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Naval Museum

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Address: Paseo del Prado, 5, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 23 85 16
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Located in the Military Government building just to left side of the Prado. You enter from the Paseo Drl Prado side of the building through a door with a ship over it. Closed on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Park City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Primarily a museum of model ships with numerous naval artefacts, and with paintings and portraits of mostly naval personnel adorning the walls. Our visit was shorter than expected as there was very little information in English so a lot of the significance of exhibits wasn't able to be fully appreciated. So if you're unable to read Spanish, but are happy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Single level on the 2nd floor of exhibits were captioned entirely in Spanish ONLY. I don't read Spanish. I wasted an hour trying to figure out the exhibits, and at the end, I gained no new knowledge. Instead of life sized decommissioned ships, there were only a few model ships. Unusually scanty exhibit for a Naval museum. The one exception... More 

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Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Located in the Military Government building just to left side of the Prado. You enter from the Paseo Drl Prado side of the building through a door with a ship over it. Closed on Monday. Very good displays but with little having English information about the exhibits.

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

As a former Naval rating I cannot resist this type of museum. This one did not disappoint. Small but packed. I just wish I could read Spanish better. It covers an amazing period of Spain's naval history and the exhibit's are fantastic.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This was an interesting museum which started around the tine of the Spanish Armada and ended in the early 20th century. It was well laid out and took you in chronological order through the history of Spanish naval history. Good place to go.

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Youghal, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Give yourself about 2 hours to get around this Museum ,fee 3 euro but well worth a visit, Naval History of Spain from early days to the present.well laid out and plenty of exhibits from all over the world .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It is a very interesting place for a person interested in navy, Spanish navy, in this particular case. Ship's models, guns, portraits of admirals, weapons, artifacts - go for it, they are all here! What I didn't like is that rooms are too small and it's hard to make pictures there. But if you're a fan - it's a #1... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Royal Danish Naval Museum is located in a small 4-storey building. Place a bit, but used very efficiently. Exposure decorated with love and care. In addition to the models of sailing ships and steam fleet and naval battles layouts, exhibits a real maritime paraphernalia from different historical periods. On the third floor recreated interiors submarine. There are a couple of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I'm not a fun of naval models but I think that this museum is very interesting expecially if you want to know the Spanish maritime history. Not models only, but outstanding pieces as the oldest existing cartographic item that maps the American continent. Unfortunately there are few lebels explaining and, in addition, they are in Spanish only. The price of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

So the Spanish Armada is the subject of dozens of Hollywood swash-bucklers, but in reality this country's navy deserves a museum like this - chock full of historical artwork and exhibits representing the resolve and endeavour of Spain's men afloat over the centuries. I must admit the exhibit was on a much larger scale than I was expecting. Multiple galleries... More 

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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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