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National Archeological Museum

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Address: Serrano, 13, 28071 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91-577-79-12
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Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it...
Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also includes some other cultural remains: Greek, Etruscan, Roman and various South American cultures.
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Great museum for young and old

This museum was recommended to us by a guide who took us on a walking tour of Madrid as having recently been updated and refurbished. We thought it gave and excellent overview of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Cordoba, Spain
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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Maybe I'm just too familiar with a lot of the history already, yet even so I would have expected a lot more here. The museum feels like an assortment of objects put together without much in terms of explanations. It covers a wide spectrum of Spain's history, I give it that, yet I would have expected a lot more detailed... More 

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Cordoba, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This museum was recommended to us by a guide who took us on a walking tour of Madrid as having recently been updated and refurbished. We thought it gave and excellent overview of Iberian history and development from prehistory up to recent times. A half day well spent.

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Norwich, Norfolk, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This museum has been recently refurbished and they have done an amazing job. It is modern, informative (information in Spanish and English) and filled with fascinating pieces and displays. It is laid out in chronological order beginning with the origins of man right through to present day. The only problem with it is the sheer size, there is just so... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The videos, alone, at this exceptional museum are worth the visit. The museum was closed for years doing a major renovation and you cannot imagine the result. It is the MOST contemporary museum I've ever visited. The videos are on large screen displays, interspersed throughout the exhibits. The videos are short animations, so incredible well done. They are also short,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We have visited the musem for 2 hours..we met a local friend who allowed us to know better the museum. Very nice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This place is so magnificent that you have to take several days to really appreciated , but if you can not, a day of 3 hours will be OK. The museum is in the back of the Biblioteca Nacional. The building restaurantion is extraordinary. The are piece from all the world . Prehistorical to Egipcian mummies, Floors of mosaic, ceiling... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The size of the collection here is amazing. I went on a Sunday when entry was free. I pooped out before I got to the middle ages so I went back another day when regular admission of 3 euros was in effect. Lots of gold. I thought it was great. Interpretation and identification of the objects in English as well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You can find a lot of pieces inside with an high historical and cultural value. Furthermore the descriptions (both in English and Spanish) are very clear and well written. I would like a more linear walk. In fact you do not know the direction to take. Without this issue, it could be perfect. The ticket is very cheap (3 euros).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

That may sound hyperbolic, but we found the Museo Arqueologico Nacional (MAN) to be more engaging than the Prado. It covers the scope of human history, with an obvious emphasis on Iberia, from prehistory to around the 1700s and was incredibly informative while not being overwhelming. The explanations and multimedia for the early history of Spain was highly engaging, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful museum. Beautifully presented! Iberian history since pre history. Must see In Madrid. Very modern. Need an ID to rent a tablet, or 300€.

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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