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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
942 818815
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Ranked #69 of 163 attractions in Cantabria
Type: History Museums
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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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26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
5 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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