Naval Museum, Madrid

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Naval Museum reflects the fact that, although Madrid itself is land-locked, Spain’s rulers have profited from the country’s extensive coasts for centuries. The history displayed here begins with the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella I and Ferdinand II, who authorized Christopher Columbus’ expedition. On view are the earliest still-existing map of the Americas and scale models of ships, among many other items of interest. Entrance is inexpensive, but you must bring a photo ID to be allowed in. With our world travel planner, Madrid attractions like Naval Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Although you need urgently to be modernized, the collection of this museum is very interesting. Allows a tour of naval history and military of Spain knowing details about the naval battles, ships, the discoveries, the times of the different Kings... maybe missing a greater depth on topics such as the discovery of America and some missing to other illustrious marino. The approach is more militarily that otherwise, from this point of view, is worth. By the way, too many you references to Franco, the more stale room of the Museum.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I don't think this is one of most popular and recommended Museum of Madrid, I've turned out for the event because it is in the Center and I must say that I have not regretted it at all. Is the Spain of the "golden age". Wonderful miniature ships. All well kept and clean. I recommend it
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Maritime Museum near the Prado Museum. But there are quite a few visitors. For some reason it wasn't popular. But in all halls maritime history of Spain. The Museum contains many artifacts and patterns for navigation devices. I really enjoyed the ship model, presented at a high level.
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  • Awesome museum with a ton of history! So many artifacts and weapons and other cool things that were donated to the museum or found years later in the water. Only a 3 euro donation as well so it's affordable. I'd say budget about 2-3 hours to walk through this place thoroughly. It also has the original, oldest map of the world known to man!
  • One floor. Nothing ridiculous. If your into 17-18th century ships go. Encouraged €3 donation
  • Loved this place! A lot of Naval history to be seen and amazing art pieces to stare at and lesrn from. I totally recommend this place!
  • Really interesting, especially if you have an interest in nautical history. The audio guides are not great, however. A boring info dump.
  • All the weapons, maps and ships were interesting. I've never expected I would see canon or saker, and the table for the tactics was wonderful. However, there were not enough information written in English nor any subtitles for the videos. I tried to use Google translator, but network signal was too weak. It would be better if they provide info in English or at least WiFi.

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