National Archaeological Museum of Spain

Madrid, Spain

The National Archaeological Museum of Spain was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II as a depository for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographical and decorative art collections of the Spanish monarchs.

The museum was originally located in the Embajadores district of Madrid. In 1895, it moved to a building designed specifically to house it, a neoclassical design by architect Francisco Jareño, built from 1866 to 1892. In 1968, renovation and extension works considerably increased its area. The remodelled museum concentrates on its core archaeological role, rather than decorative arts.

The collection includes, among others, Prehistoric, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Greek and Roman antiquities and medieval (Visigothic, Islamic Spanish and Christian) objects.



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Founded: 1867
Category: Museums in Spain

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Bert Sanford (18 months ago)
Absolutely fabulous! Lots to see and learn about civilization in Iberia. Too much too see in one day. You start on the ground floor and move forward in time with each floor. The layout of the floors flows really well. Not at lot to keep young children interested, so plan accordingly. The cafeteria is reasonably price, with a good variety if food. For the €3.00 entry, this place is a steal and worth a visit.
Colby Evans (19 months ago)
Quiet during our Friday evening visit. 3 euros for adults, kids free. Nice displays on early humans and the history of coins and money. Educational and interesting.
Glenn A. Jaspart (19 months ago)
Good museum but the coin section is not very interesting. Also: some important information is missing from a lot of items displayed (such as dates and origins). Otherwise, it is fairly pleasant to wander in the museum. A lot of things to see and you can leave your bags in a locker room before you visit so you feel unencumbered.
Ozge Ozdemir (19 months ago)
Quite comprehensive collection, many items are well-explained, the interior light and architecture gives an open feeling to the visitor. Definitely worth visiting, even if you are in Madrid only for 3 days. One suggestion, though: While informing about millenia and humans' development, it would be better to indicate the civilizations that emerged in other parts of the world in parallel to (or much earlier than) those in Iberia. At least a note to remind that 1000 BC was already a highly developed era for other parts of the world, like Egypt, Asia and Middle East; and the timeline there is only for Europe. Looking at the timeline diagram at the entrance, a visitor, without any prior knowledge, might think that the worldwide civil human and sophisticated institutions started in last half of 1st millennium BC, whereas we have the solid phenomena of Sumerians, Egyptians, Hittites, China, India, etc.
Valina Tsikala (20 months ago)
Huge museum, huge variety of things to see, it will take you at least 3 hours to see everything. The installations are brand new, it is great for children, and in every room you will find a corner with replicas for blind people to touch. On the ground floor you will find super clean toilets and cabinets where you can leave you belongings. All these for a ticket of 3 euro, and children enter for free. No waiting lines, no crowds.
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