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The museum was foundered in 1867 and relocated to the current building, adjacent to the library in 1895. It underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2014 and focuses on archaeological displays rather than the arts. It is one of many interesting and beautiful buildings in...More
We love old things and have seen some of the best museums in the world. This is not the biggest, but it is very well presented and layed out. Almost everything has an English translation. My wife and I both felt this was the best...More
A little hidden to the back of the huge State Library.
Outside but below ground is “Altamira’s” reproduced cave art.
Good little cafe/restaurant inside the entry.
We were surprised by free entry (65+).
Lots of great exhibits, see their “10 singular pieces” list.
I believe that the museum has recently been redeveloped and modernised at great expense and clearly very successfully indeed. Like many such buildings that have been revamped for the 21st century, entrance is from below and that gives on to the obligatory shop and extremely...More
The statues in the front were enough to keep my kids' attention. We went to the fourth floor and worked ourselves down. We know it would have been more sequential if we followed the signs but we normally like walking down through museums instead of...More
This museum is amongst the best archeological museum I've ever seen.
You need at least 4 hours and much longer if your really into this type of subject.
Madrid's nightlife , architecture and food is amazing. But it's also one of the world's great museum...More
This has to be one of the best archaeological museums that I have visited. The collection is exquisitely displayed highlighting significant periods in the history of the region from pre-historic times to the present. The display is well selected and manageable for the visitor unlike...More
This is a truly brilliant museum. The whole of the original building has been modernised with tasteful wooden floors and the original inner courtyard roofed over to create a wonderful open display area on the 2nd floor which is now presented as a roman forum...More