Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona

Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona

Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The building shown in the photo in the old town is currently under restoration and the best exhibits from the museum are on show in the Port area (opposite the Museum of the Port of Tarragona at Tinglado 4). There are some very interesting exhibits on show here and lots of information which is available in English, Spanish and Catalan. Well worth a visit. Be sure to also visit the early Christian necropolis which is included in your entry price and is a 10 minute walk away.
Written April 20, 2024
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permia
Ireland61,784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Unfortunately we only saw aspects of the grand main museum building in the Old Town. However, while it is under refurbishment, a selection of the treasure trove is housed here.

Tinglado 4 was a former passenger terminal in the port until 1986. From thereon it hosted cultural events, and now serves as temporary museum stand in.

Being the oldest Roman outpost on the Iberian peninsula, Tarraco has a fascinating back story from ancient times, plus many artefacts exemplifying this status.

An engaging series of exhibits shows off this great heritage.
Written March 18, 2023
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
The National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona is located in Tarragona and is one of the best archaeological museums in Spain. It is housed in a new 4 story building (built in 1960 by the architect Francesc Monrova) on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. The building's top three floors house the museum and the basement shows part of the original Roman wall. To make the museum fit into the rest of the square, stone was taken from the Medol quarry for the museum, the same stone that the Romans used. The museum has a large collection of Roman artifacts that include 25,000 pieces. Pottery and sculpture are in abundance. The sculpture includes busts of the Roman emperors and sculptures of the Roman gods Venus and Minerva. It also has a big collection of mosaics, some with very large dimensions. One of the mosaics is called the "Cap de Medusa", and this is a second century mosaic that is very beautiful and considered one of the most perfect Roman mosaics in Spain. This museum is really impressive.
Written April 27, 2012
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Nicolaev
Wirral17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We went Easter week one miserable day with children 7 and 11. To be honest it was just to stay dry but we ended up enjoying our time here. The hightlight is the view from the top over Tarragona, you get a good view of the amphitheatre and the town. Underneath there are some tunnels for the kids to explore. You can catch the mini train from the back exit which takes you round the town.
Written April 15, 2007
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Holfy
Saddleworth, UK92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This is a museum with some stunning exhibits from the high quality mosaics and sculptures to the everyday artifacts of Roman life. If you are content with simply admiring them this is a five-star attraction.

So what's the problem? Simply you cannot get any information about the exhibits unless you are a Catalan speaker! I understand the sensitivities vis-a-vis Castilian but this is a NATIONAL museum which attracts visitors from outside Catalunya.

Even worse was the response of the staff when I suggested an international language would be helpful. They pointed me to some information cards which give some information in English. However the photographs of the exhibits being described were simply grey squares! "There was a problem with the printer." I speak and read four international languages to a good standard but I felt excluded in this museum and resorted to simply looking.

If Sagrada Familia and Barcelona FC can do it why can't the museums - it was a similar story at the Archaeological Museum in Barcelona.
Written May 19, 2015
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Peter P
429 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
What a disappointment to find this important institution completely closed for who knows how many years, since it is one of the principal reasons to come to Tarragona!
Written September 7, 2019
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Jane
Beaconsfield, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Google maps sent us to the wrong place - it is now situated on the water's edge at the port. Lots of history given, in several languages. Easy to follow the history of Tarragona chronologically. Some fabulous remains.
Written February 1, 2019
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Dan F
San Diego, CA390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Great value and all within walking distance. There are probably 5 or 6 ancient roman sites in this former Roman Capital city that you can easily manage to see in a day. The Roman Theater, Roman Circus, Roman walls, forum and amphitheatre are the best things to see and easily managed by walking around the city. It really humbles you if you're from the USA as everything you see is older than our entire country. Made the statue of liberty (which we visited on the same trip to Spain) seem really anticlimactic. Way worth the $$.
Written January 8, 2014
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philski74
Swansea, UK281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
If you don't have any interest in history then this will seem like a waste of time and just an old building made of stone.
But if you like Roman history or have any knowledge of the Spanish Civil War then this is a good place to visit.
There are some nice bars and cafes in the area for those who want to sit it out.
It's inexpensive and has some interesting history. The view from the top is sensational.
Written July 29, 2019
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
The 4.50 entrance also includes entrance to the wonderful Necropolis (left this until the following week as it's on the other side of town )so keep the ticket in a safe place.
I believe this museum is due to close in February/March 2018 for renovations so I would urge you to visit if staying nearby.
I started on the top floor to see the breathtaking 'Fish Mosaic' -47 forms of marine life represented . Octopus ...lobster....keep counting. Look out for the beautiful bronze of 'El Negret' and the collection of objects from the Vila of Els Munts said to belong to Emperor Adria- funeral glass here to die for....
Don't miss the view from the huge picture window on the 1st Floor near the amphoras nor the mosaic of the Medusa with such tiny tiles.
The film presentation (in a number of languages) in the lovely theatre on the ground floor gives a fascinating account of Tarragona's history . Wonderful Roman coinage and sculpture on this floor as well.
Thanks to staff members Mar and Jacob who answered a lot of questions I had about the museum and its wonderful collection.
Written October 30, 2017
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