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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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Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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A walk back through history

A good reproduction of the prehistoric cave paintings found nearby. If you have been to the Lascaux caves in France you will be a little underwhelmed by the way the cave has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A good reproduction of the prehistoric cave paintings found nearby. If you have been to the Lascaux caves in France you will be a little underwhelmed by the way the cave has been reproduced here. Also, the prehistoric art is not as good as Lascaux. The museum and visitor centre however is excellent. It has detailed exhibits of life in... More 

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I have wanted to see these caves since reading the Clan of the Cave Bear books back in the 80's. My husband told me that you can't go in to the actual cave, but that didn't deter me from visiting. It is a reproduction of the actual cave, but really well done. My biggest disappointment was not being able to... More 

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Murcia, Spain
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I've been wanting to see one of the prehistoric caves in Europe and as we were close to this one, we made it part of our itinerary. I'm glad we did! My Rough Guide didn't think much of it because the cave itself is closed to visitors, but the museum provides an excellent reconstruction of one of the main chambers... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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