National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid

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Find out about ancient civilizations that inhabited Iberian peninsula from prehistory to the early Modern Age at National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Isabella II founded the museum in 1867 as a depository for various collections of the Spanish monarchs. Housed in a Neoclassical building, the museum features mostly Hispanic cultural remains, but also Roman mosaics, Greek pottery, and 8th-century votive crowns. The highlights include a replica of the prehistoric Altamira cave paintings of bison and boars and a bust of a wealthy Iberian woman dating back to 5th century BCE. Add National Archaeological Museum of Spain and other attractions to your Madrid trip itinerary using our Madrid online sightseeing planner.
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  • I would preface this by saying, "may not be for everyone". But I loved it. I'm not sure how much in the exhibits was original artifacts vs. reconstructions--if they were originals, it's impressive.....  more
    I would preface this by saying, "may not be for everyone". But I loved it. I'm not sure how much in the exhibits was original artifacts vs. reconstructions--if they were originals, it's impressive.....  more »
  • This museum is worth a visit when you’re in Madrid. It explains how Spain evolved through the ages, from prehistoric to Roman to more recent times. Some of the objects are simply stunning. Especially....  more
    This museum is worth a visit when you’re in Madrid. It explains how Spain evolved through the ages, from prehistoric to Roman to more recent times. Some of the objects are simply stunning. Especially....  more »
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  • A full floor was closed down when we were there, so only 4 stars. There was lots of information from prehistoric times, which was for me the most interesting. Of course there is even more exhibition area for the latter times. The Iberian peninsula was occupied by LOTS of peoples, worth checking out if you are even a little interested in history.
  • Underrated museum on the Madrid sightseeing list! Unfortunately when I went the top floor was closed, which house much of the Greek and Egyptian artifacts which are some of the best here, but the others floors were well worth the 3€ entry! The museum is set up to tell the history of man as you walk through each floor, which is both entertaining and educational. There are so many exhibits we even had to skip a few just to save some time, you could be here all day if you wanted. Even the building itself has some amazing architecture.

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