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Museo de Altamira

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Address: Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola s/n | Santillana del Mar, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 942 81 80 05
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Great Cave Reconstruction

Got tickets online so skip the line and go to the main museum desk. Cave reconstruction was authentic. Read ahead if you speak English so you have the background. Ask about free... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2017
Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When I heard that the cave was a replica and not the real cave, I wasn't concerned. However The cave experience was nothing like being in a real cave, unless a cave is air-conditioned and climate controlled with lights everywhere. The experience is challenging for English speakers. There was no guided tour in English available. They rushed us through the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is free and very interactive for children. The entrance to the new cave (reproduction of the original) is fun and only 3€. The facilities are good, enough free parking space and a nice park to walk with beautiful views. I would highly recommend it.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Got tickets online so skip the line and go to the main museum desk. Cave reconstruction was authentic. Read ahead if you speak English so you have the background. Ask about free tickets if you are retired. May be free.

2 Thank bethbirder
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017

This renowned museum offers with its Neocave an exact copy of the original Altamira cave, discovered in 1868. It took until 1902 to have the scientific community to accept the fact that this Cave Art, mainly consisting of European Bisons, was made by man in the late Pleistocene, about 15.000 years ago. The museum is well designed, has great portable... More 

1 Thank Guido B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

I do agree with other reviewers who feel that the reproduction cave lacks atmosphere. That said one needs to appreciate that the real cave needs to be protected so perhaps a rather artificial glimpse is better than none.

1 Thank Arne S
Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017

You cannot visit the actual cave but the expedition was very well done, with a very accurate reproduction. Everything in English and explained our transition from 100,000 BC to today. It was an education to see how the paints were created, mixing up to 6 ingredients, applying heat and then surviving in a cave for 12,000 years! Incredible. It was... More 

1 Thank relaxee
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

This attraction is a facsimile of the real caves a few yards away but have been created to save the original one. It feels like a cave and depicts everything found in the real one.

1 Thank NicholasKeith
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

The cave became known prehistoric paintings on the walls and discovered by a hunter's daughter in 1868. It can be reached on foot in Santillana del Mar, it is a pleasant walk 2 kilometers during which you can admire nature. The cave is a delight by figures painted prehistoric cave. But ... you must kow: you will see a "reproduction"... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed December 28, 2016

My first visit to the Caves was in 1972. The Museum is OK but lacks a lot in resembling the actual Caves. The hike up from the town was bucolic and pretty. I wished the Museum had been better. The thrill for me was going to the old cave opening (that is now prohibited entry) and having good memories of... More 

3 Thank 460Maggie49
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

Being able to see the exact paintings and cave replications is awesome. Terrible staff would not let licensed guide talk with us about what we were seeing. Additionally the man stalked us through the gift shop and all the while we were in the museum. Go early in day to avoid crowds.

2 Thank Judy M

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