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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Juan Madrid (13 months ago)
This museum is my preferred in Madrid... is beatiful and has amazing expositions...
Julio Arias (13 months ago)
Amazing archeological museum located in a classic 1800s building
A Jones (14 months ago)
There were some interesting exhibits, but I agree with others that the staff is rude and that there are way too many pointless rules. Apparently one of them is that you are not allowed to stand still more than a few minutes or you will have to move. Even if (for example) you are standing in a quiet, out of the way corner with your baby in a stroller, trying to keep her chill and quiet for a few minutes so her dad can look around a bit. Why, you ask? Good question.
Helen Rickard (14 months ago)
Rude staff, enforcing pointless rules, including wearing your rucksack on the front when ABSOLUTELY EVERY exhibit is behind glass. I suppose you could accidentally bump into some monumental stone and graze yourself. Exhibits are mostly interesting but there's a lot of replicas. Staff to visitor ratio = 3:1 - so DON'T break the rules, they'll 'ave you.
Alison Kallstrom (14 months ago)
Entrance is around the back of the National Library. Great museum! Lots to see and free until the end of August 2020.
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