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Museo Arqueologico Nacional

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Barrio de Salamanca
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Address: Calle Serrano 13, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 915 77 79 12
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09:30 - 20:00
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Sun 09:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also...

Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also includes some other cultural remains: Greek, Etruscan, Roman and various South American cultures.

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What a wonderful morning spent in the museum The building but most the content from the early days to the modern era. Have spent a long weekend in Madrid and this museum has been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful morning spent in the museum The building but most the content from the early days to the modern era. Have spent a long weekend in Madrid and this museum has been one of the highlights. And on top they offered a free organ concert. A small XVI century organ. Wonderful complement for the visit. Don't miss it!!

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Ashford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This great archaeological is only 3 Euros to get in. There's lots to see but I concentrated on the Roman and Medieval sections. Well worth a visit

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This very large museum is located in the same complex around the back of the National Library, not far from the Prado. While we only had a little over an hour here, we could easily have spent much more time. Almost all the exhibits are labeled in English as well as Spanish. We focused on medieval Spain, both Muslim (Al-Andlus)... More 

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Racine, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A terrific walk through the chronology of history. Amazing finds, well displayed. I was surprised at the number of priceless artifacts totally unprotected from the general public. Photography allowed (no flash or tripod). Don't leave Madrid without visiting.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is great at showing you the confluence of many cultures as man evolves from prehistoric times. Very good displays of evolving technology that is represented by changing tools and art. The museum itself is very light and pleasant having benefitted from a major renovation a few years ago. This is an underrated museum that's worth a visit if... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The recently renovated Museo Arqueológico Nacional provides a fascinating and detailed look at the archaeological history of Spain. In a very accessible way, the museum's first section explores the history of human development, starting in prehistoric times. The focus is on evolution of earliest communities and the impact of growing contact with other peoples. Detailed explanations are in clear English... More 

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Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Museo Arqueological Nacional today. Almost all their commentary throughout the museum is in both Spanish and English. Thanks for that. I have seen lot of artifacts in various museums, so I spent most my time, this visit, to focus on Spain's history timeline. From the prehistorical, to the Phoenicians and Greeks, to the Romans, Muslims, Goths and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this museum. Such a good history of the Iberian Peninsula, and its place in human evolution. But also, good exhibits on the cultures of Iberia, from the Moors to the Celts to modern Spanish. Nicely laid out, plenty of space, well lit, and good signage in both Spanish and English.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You´d wish all museums were like that: modern, attractive, instructive and entertaining, with an intelligent didactive concept using interactive media and vivid displays that are fascinating, touching and at times even humorous. The museum will give you a comprehensive overview over the development of mankind from protohistory to modern times, focussing on the colourful tapestry of cultures that have shaped... More 

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Drogheda, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully laid out with most of the more important exhibits labelled in English as well as Spanish, this museum is a joy to browse. The lighting and staging are particularly well-done. If you are 65 or older,( bring along your passport or other documentation to prove your age!) and you will be admitted free of charge. Remember to visit the... More 

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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