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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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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

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 wonderful display of the history of warfare

This museum maintains many of the artifacts from the Spanish navy which rules supreme for a century in European colonialization. The royal family has reserved uniforms, weaponry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Would not rate one of the must visit attractions in Madrid, would only recommend if you interested in these attractions.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum maintains many of the artifacts from the Spanish navy which rules supreme for a century in European colonialization. The royal family has reserved uniforms, weaponry and models of ships which were used in their rule. If you enjoy the history of war this is a must see!

Thank DanasTrip
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you go into this museum it appears to be quite small and you only pay a couple of euros to get in (autoguides are a bit extra) with children free. In fact there are a large number of separate rooms with each room succeding in chronological order and there is masses to see. For anyone with an interest in... More 

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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place, has millions of models of ships not only Spanish but from other countries, too. Everything is grouped by the history period. Has many artifacts from real ships, different ancient weapons, maps, devices, etc. The museum has audio-guides in several languages. The cost of entry is very cheap. Recommend for everybody.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across this museum by accident. Top class museum with a huge variety of interesting exhibits. Would definitely recommend.

Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is great. Despite the fact, that on the outside it looks creepy, it has large collection of everything: ship models - new and old, pictures, videos, documents, swords, guns, etc. And next to each of those long extensive explanation in Spanish, under which you have two words in English. Of course, I can understand that it may give... More 

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Sykesville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unimposing museum not far from the larger museums in Madrid. It is a short walk from the Prado. We entered on the ground floor where you must pass through security and a metal detector. The admission area is up the stairs on the 2nd floor. They say admission is free and we had a 24 hour Madrid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best attractions ever. Truly awesome and informative. Definitely worth a visit when in Madrid.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard about this museum on the hop on hop off bus. It really is worth a visit. Entrance is free but donations are appreciated. There is security at the entrance. The exhibits are really special and would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had been told this as a boring place and do not regret not to have followed the advices. If history interests you, this is a must. How to beter understand Spain's history than by gettign a close grap at its naval splendour - and decadence? two very well spent hours. and children loved it - when well explained!

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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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