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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  • I had expected a much smaller museum, but of course it was large, that's just how they do things in Spain! It was inexpensive at 3 euros and since my husband and I were mildly interested and we were s...  more »
  • The Naval Museum is one of those museums that should know the world without a doubt. Suitable for travelling with children and learn about the impressive history of our Spanish Navy, very well located (next to Cibeles) is free and its volunteer guides (former officers of the Navy) are great connoisseurs of history and marine traditions of Spain. It is not only dedicated to military glories but that it has a series of rooms dedicated to scientific discovery and the different types of boats through the centuries that are a gift for personal culture of each. Highly recommended a visit.
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  • Very nice but not the first to see if we don't have a lot of time :) We were a little disappointed, especially by the staff which was very friendly...
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  • I did the 3 hour free guided tour though the museum (in Spanish only). Very very interesting. The guide was very passionate and was able to keep our attention for the full 3 hours. Get the guided tour or at least the audioguide or you won't be able to appreciate the museum. PS: The 3 euros admission is actually voluntary
  • You are most likely coming here because you are a tourist that wants to see an interesting museum in Spain regarding their Naval history. You will arrive and see that it is 3€ for an adult and that young kids are free. You might worry that this is a cheap place. You will enter and see seemingly endless interesting exhibits featuring many interesting models ranging from the 16 century to modern day Spanish naval power. You will see historical guns, swords, cannons, bits of ships and learn a lot in the process. You will leave thinking they could charge 15€ per person and still get a lot of visitors. If you are in Madrid and are looking for something to do, try the Naval museum, because it's definitely worth it. -written by my 13 y/o son who usually doesn't like museums. I agree with him, a great and underrated museum.
  • I am not into ships, but this place was really special! It was so dense with objects and cool maps. I highly recommend going here for an hour to check the place out really quick, as it was very cheap to get in.
  • THIS MUSEUM IS CLOSED ON MONDAYS, it doesn't say so on google. this place is great. they have an audio tour for 2 euros, which both me and my brother enjoyed. do bring headphones if you opt for the audio tour, or you'll have to hold the device to your ear like a phone, not uncomfortable but also not very comfortable.
  • The museum is much larger than we anticipated for the 3 € we paid. It is interesting. Not much explanation in English.

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