Military Museums in Madrid

Military Museums in Madrid, Spain

Military Museums in Madrid

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  • TheAviator0765
    Ripon, UK421 contributions
    If you have more than a passing interest in aviation history, and are in the Madrid area, this is an essential visit.

    I drove there; although GPS will happily direct you, it's a bit of a late -notice exit off the E-90; a short slip lane and then a hard 90 right to a narrow humped-back bridge over the railway line. At first, you may be a bit confused as it seems you are driving into a military base (indeed you are) but follow the signs to the car park and you'll be just fine.

    Access is through a small visitors' entry cabin. Make sure you have photo ID, and I paid just 3 euros entry fee.

    Immediately you'll be faced with the outside aircraft park. Here you will find generally the larger types of aircraft that served with the Spanish Air Force, along with a fine collection of jet fighters (including some donated examples from Sweden, France and the former East Germany). Some of the larger types took a little tired, a common trait of aircraft parked out under a blazing sun; indeed the P-3A Orion looks half-derelict. But take your time walking around, there is also s small helicopter park and a memorial garden, including the tail section of a Afghan MiG-15, brought back from Herat when the Spanish forces left the country. Don't be tempted to step on the grass at any time for a closer look, the security guards will quickly witness your 'crime' and loudly blow a warning whistle.

    There are seven hangars to wander around, and these contained some real gems. On my visit, all were open apart from Number 6. You will find aircraft from the earliest days; some genuine, some replicas, but many set in excellent dioramas. These were fascinating, types rarely seen in the UK. Other stand-out items including aircraft that trail-blazed the routes over the Atlantic Ocean; aircraft from the civil war and a pretty extensive collection of helicopters. There are also comprehensive collections of aero-engines, uniforms, medals, paintings and artifacts of every description. It's quite easy to be overwhelmed by the amount to see in one visit, so be selective. Hangar 7 is exclusively a collection of scale models. Throughout there are interpretation boards in Spanish with a briefer English translation.

    There is a small cafeteria that sells hot and cold drinks and the smallest ever variety of snacks, and a small gift shop (which I was unable to get into as it was always occupied by visiting school parties and COVID regulations limited numbers inside the small hut).

    But for just 3 euros, this was an outstanding opportunity. I happily spent three hours on the site. The weather was perfect, and there seemed to be more staff than visitors which allowed me to wander around in a relaxed manner and take in the history of the Spanish Air Force.
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • MDOGP
    Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
    It contains weapons and royal suits of armour. On display is an elaborate armour which once belonged to Charles V. It has been opened to the public since the 16th century.
    Written 28 March 2021
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  • Robert J
    Madrid36 contributions
    A very interesting experience and has many tanks since pre-WWII era (Spanish civil war) and a few unique tanks. On the down side, it is a working military base so pre booking is the only way to get in. The soldiers on duty explain and show new tanks like the Leopard II allowing visitors to climb up and even go inside. My son really lived it.
    Written 15 August 2019
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  • Frank J
    280 contributions
    This is one of the top 3 air museum visits I have done. The outstanding attributes:

    1. Wide diversity of aircraft: military jet aviation was my main interest that goes from Spanish F-86 all the way to Mirage F-1s. Some non-NATO made as well including Soviet Su-22, Mig-23, and Saab Viggen.

    2. Largest selection of military transports and helicoptes I have observed anywhere ( have been to lots of useums)

    3. Hangar 1 has a realistic immersive experience with aircraft, tents, personnel all replicated like the real thing.

    4. Its free. Just make sure if you bring a bag, you have a euro coin for the locker as they expect you to leave your bag out.

    5. All outdoor exhibits have 1-1 translation in English, so that really helps. Going inside, its a hit or miss. The helicopter hangar generally did not have english translation. If you know the types and know about them and just wanted to see them in real-life, then this is not that big a deal. But don't expect to learn at some exhibits as all writing is in Spanish.

    6. Clean bathrooms and definitely bring your credit card to spend time at the museum store. Very reasonable for t-shirt and patches and high quality items.

    7. There is a civilian airport close by so you will get to see a lot of general aviation aircraft fly

    The Bad: just one
    1. Hanger 1 with the real-life figures and dioramas is exceptionally done. The first section had everything in Spanish so I was about to walk out and spend time elsewhere but once I turned the corner, the real-life set-ups were all translated.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Alejandra F
    Austin, TX40 contributions
    Beautiful museum of miniatures and dioramas. The pieces here are very impressive and you can find all kinds of miniatures: military, fantasy, movies, etc... The dioramas are amazing, they have an incredible and huge one of a WWII german submarine which even has lights. There's also a collection of historical bronzes by the artist Fernando Andrea. It has a store where you can buy miniatures, books, sculptures and they also offer custom services, they can create any diorama, portrait, miniature or sculpture for you. If you are looking to do something original and special while visiting Madrid, this is absolutely the place
    Written 3 December 2018
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