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Museo de los Origenes (Museo de San Isidro)

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Address: Plaza San Andres 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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Miraculous well

A small museum dedicated to the history of Madrid and to San Isidro, the patron saint of the city and where he is supposed to have lived and performed his famous miracle of the... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Samir S
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London, United Kingdom
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leicester
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much is packed into this small museum . Great place to spend a few hours and maybe relax in the herb garden. If you like history this is the place for you.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just happened upon this hidden gem of a museum that traces the story of Madrid from pre- historic times. Good, interactive displays, helpful staff and a quiet garden to reflect on what you have seen.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

A small museum dedicated to the history of Madrid and to San Isidro, the patron saint of the city and where he is supposed to have lived and performed his famous miracle of the well. There is not much to see, but the house itself has some attractive architecture, including a chapel and courtyard, and it is free to visit... More 

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Minden, NV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

As others have written, this is really a hidden gem in Madrid. We walked in expecting very little and stayed well over an hour. Wonderful projected exhibits highlighting prehistoric animals that lived in this area. Using a touch screen you can view them from any side. Bones from said animals are right behind you. Also enjoyed an exhibit on how... More 

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Thank Sharron G
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I've been to Madrid many times and walked pass the museum, but this is the first time I went inside. One of my Spanish friends gave me the background of the museum, so it was interesting to see it for myself. I love museums! It's so important to find out the history of a place. It's not a huge space,... More 

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Thank Angela R
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Small but very interesting. Takes you through Madrid from days of mammoths and Neanderthal onwards with interesting Interactive display showing 3D images of prehistoric animal you can control from a screen (would amuse children) along with fossil remains. The scale of the elephant skull/tusks was breathtaking. Artefacts such as tools, pottery etc., model of Madrid showing development from earliest times... More 

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Thank Kate H
California, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2015

This museum was a surprise. The exhibits were detailed, with good explanations, available in English. I liked the courtyard area which house old, replaced fountain pieces.

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Terribly small museum in a sketchy neighborhood. Not much to see and difficult to find. Just a compressed version of the Archaeological Museum. Good thing is: it's free. But still not worth it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

This is one of Madrids free museums and is well worth a look. Its pretty small but gives you a good insight into how Madrid has developed and grown over the years and also has lots of archaeological finds from the Roman times. It has a good interactive section on what animal remains have been found in Madrid which was... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

Free! four sections: 5,000 years ago, Roman and Visigoth times, Islamic foundation of the city and the the reign of Phillip II. See roman walls and floors and the chapel dedicated to San Isabel, built where he supposedly lived. View the "Miracle Well" where San Isidro saved his son from drowning. There is a 3-D exhibition of mammoths and other... More 

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La Latina is a charming neighbourhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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