History Museums in Madrid

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History Museums in Madrid

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  • Con
    Edinburgh, UK67 contributions
    Visited on a week day morning - quite easy to walk to from the centre of Madrid. If you are following Google maps then note that it took us to the front of the library - the museum entrance is on the other side of the building from this.

    We weren’t originally going to come, but had some extra time and heard good things - we are very glad we did.

    This is an excellent archaeological museum - large impressive collections with informative displays, seeming to be mostly original pieces rather than reconstructions. Everything had an English translation, apart from the few “interactive” displays. The videos at the start of each section were very helpful too.

    As per previous reviews, the chronological floor plan can be a little confusing to follow, but this was not a major issue for us. We really enjoyed the wide range to see, and across different time periods.

    We spent about 2 hours in here, even with the second floor being shut. If we had spent more time reading each display, we could have easily spent twice as long there!

    Entry price is €3 which is really excellent value for money (again even with the second floor being shut).

    Very definitely worth a visit - would advise setting aside a few hours to make the most of it as the museum is huge!
    Written 6 September 2022
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  • Ksenia O
    4 contributions
    There is a big exhibition, we were happy to see such a good models of ships. There was not enough interactivity like maps, videos. So if you are not into the theme it will be quite hard to understand the history of naval
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • juangroger
    Madrid, Spain18 contributions
    Amazing experience! Check online so you don´t miss it out. Free admittance but you come out ith valuable information of the times and advantures of prolific playriter Lope de Vega. I wish you can have as a guide Mrs Gemma, very educational, learned on the matter and with lots of jab-dropping anecdotes to share! A visit worth repeating!
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • BrockDaBadger
    Texas2,472 contributions
    Very good museum about the history of Madrid. Free entry every day and very courteous staff - well worth a visit if in the central Madrid area.
    Written 29 June 2019
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  • AlexanderM_BG
    Sofia, Bulgaria73 contributions
    We visited the museum in early July - the entry is currently free because of the COVID situation. The exposition is interesting and is a rare occasion to meet the culture of the Americas in Europe. There are plenty of artifacts ordered by countries of origin. Many maps and schemes show the timeline of discovering the "new world".
    However - all the information is available only in Spanish which makes it hard if you know to go deeper in your understanding than just looking at the artifacts. It's a shame for such a big museum as we are talking about the permanent collection. One would say they have had a plenty of time to translate the information plates in English at least.
    In contrast, the temporary exposition we saw was about Miguel de la Quadra - Calcedo and it was really interesting to read about his inspiring life in English.
    However, i would recommend the museum to everyone. The fee is just 3 euros (and it will be free until at least the end of July). If you know a bit of Spanish - you would enjoy it even more.
    Written 8 July 2020
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  • JimFinPortland
    Seattle, WA144 contributions
    Like all train museums, it will be appreciated most by train nerds. There is a great collection of old locomotives, mostly steam engines. Plaques are in Spanish(Castilian) and English. Beyond the locomotives are a few (but not many) other cars. There are also some exhibits beyond the rolling stock in the side rooms.

    Lovely look at the old Delicias train station.

    I'm rating it a 4-5 for train nerds and a 3+ for everyone else.

    Note: if you've been the train museum in Gijon (and I suspect that most of you haven't), the Madrid museum has more rolling stock and fewer other exhibits. These two museums complement each other quite well.
    Written 1 December 2021
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  • MadridMetroReviewer
    Madrid, Spain41 contributions
    Worthwhile visit of an exibition about the holocaust - a lot of exhibits - mostly well known fotos and items - a small Spanish element and well put together
    Written 3 February 2019
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  • Boisenb
    Boise, ID366 contributions
    Both the palace and church in the same block. It is worth doing both but maybe do them on different days and explore the area around it. There are stairs to climb but worth the view. Wish more of the descriptions were also in English.
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • Scotty102
    Innerleithen, UK619 contributions
    Nice little free museum, nicely laid out and presented. Some interesting artefacts from very early Madrid onwards.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Vladimiramirela
    Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
    After a major restoration completed in 2007, it is now hosting the museum's study centre and library. It was closed at the time we were passing by and it did not seem to be open for tourists.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Vladimiramirela
    Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
    The museum is extraordinary and provides a unique experience, however, I was surprised to learn that corrida is still a live custom and well admired sport in an age when the circus and even the zoological gardens are under close scrutiny and potentially a dying type of attraction.
    I need to mention that an entrance ticket is quite pricey, compared to a visit to the Prado or any other such venue I have recently seen. Truth to be told, it is vey well organised and provides a complex and varied source of information. Nevertheless, it is hard to believe that it is not just a museum in these days. Corridas are actualy held periodically and the toreadors are regarded as national heroes.
    Written 20 January 2020
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  • Jonathan L
    London, UK60 contributions
    Wandering down a side street I stumbled across La Imprenta Municipal-Artes del Libro which is a building dedicated to the history of printing books which is open to the public.

    There is a permanent exhibition about the history of printing and graphic arts on the ground floor with an array of printing presses and machines dating from the mid-16th century. Looking at these cumbersome and labour intensive printing presses it makes you realize how we take today’s technology such as computers and lazer printers for granted. When I was visiting there was also a temporary exhibition about Clandestine Literature telling the history of illegal printing houses producing literature during Franco’s ban on book publishing.

    Entry is free and I would recommend a visit to this building if you are in the centre of Madrid. Indeed, stumbling upon this building was a lucky find - even if the temporary exhibition has finished the permanent exhibition is fascinating.

    The building is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 8pm and on Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The nearest Metros are Sol, Tirso de Molina and Latina.
    Written 20 August 2016
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  • brucetaylortravels
    Madrid, Spain444 contributions
    This small interesting museum is in the very heart of the Guardia Civil HQ in Madrid. It has 3 rooms: weapons, uniforms and miscellaneous artefacts. These artefacts include a series ¡of dioramas, miniature tableaux illustrating highlights of their fight against crime.

    The museum is free and open 09.00-14,00, Monday to Friday
    Written 25 August 2014
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