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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
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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 must for History lovers

Madrid's Naval Museum is arguably the best museum in Spain regarding this topic. Located in a very central building in the noble district of the capital, it has got a remarkable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Madrid's Naval Museum is arguably the best museum in Spain regarding this topic. Located in a very central building in the noble district of the capital, it has got a remarkable collection of items related with Spanish quest overseas and a stunning assortment of ship models, from the Middle Age to Modern Times. The general atmosphere is quite luxurious and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Easy access with detailed audio description. Exhibits especially the models are awesome. Lovers of Spanish history, marine army and technology like streams won't be disappointed. Temporary exhibitions country be interesting with mine about myths of sea Odyssey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We spent a very interesting couple of hours at the museum. If you are interested in naval history or Spanish history well worth a trip. Entry was Euro 3 donation. The info signs are all in Spanish but for Euro 2 you can get an excellent audio guide in a variety of languages including English.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We’ve been at the museum with our two kids (7&9) and we all really enjoyed it. The kids especially liked all the items on display asked toms of questions. Luckily my wife speaks Spanish but I’d imagine as everything is explained in Spanish only, it’s a problem if you don’t speak the language. Besides this, the museum is highly recommendable... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Visited the naval museum today with my two boys (11 & 9) who thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the naval artefacts. Only downside was that there was no English translation, so it was a bit difficult to get a real understanding of Spanish Naval history. Being ex-Royal Navy it would've been really interesting to be able to read of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you enjoy ships or history, spend an hour at Madrid's Naval History Museum. I stumbled upon it while walking from the National Archeology Museum to the Prado. The Naval Museum is less than 5 minutes walking from the Prado. There are portraits of important historical figures and paintings of naval battles. More intersting for most of us, there are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

For centuries Spain ruled the world with the might of its navy. This museum as fascinating as a tracks the history of the Spanish Armada that conquered the world. If you like models that re-create the ships there are dozens of very large to scale we creations some of the most famous boats in the fleet. There is also a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Impressive and magnificent surprise. It provides a so broad description, descriptive and complete in terms of the theme of the occasion of the museum. Everything about the river and maritime navigation, fluvial expeditions of the Spaniards in sailing trips looking for species.You can see the inside of ships, the structure and even the captain room. It says free entry but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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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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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