Museo Arqueologico Nacional

Calle Serrano 13, Madrid


The National Archaeological Museum of Spain is located in the capital city of Madrid. The museum represents a variety of exhibits from Spain and abroad from prehistoric times up to Renaissance period. It is housed in a neoclassical building. The rooftop of the building hosts Madrid’s National Library.
The Archaeological Museum was established in 1867 by the Royal Family. Archaeological and ethnographic objects collected by the Spanish monarchs served as a base for museum’s collection.
Here you can find examples of religious art and many ancient sacred artifacts. The highlight of exhibition is a replica of prehistoric cave paintings found in Cantabria, northern Spain. The replica depicts bison, horses and boars. You cannot access the original as it might be damaged.
Another prominent exhibit is Lady of Elx (La Dama de Elche in Spanish), a bust of an Iberian woman from 5th century BC.
The exhibition also contains Greek vases, Roman mosaics and various exhibits from Ibiza and Rome.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:30 - 15:00

  • Tue

    09:30 - 20:00

  • Wed

    09:30 - 20:00

  • Thu

    09:30 - 20:00

  • Fri

    09:30 - 20:00

  • Sat

    09:30 - 20:00

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  • Niss

    - 19 August 2018 -

    Really nice museum, great building which in some ways was the highlight. We went through every floor and this took about 2 hours. The museum has very nicely animated videos at various points, with English and Spanish subtitles. There are also GearVR points throughout. It was very quiet at non-free times so free entry on Saturday and Sunday afternoons recommended.

  • Rick Ortiz

    - 19 August 2018 -

    Beautiful museum with so much history. The exhibit on currency is so contemporary. Lots of benches for resting. Free entrance & education on Sundays, go early !!! Water fountain near exit (save empty bottle...)

  • Kristen Rawlinson

    - 12 August 2018 -

    One of my favourite museums that I have visited. Each room has television screens explaining the early history of humankind. There are a multitude of items, including human bones and early weaponary. You could easily spend a couple of hours here. The tickets are pretty cheap to.

  • Hugo Corripio-Lopez

    - 20 July 2018 -

    This is a remarkable place. Audio guides are available but if you can afford a real guide, it is worth the money. A great morning and I would recommend a beer with tapas ready for a siesta...

  • David Yeates

    - 12 July 2018 -

    Great place to visit. Plenty of space so you never feel crowded or unable to see the exhibits. Displays well laid out with English translations on all of them and subtitles for all the videos. We only had 3 hours free and wished we had more as there were some areas we did not have time to visit. At only 3 euros, well worth the money, as indeed was the cafeteria where a very good coffee and cake only cost the same.

  • Michael Sonnenberg

    - 10 July 2018 -

    Great museum of both the pre-history of Humans and the history of Spain. If you like to read everything, give yourself a few hours to go through everything. Well organized in a chronological manner. I was surprised they didn't mention the Spanish Inquisition, assuming I didn't miss that. Note, this review is in English (I am from the USA - not Spain). Nearly all the displays have both Spanish and English explanations.

  • David Ryan Henry

    - 12 June 2018 -

    Very neat. You learn a lot about the Iberian Peninsula’s history and represented artifacts from various time periods. This is a huge space and everything flows well together. It’s also not full of tourists and is free. Even better ! Definitely see this if you are in Madrid.

  • Jon Anselmi

    - 05 June 2018 -

    Great museum to learn about roman history in Spain and the iberian settlers. Outstanding multimedia integration. Great if you go alone or with a group. Very family friendly.

  • Jeffery Davis

    - 31 May 2018 -

    If you are looking for a modern concept of museum this is the one you shouldn’t skip. It contains (almost) all the most important archeological remains in Spain but you never have the impression it’s packed with them because the remains in display are the most relevant ones of that period. We recommend a two-day visit if you really fancy Spanish history and archeology, which is worth paying since the entrance ticket is pretty cheap.

  • Gerard Fleming

    - 21 May 2018 -

    Free to visit. Really enjoyed especially prehistory as you will see the Roman part in Italy, the church part in churches through out Europe and so forth. But prehistory is not to easy to see easily.... You could easily spend 2 days here if you were to watch all videos.

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