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Naval Museum

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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
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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
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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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Very nice museum. The entrance is just 3 € per person, but honestly it's very cheap for the artifacts being displayed in this Museum. If you are a naval history freak don't miss... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Nikitakis
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Heraklion Crete
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Heraklion Crete
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice museum. The entrance is just 3 € per person, but honestly it's very cheap for the artifacts being displayed in this Museum. If you are a naval history freak don't miss it. Something that you don't see every day. As well in display the first map from America's exploration . Don't miss it.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We actually saw just the beginning of the museum as the people in the desk asked us to give some money although it was written that it was free. So we left. It looked very dark and sleepy inside. When a place is written free, it must be free. They can not charge and offer unless you want to give.

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spain has one of the great nav histories of the world and an average naval museum at best. The museum consists of a lot of painting and models of old ships plus guns and swords. For 3 euros it is worth the trip but if you are expecting a lot, you may be disappointed. One note, while most other museums... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the museum is free, the donation of 3€ is expected. The entrance is on Paseo de Prado and there is parking nearby on Calle de Montalban. Inside the museum, there is some information in English although not on all exhibits. We didn’t find any refreshments although there are toilets. Unusually for a Spanish museum, the civil war is mentioned... More 

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Houston, Texas
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Any history buff or naval enthusiast will find this an intriguing museum well worth a visit! I recommend stopping by!

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Thank Dee M
Macroom, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a most important visit for any traveller to Madrid, for it demonstrates how Spain became the first global power across the continents and how Spanish became the second language and influence of the world.

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Thank James F
Zaragoza, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This Museum, is fantastic a great surprise because it is in a City without Sea. Spain has a beautiful and very rich naval story and pieces to be seen here.

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Somerset England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

A brilliant museum for those interested in all things nautical.Well laid out and not crowded.The models are superb and you can get up really close to them.

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Thank Twomiddleagers973
Newcastle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We loved this museum. There is a such a wide variety od artifact, weaponry, uniforms, mast heads, ship parts and models, cannons and ammunition, banners, flags etc etc etc. If you love all things marine, you should go there.

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A state atttraction, and all the worse for being run with little imagination or innovation. Filled with models of long lost naval ships and other military remnants, interesting for buffs but not really for kids or folk with only a passing interest. Go to Greenwich in London to see how it should be done.

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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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