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Museo Arqueologico Nacional

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Barrio de Salamanca
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Address: Calle Serrano 13, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 915 77 79 12
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09:30 - 20:00
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Sun 09:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also...

Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also includes some other cultural remains: Greek, Etruscan, Roman and various South American cultures.

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I cannot recommend this museum highly enough!

I enjoyed this museum more than the Prado and Reina Sofia together (and I loved both of those museums)! I think it would be good for people who normally don't like museums - and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed this museum more than the Prado and Reina Sofia together (and I loved both of those museums)! I think it would be good for people who normally don't like museums - and would be great for kids. It gives a truly comprehensive and well organized presentation of Spanish history- from prehistory, through the iron age, Rome, the Middle... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well presented history of human development. A lot to take in so set aside 2 to 3 hours to get round. Worth looking at the videos throughout the museum that give a flavour of what life would have been like.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is overlooked by tourists, but it’s quality is up there with the top museums of Madrid (El Prado, etc.). If you like museums and time permitting, I recommend you include this one in your Madrid travel plans. Museo Nacional de Arqueologia has plenty of interesting exhibits, guides you through periods in the history of Spain, and for sure,... More 

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Rego Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a state-of-the-art great museum with a spectacular collection of ancient and medieval objects set in modern displays. The wall texts are in Spanish and English (although the English is in faint type and is hard to read) so you can navigate the museum easily. I found that almost no one in the museum speaks English, so if you... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised at how large and inclusive this museum is, especially considering the low €3 entry fee! The museum starts at the beginning of human history, and includes many superb items on display from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian civilization. If history and archeology is your thing, plan on spending several hours here. My only complaint was that the WiFi... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum in its final two hours before closing and gained entry for free as we were students. The museum wasn't busy due to the time of our visit so we were able to walk around the the exhibits at our own pace. The exhibits contained some interesting information and artefacts, however some of the descriptions and explanations... More 

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Thank Aimée N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit on a hot day, cheap, but nothing special. The information on Spain's origins and history is excellent, if that's what you are interested in

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't understand some of the review here, it's a solid 5 star museum. Almost every description comes with English translation and admission plus audio guide is cheap. Just 5 euros for both. I came here twice, one 4 hours another 6 hours visit, and I still didn't cover them all. Apart from the history of Spain, there are also... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1st time to this museum and it is excellent with many special pieces from the Roman Hispania. It can be more enjoyable if they have more English explanation. Highly recommended...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum in the heart of Madrid ll let u know more about the life in Spain and out of Spain Greece Muslims christians etc and u ll know about the civilizations that came to Spain and how they effected Spain and the ppl of Spain and what they did romans , Muslims,christians etc You ll learn watch see talk... More 

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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