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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
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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Historical Museum

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... read more

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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was a fascinating museum with many wonderful exhibits. Although we enjoyed everything we saw, this museum is not geared toward non-Spanish speakers or readers. All the signs were in Spanish only. One very important note, you will need your passport to enter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

In between the Prado Museum and Madrid's Royal Palace and it's Flamenco Tableaus, it's easy to forget that Spain, with Madrid as it's capital, was once The foremost Naval Power in the known world. This naval museum seeks to show Spain's entire naval history, through the Colonization period, both the World Wars and into the modern era. It's filled with... More 

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Ilford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It costs €3 to get in to the Museo Naval, and €2 for an audio guide (you will need this if you cannot read Spanish). Even if you have no interest in the Spanish Navy, there are many detailed exhibits that are genuinely interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It was one of the best collections of naval paintings, artifacts, models and history I may have ever visited. It was only 3 euros and it was an excellent collection of naval history of Spain. A nice and different attraction - one tip: you must have a passport to entry and it is guarded by the military.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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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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