Museo de Palencia

Palencia, Spain

The museum of Palencia is housed in the Casa del Cordón, a 16th-century Renaissance-style building. Inside it contains numerous items dating from prehistoric times through to the Middle Ages, as well as a large collection of remains from the Roman period. Highlights include the collection of Celtiberian objects found at the Monte Bernorio, Tariego and Palenzuela excavations.

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Founded: 1997
Category: Museums in Spain

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Enrique Negueruela Azarola (2 months ago)
Completely renovated. Worth
Juanan Sólo (2 months ago)
A good place to learn about the history of Palencia. It is a little gem quite unknown in Palencia. It is worth visiting before touring the entire province.
Victor Tobajas (3 months ago)
Very interesting. Many very curious things exposed. A great display of objects of all kinds. Jewelry Weapons Beads. little bits of history and not only of Roman history but of their ancestors the Iberians.
Ana Ferran Lopez (2 years ago)
I loved. I went with my family and had a great time.
Jesús Madrid (2 years ago)
Very good and free, but its hours are laughable.
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