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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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  • this is a good museum that walks through the history of civilization and humans from a spain perspective. great exhibits in Spanish and English. students get in free. otherwise it is 3 euros per... 
    this is a good museum that walks through the history of civilization and humans from a spain perspective. great exhibits in Spanish and English. students get in free. otherwise it is 3 euros per...  more »
  • Very nice museum with a lot of artifacts Spanish history from prehistoric times till nowadays, as well as items from other cultures as Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Latin American. 
    Very nice museum with a lot of artifacts Spanish history from prehistoric times till nowadays, as well as items from other cultures as Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Latin American.  more »
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  • Very impressive museum. Full of artifacts that detail the history of Spain to the present — a lot ancient weapons to coin currency used back in the day. There are at least three floors of exhibits for you to view that are accessible via stairs or elevators. You need to place your large bags/backpacks in lockers before you enter exhibit hall. Worth the value and time to visit the MAN.
  • Free on Sundays which is a pleasant surprise compared to most museums around the world! Beautiful building with a mix of classic and very modern architecture in a great, central location. Also near lots of shopping in case you are into that sort of thing. I was a little underwhelmed with the exhibits however. I was expecting more of a focus on Spain / Iberia and Latin America. Not on par with similar museums in London, Chicago, New York, Paris, etc. So it would have been interesting for them to have really differentiated themselves in some fashion. I would highly recommend that Museum of the Americas instead. It's a little bit further away, however it is definitely worth visiting. All that said, it's still a cool little museum.

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