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Naval Museum, Madrid

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#10 of 64 in Museums in 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. By using our Madrid travel itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Naval Museum and other attractions in Madrid.
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4.5
  • If nautical is your thing then this is your place. Has interesting displays regarding wooden ships and how they were constructed.  more »
  • This museum is near the area where many of the museums in Madrid are located. The Naval Museum is somewhat unassuming from the outside, and definitely from just inside the building, but I am so glad w...  more »
  • This mission is packed with artifacts and models. It was very interesting to wonder through. For non-Spanish speakers, know that if you don't grab the audio tour, you won't be able to read the signs a...  more »
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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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The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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