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Naval Museum

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Address: Paseo del Prado, 5, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 915 23 85 16
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Madrid Naval Museum is a State institution which belongs to the...

The Madrid Naval Museum is a State institution which belongs to the Ministry of Defense. The Museum is under the organic command of the Admiral Chief of Naval Staff and is governed by a Board of Trustees (Real Patronato).

The Naval Museum is a living institution opened to the public. Its curators not only study, look after, exhibit and acquire new objects, but use it as an instrument of communication, education and dissemination of the maritime history of Spain and its traditions. The following are some of the research fields:

        History of the Spanish Navy

        Naval shipbuilding

        Nautical science and auxiliary sciences like cosmography, cartography and nautical instruments.

        History of maritime voyages and discoveries.

        Underwater archaeology

        Maritime heritage

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Interesting works

Some exhibits here are just wonderful. Very interesting indeed. The works from 16 century are surely splendid.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some exhibits here are just wonderful. Very interesting indeed. The works from 16 century are surely splendid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This would be my 3rd visit in 30 years. The first time we came the display included parts of the car used in a car bomb exploded outside the museum. While those pieces are probably stored away now, the displays are a great collection of the legendary Spanish fleets. From Colon to aircraft carriers, the Spanish Naval Museum traces the... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you ever wanted to see the world as an 1500-1800 explorer go to the Madrid Naval Museum. they have models of all the ships, original maps from the time of Columbus, hardware, navigation instruments and a continuous story of seafaring from the Phoneticians to modern day. plan on at least half a day to explore the museum. it is... More 

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Madrid Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure many people miss this but if you have time it is very interesting even if you are not a navy freak

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating collection enchanting for all ages. However, very little of the descriptions are available in english. Audio tour is available in english however I wish it discussed more of the items in the museum. Audio tour describes less than 10% of the collection. But definitely worth the visit!

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Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are wonderful models, fine naval paintings and illustrations, many portraits of important historical figures, incredible artifacts and historic maps, all laid out in a very engaging and informative way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

although a small museum, it is packed with models and artefacts of a time when Spain was a superpower. Very interesting and informative, although not as much as I had hoped for on the Armada and the battle of Trafalgar - but they lost both of those so understandable. Unfortunately some of the display area was closed for refurbishment. Still... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

A nice museum, but quite old school. The good thing, the price is just a small donation. Even smaller kids will like it, a lot of models.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Perhaps it's the legacy of the naval conflict between Great Britain and Spain that's led the curators of this museum to almost completely neglect English. You can understand why they might have a chip on their shoulder, however a little more organisation with translations and/or audio guide would only glorify one of the worlds greatest naval traditions. Part of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This small museum has a good display of Spain's naval history from the 15th century forward. Many ship models and paintings. However, the signage is in Spanish, so it may not be a good choice without use of the audioguides.

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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