spent several hours going through it and were unable to see everything. 
    Great museum to visit. Much bigger than you would think. We spent several hours going through it and were unable to see everything.  more »
  • Visited on a week day morning - quite easy to walk to from the centre of Madrid. If you are following Google maps then note that it took us to the front of the library - the museum entrance is on the....  more
    Visited on a week day morning - quite easy to walk to from the centre of Madrid. If you are following Google maps then note that it took us to the front of the library - the museum entrance is on the....  more »
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  • Free on Sundays which is a pleasant surprise compared to most museums around the world! Beautiful building with a mix of classic and very modern architecture in a great, central location. Also near lots of shopping in case you are into that sort of thing. I was a little underwhelmed with the exhibits however. I was expecting more of a focus on Spain / Iberia and Latin America. Not on par with similar museums in London, Chicago, New York, Paris, etc. So it would have been interesting for them to have really differentiated themselves in some fashion. I would highly recommend that Museum of the Americas instead. It's a little bit further away, however it is definitely worth visiting. All that said, it's still a cool little museum.
  • Perfect specially on the weekends because not much of the people. No doubt about all the pieces of Archaeological they corrected and 3D models. Useful English information, elegant layout and open. Recommend at least three hours decent covers for three floors.
  • Underrated museum on the Madrid sightseeing list! Unfortunately when I went the top floor was closed, which house much of the Greek and Egyptian artifacts which are some of the best here, but the others floors were well worth the 3€ entry! The museum is set up to tell the history of man as you walk through each floor, which is both entertaining and educational. There are so many exhibits we even had to skip a few just to save some time, you could be here all day if you wanted. Even the building itself has some amazing architecture.
  • Nice quick trip through ancient artifacts throughout Paleolithic era, early modern, Greece, and other time periods and places throughout history. Self paced and Interesting. Would recommend visiting if you are around the areas and need an hour (give or take) to fill.
  • Amazing treasures, especially enjoyed all of the gold jewellery from the various ages of Spain. Only half of the top floor was open when we visited (Egypt and Greece), plus the floor below, floor E, where the coins are, was completely closed. To get to area of the top floor that is open, ask a member of staff as only some of the lifts will take you there.

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