Museo de Altamira

Museo de Altamira, Santillana del Mar: Hours, Address, Museo de Altamira Reviews: 4/5

Museo de Altamira
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Frivolous Diversion
Ventura, CA1 contribution
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You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal on your vacation to the Northern coast (entre Comillas a Santander, para no decir mas). For the price of three euros per adult you get about as many hours of edutainment, if you have to pay anything at all. There are, however, a few difference makers:

Firstly, Henar Pelayo was our guide, if you can get her I can pretty much guarantee you'll have the same great experience that we did on the tour. She really cares, wants you to ask questions and will spend as much time as is needed to answer them (which, without exaggeration, amounted to an extra hour in our case).

Secondly, it's the Museum of Altamira. If you aren't expecting to go inside the caves (which you shouldn't), you won't be disappointed. The exhibits contained English translations and detailed information complimenting that which was provided during the guided tour of the cave replica. The grounds are well groomed and beckon exploration as well.

Lastly, get there EARLY (a good strategy in general for this area, if you hate making advance reservations like I do). By early I mean hour(s), not minutes, before they open. We went on a weekday in August and got there an hour and a half before opening. We were the fourth couple in line which stretched farther than we could see down the block. We got there at 8:00am, ticket office opened at ~9:30am (they were a little tardy). The parking lot won't be open at that time but you can park on the sidewalk/footpath that leads to the gate (which the genuinely helpful and welcoming security guard outside will tell you when you arrive this early).
Written August 12, 2022
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mum5EastAnglia
Godmanchester, UK151 contributions
This was an interesting museum and we went on Sunday when it was free. The caves are no longer open to the public but there is a very good recreation of a cave interior complete with paintings.
Written August 11, 2022
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stevenenhilde
Antwerp, Belgium963 contributions
Back to the schoolperiod. The drawings of Altamira were in historybooks. Now we visited the replica in Altamira. This was our third try to get inside and we had a luck. On a sunday it isn't possible to pre-order tickets and for free. We had to wait one hour. Happy we did it!
Written July 20, 2022
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,093 contributions
Solo
This is an amazing museum on Prehistoric times. The most interesting thing is the Altamira replica and the guide visit. It explains how the Prehistoric people lived in Altamira, the cave paintings and their symbols, and the style of live during the Paleolithic period. It is worthwhile the visit. It is located a few miles from Santillana.
Written June 18, 2022
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland626 contributions
What a fascinating story of discovery in this excellent museum. Begins with a short video and then into the cave replica that really does give one the feel of the caves and art. Rest of the museum documents the past archaeological finds with artifacts, narrative texts, and videos. Good coverage of discoveries in other locations and the evolution of man. Lovely gift shop with a variety of souvenir objects. Kudos to the museum designers. Would not miss this experience.
Written June 13, 2022
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loulourella
London, UK20 contributions
While visiting Asturias and Cantabria in May I visited several prehistoric museums. Over many years I've visted loads more. Altamira is one of the best ever, not only for its evocative replica, but for the way it interprets the site and prehistory in general. I really love the way they brought ethnography into the narrative of how people of the Upper Palaeolithic would have lived (in other words, evidence from more recent hunter-gatherer societies as well as those still in existence that can be used to suggest similar practices). Not many museums delve into this aspect of anthropology, which is what brings the UP to life. I was also very impressed by the part of the permanent exhibit that highlights other UP sites in the area. The theory is that each site could have been exploited for different resources, whereas Altamira seemed to be a place of special significance where people would occasionally meet from miles around. Here you can see lots of real artefacts instead of copies. To be able to really enjoy a museum like this you have to be able to put in time and effort, to immense yourself in the information. Don't rush it. I found it hard to pull myself away, especially after being able to glimpse the solid door at the entrance to the real cave a short distance away. It is located in a completely unremarkable landscape compared to other caves, yet to know this treasure still exists behind it is enough for me. The only disappointment was the guidebook. I would have liked to purchase a more comprehensive account of the entire Altamira story with lots more detail but none was available.
Written May 30, 2022
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TravelLovers2
United States3,973 contributions
We enjoyed visiting this place. Not as much as we expected, but it was nice to visit and bring home some souvenirs.
Written May 28, 2022
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Paul Atreides U
Palo Alto, CA19 contributions

Although it is a replica, it is the only option available since the original caves have a waiting list of 23 years. Everything very organized, the souvenir shop very good.
Written May 20, 2022
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Gerry M
Tullamore, Ireland57 contributions
Couples
Brilliant experience, and interpretation of an amazing location. We had not booked, but were accommodated without fuss. A wet Saturday afternoon well spent! Facilities were exceptional, and unexpectedly senior citizens were free.
Written April 23, 2022
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LonelyPlanet1225
Denver, CO109 contributions
My husband is a history buff and really wanted to go here, so we made a special dash/detour on the Camino Norte to visit. The museum was modern, nice and had great displays. The cave "reproduction" was very nice and you could really appreciate what it must have been like for 8 year old child who stumbled upon the original cave.
Written January 4, 2022
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Written January 11, 2022
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