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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  • We got in by buying free tickets online. The place is full of information and have lots of things to offer. I loved the sculptures and egyptian section where the sarcophagi are. The whole museum is...  more »
  • One of my favorite museums in Madrid, and really the world. Through due to covid some rooms are closed (including the Altamira replica), still worth a good 2 hours. Enjoy following the history of...  more »
  • Beautiful museum, lots of information (both in English and Spanish). Spacious, with a good collection of artefacts. Well organised.  more »
  • The museum covers human history from 4 million BC to about 1200AD. It has short videos before each section that cover the major historical events during that time period. I want to find the videos and watch them later because they had a lot of good information. Almost everything is in both Spanish and English. You might want to see the museum over two days because it's hard to stay contemplative for four hours straight. Luckily tickets are only 3€ so it's not unreasonable to come back if you have the time. There's unfortunately not a ton of diversity in the collection because most of their artifacts are from burial sites. I'm guessing that's to be expected with archeology museums though so I can't fault then for that. They make up for it by describing the context around each piece and explaining why it's significant. So don't expect to get anything out of it by just looking at stuff.
  • Incredible place and the employees are very kind. The exhibition is very large and you need at least 3 to 4 hours to complete the tour. This taking enough time to appreciate the exhibitions calmly. It includes pieces from ancient Greece, Rome, Spain. And also of prehistoric times. You will love your visit to this museum. 100% recommended. Saturdays entrance is free.
  • Great archeological Museum. Lots of displays on Iberian prehistory and Spanish archeology.and history. Very well displayed and informational. There is a lot to see depending on what you ant to see, could easily spend hours here. All displays in Spanish and English which was great.
  • The recent renovation is visible at any corner. The corridors are very clean, the room have perfect natural and artificial lights and the use of modern technologies is great to improve visitors' experience. Even better, the entrance is free during the weekends (check the official website for any restriction and more information). Not the best museum in town, but definitely worth a visit: inside and in the external installations.
  • Loved this museum. It is so well organized and the exhibits are presented with both Spanish and English descriptions. They also had some exhibits which were designed to enable vision impaired people to enjoy items such as the design of pottery and tools.

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