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Description of the National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the fantastic museums that can be visited on your trip to Madrid. It is housed in a neoclassical building in which it shares its headquarters with the National Library. The museum occupies the floors facing Serrano Street and part of the sides. The rest of the building is occupied by the National Library of Madrid.
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The National Archaeological Museum, a journey through history
Video de Europa Press
The National Archaeological Museum has undergone several reforms and modifications since its transfer. The most important have been those between 1968 and 1981, changing from three floors to five with new exhibition spaces. The last reform was carried out between 2011 and 2014.
This last restoration introduces the National Archaeological Museum in the XXI century, with more exhibition space distributed in 40 rooms with new technological advances. To make the visit more comfortable and pleasant to the visitor, the museum has new spaces for public use such as a shop, cafeteria, auditorium, function rooms and a magnificent lobby.
The National Archaeological Museum has one of the most important exhibitions in the world of its kind.The route of the permanent exhibition begins with the section Archeology and heritage with an audiovisual exhibition on the archeology and history of Spain. We continue through the section of Prehistory where we can see archaeological remains of the Paleolithic, Neolithic-Chalcolithic and Bronze Age.
Continuing with the visit to the National Archaeological Museum we go through the Protohistory where we can see archaeological remains that go from the Iron Age to Romanization, emphasizing the Iberian stone sculptures like the Lady of Balza and the Lady of Elche, the most emblematic piece of the Museum.
We continue with the section of the Roman Hispania where we see archaeological remains of the Iberian peninsula ranging from the first century BC until the fifth century AD. We continue through the section of Late Antiquity that goes from the fifth century AD with the fall of the Roman Empire until the 8th century with the entrance of Islam in the Iberian Peninsula, during this period also highlights the archaeological Visigothic remains.
Next we go to the section of the Middle Ages that goes from the year 711 with the entrance of Islam in the Iberian Peninsula until the XV century, with the conquest of the Kingdom of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs. Here we can see remains of the islamic stage in Spain and of the Christian kingdoms from the 8th to the 15th century.
Following the section of the Modern Age we can see archaeological remains that correspond to the period from the middle of the 15th century to the 19th century. Relics of the time of the Austrias and the Bourbons.
There is also a section devoted to the history of the museum itself, the exhibition “History of the Museum”.
The National Archaeological Museum houses an area of the Middle East where we can see remains of Prehistory and the Roman period mainly Mesopotamia and Persia, continuing through the Nile Egypt and Nubia, where we see archaeological remains of Egypt and Nubia ranging from Prehistory to the medieval period such as sarcophagi, mummies, amulets etc.
Following with the visit to the National Archaeological Museum we can see the section belonging to Greece in which we can see archaeological remains belonging to classical Greece covering the period from the 16th to the 3rd century BC.
The permanent exhibition ended with a visit to the Numismatic and Medalist section called “La Moneda” in which we see various currencies that have existed throughout history from the first minted in 600 A.C. until minted in the Contemporary Age.
The visit to the National Archaeological Museum can be done throughout the year except Mondays and January 1st and 6th, May 1st and 15th and December 24th, 25th and 31st, where the museum will be closed.
Price of the entrance 3€
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Address: Calle de Serrano, 13, 28001 Madrid
Telephone: 91 577 79 12
Coordinates:: 40.42355, -3.6894
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