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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

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Address: Santillana Del Mar, 39330 , Spain
Phone Number: 942 818815
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9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

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This museum is situated just outside Santillana Del Mar about 2km. It was a wet day so we decided to visit the museum. We arrived early on the Sunday morning; queued for our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kev_235
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is situated just outside Santillana Del Mar about 2km. It was a wet day so we decided to visit the museum. We arrived early on the Sunday morning; queued for our tickets and was pleased to see it was free. Not sure if this was usual for Sundays or not. You are given a time slot for the... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent presentation but needed an exhibition where one could take a photo of the paintings, this was a disapointment

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Thank Mustang645
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10 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful museum but there's nothing available in English: - none of the crew speak a word of English nor do they try to - all of the signs and explanations are in Spanish and no English copies or guides are available Bring your student card if you have one, saves you 3 euros.

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Thank Maxim V
Hannover, Germany
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

IMHO, this place is not worth going to. For me it was like going to Disney World and nothing there was for real. The rebuild is just a copy and does not reflect the reality. There are no feelings in this tour. I certainly would not recommand going there but rather try to get into Cueva Covalanes. There is the... More 

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NYC
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158 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I was enjoying my meandering through the cave, admiring the paintings and marveling at the spaciousness of the exhibit when I was told that I was in a re-creation and the actual cave had been closed to the public to protect it. While it took the edge off the moment, the cave and the museum was and interesting and informative... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The real Altamira caves themselves are not on public view so the purpose-built museum contains facsimiles of the cave paintings. Entry to the exhibition of the reconstructed cave is by timed ticket. We turned up on time but were informed our group had already gone in and we would have to wait. Then we were told we couldn't watch the... More 

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Thank Siouxsie54
Bilbao, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Many tourists arrive via bus. They are allocated tickets on arrival at the same window as the casual tourists. There is one person selling tickets. After half An hour we have our tickets and a card advising when we can enter the exhibition . We dutifully lined up at the same time as tourists from a bus but as there... More 

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Thank 183gillian
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

It is understandable that visitors can no longer see the original paintings for preservation reasons. However the mock up is very badly staged. It does give an idea of the way the 3-dimensional effects were achieved but the actual material is poor.

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Seattle
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The original cave, closed to the public for a dozen years, is where the 36,000 year old cave drawings of animals were found. The replica seems very authentic and gives you a good feeling for what you would expect to find in the actual cave. The cave part of the presentation is short, but jammed with replicated drawings. Most interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

You can't moan about shelling out three euros for this. This is NOT the real prehistoric cave - the famous cavern and its beautiful neolithic art has been faithfully recreated in exhibit form. You can take a short walk from the reception to the top of the hill to see the entrance of the real cave (gentle slope for those... More 

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