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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

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Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
Phone Number: 942 818815
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9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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This could be the museum that helps people of different nationalities to understand better, the ways the surrounding local caves have been understood and what they represent... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

By total coincidence we had been staying in the Dordogne earlier in the year and been to Lascaux for the first time. We much preferred Altamira, probably because Lascaux is so popular and busy. You can do a unguided visit to Altamira and stay as long as you want. You get very close to the paintings and have time to... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This could be the museum that helps people of different nationalities to understand better, the ways the surrounding local caves have been understood and what they represent. However, I did not think they tried very hard to accommodate other cultures and the stories were a bit too basic. We arrived late (6.15pm) and the person who took our money was... More 

Thank 366Cari
Miami, Florida
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49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

An incredible learning experience that takes one back thousands of years and helps everyone to learn how the caves at Altamira, which is only a couple of minutes drive from the town of Santillana del Mar have provided invaluable information about the people that lived there thousands of years ago! The original caves cannot be visited because they have been... More 

Thank Alfred R
Calgary, Canada
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223 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This site, although reasonable at 3€ was not well done. Of course you only see a rendition of the real paintings, they are just not will done.

Thank bennybear
Sydney, Australia
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143 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This was a marvellous exhibition of the findings of prehistoric artwork in the caves nearby and the history of early man. This is a reconstruction to duplicate the actual site with a copy of the original, so as to protect the original site from the ever increasing numbers of tourists that were visiting the grotto. The result is very well... More 

Thank Foxey2
Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The discovery of the Altamira Cave with its amazing Paelolithic paintings was no doubt wonderful, but be very clear - the real cave is not what you see here. You see a replica made of polystyrene, wax and limestone powder. It is probably a true depiction of the real cave and is interesting from that point of view, but I... More 

1 Thank dalbist
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

It was a wet day so went to the museum. We weren't the only ones. Despite a full car park, we got a slot for the 'neocave' in only one hour's time so we spent that hour in the intersting museum which has bilingial displays or archaeology and the like. The visit to the neocave was relatively swift in comparison.... More 

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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

While standing in the horizontal rain for 60 minutes at 1pm, one naturally assumes you are queuing (without cover) for a ticket to enter straight away. Why? There is no information stating otherwise. But no. Your family is queueing in the rain for a ticket for 6pm entry. When you inform staff you are not staying here all day, they... More 

1 Thank viribustotis
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258 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Museum - caves are very close (2 km) to the town of Santillana del Mar, and we went to visit them in the morning. The Caves prehistoric paintings date back 15000 years. It was difficult to fathom that long ago, but to see the artwork, mainly bison, horses and deer in colors of ochre and red and black and... More 

1 Thank Cana1Toronto
Hong Kong, China
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I was very excited to visit the re-construction of this cave. They have done a fantastic job of re-creating the real cave here. They have faithfully copied the art and environment in order to allow the visitor to experience the beauty of the monument. I hope that everyone understands what a delicate balance there is between appreciating the discovery of... More 

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