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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
942 818815
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Ranked #46 of 140 attractions in Cantabria
Type: History Museums
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Merced CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Altamira caves are not open due to the damage done by visitors, but this is a full replica of the whole thing and is amazingly well done. Great atmosphere, very good guides (although we did a Spanish tour - not sure how it is in English) and good museum attached explaining everything. Quite fast tours as the place is... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I did not think it was worth the trip up to see this. I had not realized that the actual caves were closed to the public and this was just a replica. Its a good reproduction and looks reasonably authentic, but its still a fake. The tour guides are nice people, but very little English, so almost impossible to understand... More

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Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I've been twice as its easy to visit if you are travelling via the Santander ferry. The actual caves are sadly closed to the public. The reconstruction is very real though and not disapointing, its a work of genius in its self. The parking is good and the entrance fee modest. The museum attached to the caves has very good... More

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Sawston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Simply outstanding presentation of all aspects of the Altemira caves, with the replica cave as the highlight. Thoroughly bilingual in its presentation, with a mixture of presentation styles. Note that admission to the replica cave is by timed ticket.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Absolutely amazing glimpse into History. The information and exhibits are in English as well as Spanish, and provide you with much food for thought about our ancestors and their way of life all those thousands of years ago and of course the paintings which command your attention with their details and colours. If you are in the area dont miss... More

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Malvern, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Having seen and loved the real Altamira years ago As an adolescent I was more than surprised to find such a stunning replica of rhe real cave. This ceiling was a bit higher, so this improved the viewing of the rock art especially the hands on the right of the rampant horse. Everything was so well organized and the attendants... More

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