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Naval Museum

#50 of 1,382 things to do in Madrid
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Paseo del Prado
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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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A nice stop on Paseo del Prado

An enjoyable stop during the walk on Paseo del Prado, to/ from Prado. An ID check at the entrance, as the building belongs to the army. The rich history of Spanish naval power is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

An enjoyable stop during the walk on Paseo del Prado, to/ from Prado. An ID check at the entrance, as the building belongs to the army. The rich history of Spanish naval power is presented during old time to present, with plenty of very detailed ship models and other related stuff. At 3 euro entry fee, I did not expect... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Excellent collection of large models,maps, paintings, navigational tools, and weaponry. If you are interested the exploration of our seas over time or naval history this is well worth your time. I would allow about 90 minutes or so. More if you are a real navy buff. Get the audio guide as the explanations in enlglish are sparse to non existent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a lovely museum in which you can see the advances in shipbuilding and weaponry from the 15th century right up to the 20th century. You don't need to know any Spanish as there aren't many lengthy labels or boards to read - just room after room of the most intricate model ships, plus paintings of famous naval battles... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A Naval Museum in Madrid may sound as a joke, but it houses one of the best collections in the capital city. Ancient maps, models of ships, tales of adventure: everything is here near Cibeles fountain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Many other museums but this one is THE history of our Navy a log history on conquers and heroes , must see !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was definitely an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. Although wouldn't have been my favourite museum the guys in our group absolutely loved it so that's a plus! You need ID going into the building - we were able to use student cards so i think they'd accept anything with a photo!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A heaven for modellers..you'll see hundreds of ship models..furthermore, paintings, swords, etc. ( a lot of military antiques)..2 things can be improved in museum; 1- the audio guide explanations are too long sometimes for some artworks 2- written explanations are only in spanish for some artworks But anyway, a MUST see in my opunion if you're interested in naval history...

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

the museum is phenomenal. lots of display s and it's cheap. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes military museums and wants to save money

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We really liked this museum because of the quality of the collection, the originality of this thema (historical navy conquest of Spain, Portugal.. ) from Christopher Columbus period to nowaday. We recommend to take the audioguide because we didn't and missed some explanation even if we were able to understand the written explanation (mainly in spanish). We will certainly do... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went to this Museum on Columbus Day, so it was very busy. They only charged 3 euros and it's one of the best 3 euros ever spent! I walked every single exhibit and I really enjoyed the Fragata de las Mercedes temporary exhibition. Very interesting history, amazing models of the ships, everything is top quality, very detailed! I was wowed... 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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