National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid

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#6 of 96 in Museums in Madrid
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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  • I wasn't expecting such a nice collection with an entry at €3. The museum traces the history of the country from prehistoric times. It's very interesting. I recommend the visit.
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  • While other tourists in the Prado, Reina Sofia and many other places stand their feet sore while waiting, paying overpriced prices and fighting their way through crowds, the Museo Arqueológico Nacional Madrid can be experienced very differently. Reduced for €3€ (€1.50), you can visit a fantastic modern, informative and exciting museum. Completely renovated between 2008 and 2014, it offers an exciting view into Spanish archaeological history from the first people to the early modern era. The exhibits are often more than fascinating and are always initiated with short texts (spanisch/English). The exhibition is multimedia and there are always actions in which children also have their joy (virtual reality, things to touch and puzzle).
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  • Very interesting, renovated, interactive with virtual reality stands museum to visit. Not very popular with tourists.  more »
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  • Good museum but the coin section is not very interesting. Also: some important information is missing from a lot of items displayed (such as dates and origins). Otherwise, it is fairly pleasant to wander in the museum. A lot of things to see and you can leave your bags in a locker room before you visit so you feel unencumbered.
  • Huge museum, huge variety of things to see, it will take you at least 3 hours to see everything. The installations are brand new, it is great for children, and in every room you will find a corner with replicas for blind people to touch. On the ground floor you will find super clean toilets and cabinets where you can leave you belongings. All these for a ticket of 3 euro, and children enter for free. No waiting lines, no crowds.
  • Quiet during our Friday evening visit. 3 euros for adults, kids free. Nice displays on early humans and the history of coins and money. Educational and interesting.
  • Quite comprehensive collection, many items are well-explained, the interior light and architecture gives an open feeling to the visitor. Definitely worth visiting, even if you are in Madrid only for 3 days. One suggestion, though: While informing about millenia and humans' development, it would be better to indicate the civilizations that emerged in other parts of the world in parallel to (or much earlier than) those in Iberia. At least a note to remind that 1000 BC was already a highly developed era for other parts of the world, like Egypt, Asia and Middle East; and the timeline there is only for Europe. Looking at the timeline diagram at the entrance, a visitor, without any prior knowledge, might think that the worldwide civil human and sophisticated institutions started in last half of 1st millennium BC, whereas we have the solid phenomena of Sumerians, Egyptians, Hittites, China, India, etc.
  • Fascinating exhibitions for a very low price. You can access to the vast permanent collection for just 3€. The gallery is immense and it is impossible to visit it in just one day, take it into account. You might visit too the temporary exhibitions located in the underground floor, actually free passes.
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