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Naval Museum

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Address: Paseo Prado 5, 28014 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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Pirates to Modern Navy. Well Worth a Visit!

We ended up at this museum when the line at the big famous museums was so long you couldn't see the end. For just 3 euros, this place is well worth a visit. We spent 2 hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am embarrassed to admit that I found it difficult to summon the interest in this museum. It may be that I was "museum-ed out" from all of the other sites. I did enjoy looking at the old maps and models of ships, but an hour was more than enough for a casual visit unless you have a special interest... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up at this museum when the line at the big famous museums was so long you couldn't see the end. For just 3 euros, this place is well worth a visit. We spent 2 hours and didn't even notice the time. Room after room of models and memorabilia. Lots of focus on period weapons and, of course, ships... More 

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The displays were excellent and easy to understand as there were a lot of English translations. The boat models were well presented and accurate blue prints . lots of weapons, sword displays,paintings. Good value for money.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting for everyone but particularly those who have served in the Navy of any country as it is a history lesson wandering around the exhibits.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not big into naval history and I sure wasn't expecting to see such a huge collection of naval artifacts, cannons, model ships etc. as they have hidden away here. Admission is free but they request a 4 euro donation. It is one of the best 3 euros that you'll spend!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this museum after being recommended by other family members. What a gem this place is there is so much for you to see and do especially with children. It's all done in chronological order starting in the 15th century so it's navy through the ages. The Mappa Mundi is also there and Columbus voyages mapped through to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stuffed full of magnificent models of ships, arms and armour. Not many of the exhibits have captions in English. Nonetheless a happy two hours was spent there. Lots of references to the English; Trafalgar and central America.

Thank warwick652
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small quiet museum tells the story of the Naval and Colonial history of Spain. I am from The Philippines, and it was delightful to see treasures of the sunken ship San Diego in view. The replicas of the ships and galleons a must see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not a huge museum in person, but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to this small but excellent museum. The docents greeted us upon arrival, gave us a map of the museum and pointed out which room the earliest known map of the Americas was… Because they know why most people are coming! Don't be fooled by its size,... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Only 3 euros to see all of Spain's Naval history including the objects from the San Diego which sunk in the 1600s

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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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