Museo Naval, Madrid

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    Museo Naval or navy museum

    by gwened Written Feb 24, 2013
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    a wonderful museum of naval history, and who wants to see the Spanish Armada, of course from Spain's point of view.
    The museum is divided into sections such as
    history of the Spanish navy
    Naval construction
    the nautical sciences, cosmography, cartography and instruments
    the history of maritime discovery ,trips, navigation
    the subaquatic archeology
    the inmaterial marine heritage

    The history of the museum goes back to 1792 when the idea of setting one up in Cadiz took place;from king Carlos IV, it then move to queen Isabel II, that finally opens the museum at the palace or palacio de consejos at calle Mayor in October 19 1843. In 1845 as the objects were growing to show, it was moved to the Casa del Platero at calle Bailén; where again it was moved in 1853 to the house of Manuel Godoy, or Palacio de los Ministros(palace of the ministries) , next to the current Senate today. In 1930 a royal decree created the Royal patronage of the Museo Naval in which king Alfonso XIII will be its president of honor. In 1932,the museum again was moved to the newly built Ministry of the navy or Ministerio de Marina,which the current building of the Army in nearby calle de Montalban (see photo here); you have over 10 500 pieces shown at the museum a world of naval history .

    The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 19h, easy contact email:
    the museum is free.

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    Museo Naval Madrid

    by breughel Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    74 canons ship.

    On the Paseo del Prado there is a remarkable Naval Museum; in my opinion one of the best in Europe with the maritime museums of Amsterdam, London-Greenwich, Paris-Trocadero and Lisabon-Belem.

    The museum shows following aspects of Spain maritime history in a nice décor over 24 rooms:
    1. Main Hall
    2. Catholic Monarchs (1474-1517).
    3. The Habsburg Monarchs (1517-1700).
    4. The reign of King Philip V. (First period) (1700-1724).
    5. The reigns of King Philip V (Second period) and Fernando VI (1724- 1759).
    6. The reign of Kings Charles III and Charles IV until the battle of Trafalgar (1759-1805).
    7. Vestibule of Honor.
    8. Temporary Exhibitions.
    9. Shipyards and Spanish naval construction in the 18th century.
    This is the largest room and my favoured one with a magnificent collection of models of ships. Amongst these notable for their beauty and historic value are the frigate “Diana” and the ships “San Genaro”, “Real Borbon” and a ship with 74 cannons built following the French system established by Gautier.
    10. Nautical Sciences (16th to 18th centuries).
    11. The Director’s Cabin.
    12. The Boardroom.
    13. Geographical discoveries (from the 15th century to the 18th century).
    14. Trafalgar (1805-1808), Peninsular War (1808-1814) and the reign of Ferdinand VII (1814-1833).
    15. Marine Science (19th century).
    16. Arms and Ethnography (19th century).
    17. The Campaigns of Cuba, Santo Domingo and Africa (19th century).
    18. The Philippines (19th century).
    19. The reign of Queen Isabella II (1843-1868).
    20. The reign of Amadeo I, the First Republic, the reign of Alfonso XII and the regency of María Cristina of Austria (1870-1902).
    21. Spanish Naval construction in the 19th and 20th centuries (1833-1931).
    22. The reign of Alfonso XIII (1902-1931).
    23. The Second Republic and Civil War (1931-1939).
    24. The leadership of Francisco Franco (1939-1975

    If you never visited a maritime museum start with this one (admission free) you will become a passionate amateur. The museum is located in a building of the Navy department. Control by the military.

    Opening Times: 10.00 - 14.00 h
    Monday: closed. In August closed.
    Saturday & Sunday: Free guided tours at 11.30 h
    Admission Free.
    Check for opening days. Tel: 91 523 87 89


    Madrid possède un remarquable musée naval qui se visite avec plaisir. Beau décor et mise en valeur réussie de l'histoire maritime souvent glorieuse du royaume d'Espagne.
    Les amateurs de maquettes anciennes de voiliers seront ravis.
    Le musée sur la Paseo del Prado se trouve dans un bâtiment de la Real Armada - amirauté espagnole. L'entrée est gratuite, le contrôle se fait par des militaires de la marine. J'ai visité deux fois ce musée et je peux dire qu'il se range parmi les meilleurs musées maritimes européens avec ceux de Paris-Trocadero, Amsterdam, London-Greenwich et Lisbonne-Belem.

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    by JBiswas Written Jul 17, 2007

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    Because this museum is military property, you will not be allowed in without an official ID, like a passport or driver's license. The guard at the door will not accept a photocopy. I learned this the hard way, and had to go all the way back to my hotel to get my passport, which wasn't close by.

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  • Museo Naval

    by ger4444 Written Oct 13, 2006

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    This museum shows the rich naval history of spain displaying doznes of artefacts, maps, models, globes, weapons, and tells all about the conquest of the New World. Of particular interest is a map originally drwn for Fernand, on which America is to be seen for the firts time in the history of mapdrawing.

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    Museo Naval

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 9, 2006

    This is a unique museum in Spain illustrating the maritime history of our country since the Gran Armada to the Battle of Trafalgar.
    There are also paintings and items related with the navigation world (weapons, maps, etc.).
    It is located close to the Museo del Prado.

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    Museo Naval (Navy Museum)

    by Redang Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Museo Naval (Madrid, Spain)

    A journay through the Spanish History of Navy.

    Opening hours:
    - Tues-Sun: 10,00-14,00 (10,00 am-2,00 pm)
    - Mon: Closed

    Admission free. There are also free guided tours on Saturday and Sunday at 11,00 am.

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