History Museums in Madrid

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History Museums in Madrid

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  • shana
    Madrid, Spain13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a great museum for anyone who enjoys exploring culture and history. I also thoroughly enjoyed the museum store and the temporary exhibit on the history of the Mediterranean diet. I would love to give the museum five stars, but I don’t want to mislead any parents with young children such as myself. I have a five year-old who liked the Egypt section with all the mummies, but quickly lost interest there after. If I would’ve been the only person there with no kids, this would’ve been easily five star
    Written June 20, 2024
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  • RichAdvisor
    Reston, VA2,031 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The naval museum was quite interesting— great model ships and historical explanations. More detail on some of the major battles would have been interesting.
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • Margie D
    York, PA1,715 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely museum in the house of Lope de Vega, famous Spanish playwright in the 1600's. Well taken care of with a beautiful garden that is open to visitors. If you wish to tour the house, reservations must be made in advance, either with email or phone call. Tours are no charge. Our guide was so knowledgeable - a delightful tour!
    Written October 30, 2023
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  • Hungry-Hedgehog-22
    St. Albans, UK56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but was disappointed that the history of Madrid appears to end at around 1900. I’m sure that the twentieth century history is worth documenting
    Written September 29, 2023
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  • sheepygold
    london5,375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I came here a few years ago and aside from the temporary exhibition leaflet nothing is in English and the museum hasn't changed since I came last other than the staff appear more friendly. There are however some amazing exhibits especially the gold treasures on the second floor (number 8 on the plan) which have to be seen to be believed. We spent a couple of hours here but you could easily spend more.
    Written April 1, 2023
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  • Robert G
    San Diego, CA37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nicely maintained old 1800s facility with an interesting collection, and my first visit to a European train museum. Had only an hour which my wife was thankful for, so viewed and photographed only the trains. But there are many side room exhibits which probably would have filled in on history of the facility. I have been to much bigger museums, but it was a satisfying and worthwhile visit.
    Written June 3, 2024
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  • Hilary M
    Whangarei, New Zealand216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely little museum with a lot of information about the history of Madrid back to prehistoric times. The building is pleasant and was easy to navigate. The exhibits were well organised.
    Written June 18, 2024
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK830,884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Catedral De La Almudena is a great looking cathedral building, beautiful to view ,a great example of Neo Gothic style architecture, very popular with tourists as its in the Pacaio De Real Madrid complex, there's a museum inside the cathedral that's quite interesting, all in all a great cathedral building to check out if you're planning a holiday to Madrid.
    Written August 25, 2023
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  • Angela L
    Istanbul, Türkiye9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to the gaming exhibition at Fundacion Canal and was blown away by the quality and size of the expo. I could have spent all day there, but kept it to 3 hours. For only 9 euros, I got a complete history of video games from the 1970s to the present with every single game available to play. I had a fantastic time. This location can't be missed and, though it's not in the city centre, is an easy trip by metro to Plaza de Castilla on the blue line.
    Written January 30, 2020
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The "Galería de las Colecciones Reales" (Royal Collections Gallery) is located in a modern building near the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace, overlooking the Campo del Moro park.
    Projects for the construction of this museum were presented in 1935, 1950, 1980, but it was only in 2002 that the new project was started, and the museum was officially opened in 2023.

    On display here are paintings, sculptures, tapestries, luxury objects, carriages and other artworks and historical pieces from the Spanish royal collection.

    The museum is huge, and there are 5 floors:
    - floor -3: temporary exhibitions and "el Cubo" (multimedia/virtual reality installation);
    - floor -2: art pieces from the period of the Bourbon dynasty;
    - floor -1: art pieces from the period of the Habsburg dynasty;
    - ground floor: entrance, cafeteria, museum shop, ticket office;
    - upper floor: auditorium and multi-purpose room.
    I happened to be there by chance on day when the entrance was free, and there was a very long waiting line.

    In this museum you can see artworks by (in random order): Caravaggio, El Greco, Lorenzo Tiepolo, Anton Rafael Mengs, Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Diego de Silva y Velasquez, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Louis-Michel van Loo, Rogier van der Weyden, Antoine Watteau, and many others
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • John
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant!!!! Looked after the whole way around and great museum for all - but if you a hint of a football fan this is a must! Thank you!
    Only suggestion would be to imply the gaming zone a bit - more interactive games maybe? Electronic keepers for penalty shootouts etc. but brilliant place to visit - enjoy!
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • brucetaylortravels
    Madrid, Spain493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small interesting museum is in the very heart of the Guardia Civil HQ in Madrid. It has 3 rooms: weapons, uniforms and miscellaneous artefacts. These artefacts include a series ¡of dioramas, miniature tableaux illustrating highlights of their fight against crime.

    The museum is free and open 09.00-14,00, Monday to Friday
    Written August 25, 2014
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  • Jonathan L
    London, UK59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wandering down a side street I stumbled across La Imprenta Municipal-Artes del Libro which is a building dedicated to the history of printing books which is open to the public.

    There is a permanent exhibition about the history of printing and graphic arts on the ground floor with an array of printing presses and machines dating from the mid-16th century. Looking at these cumbersome and labour intensive printing presses it makes you realize how we take today’s technology such as computers and lazer printers for granted. When I was visiting there was also a temporary exhibition about Clandestine Literature telling the history of illegal printing houses producing literature during Franco’s ban on book publishing.

    Entry is free and I would recommend a visit to this building if you are in the centre of Madrid. Indeed, stumbling upon this building was a lucky find - even if the temporary exhibition has finished the permanent exhibition is fascinating.

    The building is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 8pm and on Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The nearest Metros are Sol, Tirso de Molina and Latina.
    Written August 20, 2016
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