A must in Madrid. There are also temporary exhibitions.
- Tues-Sat: 9,30-20,30 (9,30 am-8,30 pm)
- Sun and bank holidays: 9,30-14,30 (9,30 am-2,30 pm)
- Monday: Closed
Fees: 3,01 euros (20.02.2006)
Founded in 1867 during the reign of Isabel II, its collection contains pieces that encompass almost the whole of Spanish history, from the prehistoric era to the 19th century. The collection includes artefacts from the Iberian, Celtic, Greek, Egyptian, Punic, Roman, Paleolithic, Carthaginian, and Moslem cultures, the majority of which were excavated in Spain. One of the highlights are the fabulous treasures of the Visgoths along with La Dama de Elche and Dama de Baza.
Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30 - 20.30
Sunday and holydays: 9.30 - 14.30
Closed on Monday
Entrance Fee: 3 Euro
Its main attractions are some iberian culture pieces, like the "Dama de Elche" and a reproduction of the Altamira Caves that you will find in the gardens, at the left as you enter.
There are some interesting temporary exhibitions too.
Free entrance on saturday evenings and sunday mornings.
Closed on mondays.
The National Museum of Archeology may not be a prime sight for a lot of people visiting Madrid but I really enjoyed. Spain, with such a rich history, so naturally this museum based on its archeological artifacts is chalk full of interesting things to see for those who have even a minor interest in these subjects.
The artifects on display here date from prehistoric times to medieval times. Naturally there is an abundance of artifacts from Roman times on display. The museum also has a variety of decorative pieces from the Renaissance and baroque periods. The collection of Islamic relics is considered to be very important. Finally there is a recreation of some prehistoric rockpainting on the exterior that you can also view.
The museum is in a charming and large mansion and for my it seemed to be overflowing with artifacts on display.
Unfortunately the website that I have listed below is in Spanish only which is a shame because it looks pretty good. You lucky Spanish readers.
This is a very interesting and cheap museum. For 3 euros, you can wander the three floors and easily spend over 2 hours there, learning about the evolution of human life since the beginning of times until today.
The Museum of Archaeology and the National Library are both located in this stately building near Plaza Colon. I did not go inside, but if you are interested in prehistoric cave paintings, there is a replica of those located in Catabria and Altamira that you might be interested in seeing.
Founded by Royal Decree of Isabel II on March 20, 1867 the museum moved to its current site in 1895. It is worth a look if you are into that sort of thing (as I am). I particularly went there to see a reproduction of the Altimira caves as you have to book two years ahead to see the real thing. The Lady of Elche, over 25 centuries old, was another item that drew me. This bust is of unknown origin and poses interesting questions about same. The usual Egyptian sarcophagus, Greek amphorae and Roman sculptures are on show as well as a Moorish arch from the Aljaferia Palace in Zaragoza. The items are very well displayed and the place doesn't get the same crowds as the British Museum.
Very interesting museum, built in 1867 by Isabel-II
Don't miss : la dama de Baça (4thcentury BC, found in Granada) ,y la dama de Elche.
National Archeological Museum. This museum is a collection of historical items from prehistoric to medieval times.