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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
Phone Number: 942 818815
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Ranked #77 of 160 Attractions in Cantabria
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The Altamira cave complex is not open to the public but the full scale recreation is fantastic and all the exhibits have english explanations - also entry was free. Santillana Del Mar also worth a visit.

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LaJolla
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116 reviews 116 reviews
57 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The famous cave drawings located in Cantabria are worth at least a one day visit. Created more than 40,000 years ago, there are drawings in more than 40 caves in the area. The most famous, Altamira is now closed to the public, but a full scale recreation is seen at the museum on site. This should be visited first to... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

You are limited access to give you a feeling of entering a cave. A door slides open and 20 to 25 people enter to watch a brief silent movie to "prepare" you for what you will see. you then enter a reproduction of actual cave with lots of artificial lighting. along the way are small video stations that explain what... More 

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Ancona, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

It's just a replica of just a bit of the original. The most convincing part is the physical shape of the cave - the cave mouth and the sloping floor. Some of the twenty or so replica paintings on the roof are hard to make out in the dim light, and so are the panels that are meant to help.... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

With the true cave closed to protect it from contamination and decay this 'new' facility contains a stunning recreation of the original complete with videos, displays and museum quality exhibits to thrill and educate the visitor. The new cave chamber and faithful reconstruction of the painted ceiling are the next best thing to seeing the real cave which, sadly, almost... More 

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Perth, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

An extremely interesting museum and reproduction cave. A wonderful way for us to enjoy our history without damaging the original cave. Would recommend visitors read the "Clan of the Cave Bear" book to get a further insight into daily life in that era.

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Merced CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The famous Cave of Altamira and its prehistoric art is closed to the public for the protection of the artifacts. On the site, however, is this wonderful Museum covering all of human prehistory, but concentrating on the period of the cave. The culmination of the museum is the "new cave," which is a full life size reproduction of the cave... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Museo de Altamira is wonderful. We spent about two hours there and I highly recommend this to everyone. The museum is extremely well done, all explanations in Spanish and English. The displays are artistic, interactive, and very very informative. The videos are great, too. Then there is the cave itself....Wow! Though this is not the actual cave, it is... More 

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sju
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Is you are in the area or near don't miss it .The paintings are amazing it really transport you to thousands of years ago.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is definitely worth a visit. The museum is quite modern and does an excellent job presenting the development of mankind and its artifacts, including cave-dwellers' artistic expressions. The Neo-Cave, a reproduction of the real cave, is very interesting to see and is also well-done. Tickets are free on Sundays. I recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds and... More 

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