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“Pleasant and Informative”

Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes is located at the place where, according scholars, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's (1547-1616) family home was and where the litterateur was born and spent his early years. The different rooms of the building recreate the customs, tastes and daily activities of the 16th and 17th centuries, with the aim of feeling the presence of their inhabitants. The Museum also has an impressive collection of Cervantes' works from different periods and in different languages that are exhibited in the temporary exhibition room. The Museum provides a consolidated programme of activities of many different kinds: children's and adolescents' workshops, thematic visits, musical and theatrical performances, conferences, etc. The activities take place throughout the year, with special emphasis on dates that are important to the institution, such as International Book Day (April 23), Museum Night (May 18) and Cervantes Week (October 12).
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Highland, Maryland
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“Pleasant and Informative”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

A free and interesting interlude from tapa-ing. The house itself is charming, and the old copies of Don Quixote just fascinating. Well worth a 1/2 hour!

Visited June 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Worth a visit....”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

Call it serendipity. I went to Alcala de Henares on a whim. I was not disappointed.

So easy to go there by Cercanias train. In under an hour and for only €3.20 I was transportedd from Madrid's Atocha Renfe station to Alcala de Henares. From Plaza Cervantes, I searched for Casa Cervantes and was pleasantly surprised that the museum does not charge any admission fee. How refreshing,isn't it? Read about my experience here. http://marilil.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/39-madrid-blog-series-alcala-de-henares-via-cercanias/

Visited May 2012
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Winchcombe, UK
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“Small but perfectly formed”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Lovely small museo in building that Cervantes [author of Don Quixote] was born in.

On the main street - Calle Major.....alongside statues of Don Q & his trusty Sancho Panza.

And FREE! 45 mins of delight

Visited April 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Very Interesting Museum”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

The Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes is located at Calle Mayor, 48, and is the house where the writer Miguel de Cervantes was born in 1547and lived. The house has a typical Castilian construction with a patio surrounded by buildings. The house is furnished with 17th century furniture. What catches one's attention is the room where the ladies of the house were supposed to spend their time. It is devoid of furniture and has big pillows on the floor and a spinning wheel. The museum has old editions of Don Quixote. Outside the building on the sidewalk is a bench with bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the characters of Cervantes' book.

In 1948 the writer Luis Astrana Marin discovered that the house was where Cervantes was born. The City Hall acquired the property in 1954 to house the museum, which was inaugurated in 1956. Beforehand the building was restored and a garden was placed in front of it.

Visited June 2011
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Plymouth, Devon
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“Yet another visit”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

I brought a small group to see this property rebult in 1955, according to Boyd's Companion Guide to Madrid and Central Spain but clearly renovated in more recent times, 1997, I believe. They were as impressed as I have always been.

Visited March 2012
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