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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I highly enjoyed the museum; it has some really great exhibits about Spanish naval history over the centuries. It's worth noting that it's a bit tough for non-Spanish speakers to visit because a lot of the plaques aren't in English, or they are terribly translated. Probably worth renting an audio-guide, though I haven't had good luck with those in Spain. Also, it's a "voluntary" €3 entry per person, meaning you technically don't have to pay it, but they will hassle you and try to stare at you awkwardly if you don't pay it. (Seriously, just pay it.) Also, it's a major mish-mash. There is a TON of content in the museum and it's organized chronologically, but it's pretty poorly displayed and overly busy. Still, if you like the theme, you'll probably enjoy the museum.
  • Although the museum has some very interesting pieces, such as the treaty of Tordesillas they do a poor job explaining the relevance of them. I sometimes felt a bit lost and missed in depth information.
  • Huge potential for this museum, lots of antique weaponary and naval items, but don't go if you don't have you're spanish under control. While some items have an english explanation in the audioguide, non of the items plaqs had an english translation. One is left to imagine where an item came from. Absolutely disappointing for the naval history lovers..

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