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Naval Museum

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Address: Paseo del Prado, 5, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 23 85 16
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Madrid Naval Museum is a State institution which belongs to the...
The Madrid Naval Museum is a State institution which belongs to the Ministry of Defense. The Museum is under the organic command of the Admiral Chief of Naval Staff and is governed by a Board of Trustees (Real Patronato). The Naval Museum is a living institution opened to the public. Its curators not only study, look after, exhibit and acquire new objects, but use it as an instrument of communication, education and dissemination of the maritime history of Spain and its traditions. The following are some of the research fields: History of the Spanish Navy Naval shipbuilding Nautical science and auxiliary sciences like cosmography, cartography and nautical instruments. History of maritime voyages and discoveries. Underwater archaeology Maritime heritage
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great museum

This is a very finely detailed museum in a beautiful building on the grand paseo del prado right next to the magnificent palacio de cibeles. The museum itself is dedicated to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very finely detailed museum in a beautiful building on the grand paseo del prado right next to the magnificent palacio de cibeles. The museum itself is dedicated to the history of Spain as one of the greatest maritime powers ever known. Definately a very enjoyable visit.

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Savion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The Naval museum is not very large, but holds a nice collection of ship models, weapons, navigation tools and many other artifacts from different centuries. The admission fee is small and was defined as “donation” to the museum. Spare 2 hours to this visit.

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Milano
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Earlier this month, whilst in Madrid for the weekend, I had the chance to visit the Naval Museum, located just down the road from the beautiful Palacio de Cibeles. Being somewhat interested in maritime history (my interests being quite far-ranging for that matter), I thought that a trip to this Museum might be of particular interest, and worth a ‘quick’... More 

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Manchester U
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A donation of a mere €3 made this a bargain visit. Using the recommended route shown in the leaflet opened up the whole history of the Spanish Naval history as well as the general development of ships and all things connected; weapons, uniforms etc. The ship models, in particular, were magnificent. For those interested in naval matters it was a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

€3 for admission is a bargain. There was so much to see in this museum. Our only problem was navigation - it felt like we were in a maze at times. Well worth a visit.

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Soquel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Great place with a load of Spanish Naval history from Christopher Columbus. I recommend it. David Stewart

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I was initially attracted to the museum thinking that I would see a few models of ships. As well, I had the impression from previous reviews that I would not see very much and that I would be in and out in an hour. Was I ever surprised. The museum cost 3 Euros to get per person and 2 Euro... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I had no idea this museum was such an institution, so full of history and a wide display of resources. Apart from the typival cabin replicas, models, maps, documents, old navigation tools, all kind of souvenirs from all corners of the once Spanish empire, I was surprised to find wonderful portraits and busts of monarchs and high ranking sailors of... More 

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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Fortunately the nation with such seagoing history cannot have poor naval museum. All collections are rich and valuable. My favorites are historical maps, and white weapons.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was a fascinating museum, even if you don't understand much Spanish. I would recommend getting the English audio, which we did not do and I regret. But just looking at models of the ships and the artifacts collected by the Spanish navy from all over the world and the old maps was very interesting. There was a temporary exhibit... More 

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Additional Information about Naval Museum

Address: Address: Paseo del Prado, 5, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 23 85 16
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Paseo del Prado
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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