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Naval Museum, Madrid
(4.4/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a museum that does not receive visits it deserves. Its rooms are filled with gems that will delight curious and lovers of history.
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  • This museum is located near the Prado, it reveals all of the Spanish maritime power. Many models, maps and antiques are exposed.
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  • Although I am a man, I did not expect this museum to be as interesting and appealing as it really is (:)). There are many rooms with big and small objects linked to the naval Spanish history (from map...  more »
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  • This museum provides a detailed history of the famous Spanish armada. It has on display statues and paintings of the most important people in Spanish naval history, in addition to many models of ships and other old weapons. Watch out as it closes on Mondays and summer times are shortened (they close at 3pm in summer)
  • As the name of this museum suggests, this museum focuses on ships, more specifically the history of the Spanish navy. While not a particular ship enthusiast myself (nor my family for that matter), we don't regret our decision of spontaneously going in as we passed by. The craftsmanship of many of the ship models are beautiful and done with incredible detail. Don't forget to look up and see the ginormous figureheads from old boats mounted against the wall. If I remember correctly, only the main exhibits had English descriptions, otherwise it was primarily Spanish. Any bags you may have are scanned before you go upstairs to the entrance of the museum (I believe there was a lift available), and that is because you are free to carry your bags into the museum. Some parts of the museum exhibit is quite cramped so it is probably wise to be careful when walking around with bigger bags. I am reading here belatedly that the entrance into the museum was actually free, but on the day of my visit the lady at the desk told us the admission fee was 3Euros per person, perhaps because it's just easier to ask for the tiny amount rather than going on this long explanation of admission practices.
  • A really interesting museum dedicated to Naval history with some great pieces including the earliest map of the Americas and other very detailed early maps and globes. The items recovered from shipwrecks are fascinating. It's good value and will worth the visit.
  • They having really interesting pieces! The price is absolutely affordable (3eur). Some rooms should need a bit of fresh painting. Most of the explanations were in Spanish only. Maybe a bit of atmosphere music would have been nicer.
  • A brief history lesson in Spanish navel history, with a lot of artifacts, model ships and paintings. It would need a makeover to cater to a larger crowd. Note most of the information in Spanish. A key highlight is the first map of the Americas !!