National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum
4.5
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Works dating mostly from Hispanic prehistory to the Modern Age, but it also includes some other cultural remains: Greek, Etruscan, Roman and various South American cultures.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Serrano • 4 min walk
  • Colón • 4 min walk
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  • Mark L
    Evans, Georgia507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can get lost in there. Very good exhibits. Spent a lot of time
    It has great exhibits and we ended up spending a lot of time. Their app doesn’t work which is unfortunate but they do have placards in English as well to follow along. Lots of historical Hispania and early Spain. Enjoyed it. May not be as good for little ones but teens would like it
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
  • AthinaM_Al
    Athens, Greece301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended
    I really love archeological museums, though, as a Greek, it's always funny to visit other "national" archeological museums and see a whole floor dedicated to greek and Egyptian antiquities. In any case, very nice exhibitions with finds from the Iberian peninsula but not limited to it, providing a nice overview of Spain's evolution. Beautifully lit place, all in all would recommend visiting. Also only 3euros general admission.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 May 2023
  • mtkat
    Chicago's North Shore, Illinois21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum and History of the Iberian Peninsula
    Fantastic museum located in the trendy Salamanca District of Madrid. We went on International Museum Day so admission was free. Surprisingly, the museum was not crowded. Most of the signage is in English and provide complete and accurate translations of the Spanish. Short videos throughout the museum provide good information with English sub-titles. The 2nd floor was closed when we visited but we spent a good 4 hours on just the first two floors which went through the 15th Century. It is walking distance from El Retiro Park and close to multiple buses stops and train stations.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • hegelbagel
    Portland, Oregon76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reasonably Priced in a Fashionable Neighborhood - Archaeological Museum is Worth a Visit
    Excellently curated museum on the history of humans in Spain. As others have pointed out, be sure to watch the introductory video on changes in cultures and eras on the Iberian Peninsula, right when you walk in. Great recreation videos, some with narration, some without, showing how various tools (ax, containers, sword) were made during different time periods. My fourteen year old son is not a history buff, but we stayed for almost two hours. The mosaic rooms near the end are a highlight, too.
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe3,150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well organized fantastic collection
    This huge museum is located in Calle de Serrano, near the Puerta de Alcala. We did not buy our tickets online, but we did not have to wait, there was no crowd at all. We spent several hours in the museum viewing the displayed artefacts at a leisurely pace. Everything is very meticulously organized. On the ground floor, there are artefacts from prehistoric times, the first floor is devoted to protohistory, the Iberian peninsula in Roman times, the late antiquity and the medieval Al Andalus. On the second floor, there are objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia and Greece. It is almost impossible to select the most memorable object, we have several of them, but the most iconic is certainly the beautiful bust of The Lady of Elche!
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Wendy M
    Brisbane, Australia586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite place to visit when in Madrid
    This is a magnificent museum that covers a vast history. We were amazed by the treasures they have on display. This is not a place that can be covered quickly although if rushed for time then perhaps look at one floor. The small cost of admission 3Euros is amazing given the vastness of this museum. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written 17 October 2023
  • patjaniak
    Warsaw, Poland176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bronzer age exhibitions and others
    We have great opportunity to see IT for free (after 2 p.m. in saturday) but IT is a great place so if toy plan to go there on normal day, IT is worth. First there are nice 'classic' exhibition'. Especially bronzer age, and Roman age. Poor i didn't notice too many visigot era objects. One floor was under construction (middle age) but still great museum in really amazing building
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, Maryland125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and interesting afternoon!
    Not as much of a “must see” as the nearby Prado, but this museum offers a nice afternoon or morning alternative experience that is educational and interesting for all ages. When I walked up to the ticket office, I was pleasantly surprised that there was no museum charge. How they fund the museum and its wonderful treasures and artifacts, all presented in a modern manner that doesn’t seem dated, is beyond me. The museum’s three floors are chronologically themed. The first floor explores the origins of human life and also how the first Homo sapiens arrived on the Iberian peninsula. The second floor deals more with how cultures came to inform life in Spain including the influences of Roman Empire. The place was closing so we were unable to catch the third floor. A well stocked museum shop and lots of benches sprinkled throughout the exhibits offer a nice respite.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States5,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Collection
    This museum was a wealth of information and artifacts that spanned over time and civilizations. We only spent about two hours inside but one could surely have stayed longer. The museum did a great job curating its displays and including lots of details. Signage was in both English and Spanish. One of my favorites was the Lady of Baza more for its uniqueness but the mosaics room was also quite beautiful to see.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,018 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This museum was a wealth of information and artifacts that spanned over time and civilizations.

We only spent about two hours inside but one could surely have stayed longer.

The museum did a great job curating its displays and including lots of details. Signage was in both English and Spanish.

One of my favorites was the Lady of Baza more for its uniqueness but the mosaics room was also quite beautiful to see.
Written 17 February 2024
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Moinoniin
Birmingham, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
A complete revelation! I had a ‘basic’ knowledge of Iberian history (that started with the Romans in Taraco)… but the three ‘Damas grandes’ that predate that are worth the 3 € entrance fee, alone!
Written 28 January 2024
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Cavalier1994
Bethesda, MD125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Not as much of a “must see” as the nearby Prado, but this museum offers a nice afternoon or morning alternative experience that is educational and interesting for all ages. When I walked up to the ticket office, I was pleasantly surprised that there was no museum charge. How they fund the museum and its wonderful treasures and artifacts, all presented in a modern manner that doesn’t seem dated, is beyond me. The museum’s three floors are chronologically themed. The first floor explores the origins of human life and also how the first Homo sapiens arrived on the Iberian peninsula. The second floor deals more with how cultures came to inform life in Spain including the influences of Roman Empire. The place was closing so we were unable to catch the third floor. A well stocked museum shop and lots of benches sprinkled throughout the exhibits offer a nice respite.
Written 17 January 2024
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patjaniak
Warsaw, Poland176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We have great opportunity to see IT for free (after 2 p.m. in saturday) but IT is a great place so if toy plan to go there on normal day, IT is worth.

First there are nice 'classic' exhibition'. Especially bronzer age, and Roman age. Poor i didn't notice too many visigot era objects.
One floor was under construction (middle age) but still great museum in really amazing building
Written 10 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Snodes
London, UK130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I really liked this museum - there’s a nice collection of ancient “stuff” and some wonderful Bronze Age art if acts from the islands - the female statues are stunning. Make sure you watch the film about protecting the assets during the Civil War bombing, it’s really interesting. Bit tricky to know what way to walk round and no coffee shop but neither a problem.
Written 6 November 2023
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Wendy M
Brisbane, Australia586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a magnificent museum that covers a vast history. We were amazed by the treasures they have on display. This is not a place that can be covered quickly although if rushed for time then perhaps look at one floor. The small cost of admission 3Euros is amazing given the vastness of this museum. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 17 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Seeking True Quality
Europe3,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This huge museum is located in Calle de Serrano, near the Puerta de Alcala. We did not buy our tickets online, but we did not have to wait, there was no crowd at all.

We spent several hours in the museum viewing the displayed artefacts at a leisurely pace. Everything is very meticulously organized. On the ground floor, there are artefacts from prehistoric times, the first floor is devoted to protohistory, the Iberian peninsula in Roman times, the late antiquity and the medieval Al Andalus. On the second floor, there are objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia and Greece.

It is almost impossible to select the most memorable object, we have several of them, but the most iconic is certainly the beautiful bust of The Lady of Elche!
Written 29 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fernando
Porto, Portugal10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This museum has a very interesting and varied collection, with objects from different cultures and eras of history.
Written 12 September 2023
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JJJC_Family
Virginia810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great collection in a great building, it’s a joy to saunter through. Really fantastic exhibits. I particularly like the marvelous mosaics that were in wonderful condition. Even if you are not an archaeology fan, you will still enjoy the beautiful pieces on display. They are eye candy. It’s also close to Palacio de Cibeles, which is also very much worth seeing. So you get a two-fer. Every time I visit Madrid, I find some place else to see.
Written 17 August 2023
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hegelbagel
Portland, OR76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellently curated museum on the history of humans in Spain. As others have pointed out, be sure to watch the introductory video on changes in cultures and eras on the Iberian Peninsula, right when you walk in.
Great recreation videos, some with narration, some without, showing how various tools (ax, containers, sword) were made during different time periods. My fourteen year old son is not a history buff, but we stayed for almost two hours.
The mosaic rooms near the end are a highlight, too.
Written 28 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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