Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria

Santander, Spain

Cantabria Prehistory and Archaeology Museum conserves all the artefacts and remains recovered by archaeological excavations in the region. It therefore has collections of stone and bone objects from all the decorated caves, such as La Garma, Altamira, El Castillo and El Pendo.

The Museum was founded in the early twentieth century with the material collected mainly by J. Carballo. It was initially located in Sobrellano Palace in Comillas, and officially opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1926. Its collections have increased each year with the artefacts of all ages recovered by archaeological excavations in Cantabria. However, the specialisation of regional archaeology in Palaeolithic sites has led to this period of prehistory being represented by a large sample of objects.

The museum is divided into two parts: Prehistory and History. The first part is given the largest exhibition space. It can be visited from different viewpoints: on one hand, the evolution in stone tools and therefore material culture and technical process can be appreciated, while on the other, a selection of the main collections from caves in the region, and the periods each one represents, can be studied. The greatest importance is given to the Palaeolithic, but other prehistoric periods and ancient History, particularly the Roman Age and the Middle Ages, are also exhibited.



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Founded: 1926
Category: Museums in Spain

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Nicola UK (7 months ago)
A really fantastic museum - the interactive displays (in a range of languages) are clear, helpful and informative. It has lots for children too and little interactive quizzes. The amount of stunning artefacts is incredible. We visited after going to the Cuevas de Castillo and it was really relevant. I thought 4 euros was excellent value (although I think it’s free on Sunday afternoons). Amazing!
Alexandru Nistor (7 months ago)
The Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria is an absolute must-visit for anyone interested in these fascinating fields. As soon as you enter, you are transported back in time through exhibitions spanning the Paleolithic to Iron Age. The impressive collection boasts artifacts like cave paintings, tools, weapons, jewelry, and more that provide insight into the lives of Cantabria's early inhabitants. What really brings the exhibits to life are the informative plaques detailing the significance and context of each item along with vivid multimedia displays. The museum outlines the region's rich archaeological heritage in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner. The expansive grounds also include partial reproductions of ancient caves and tombs for an immersive experience. Whether you're a scholar, student, or simply intrigued by history, the sheer breadth and quality of the museum's contents will leave you wondering. The care taken in curating and presenting Cantabria's prehistoric treasures is evident. Don't miss the chance to visit this first-class cultural institution that so thoroughly honors the region's past.
Howard N Hughes (8 months ago)
Fantastic museum that takes you through from prehistoric monolithic to medieval times. Well worth the admission price, which for a senior is €1. Standard admission is €3 which again for what you are getting is excellent value. Check opening days and hours before you go.
S H (9 months ago)
Well presented museum with English signage. Many interactive displays, all in working order (kind of uncommon in smaller museums, sadly). €4 entrance fee. Spent probably 90 minutes there. Pairs nicely with a visit to one of Cantabria's cave sites.
Richard Farrell (11 months ago)
It is a clean and well presented place but definitely not worth near 9 euros. It highlights are bone and stones from the local region. Displays are spoken in english, spainish. Overall you may spend up tp 45 mins there
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