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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Samir S
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

This museum gives you insight into the history of the city of Madrid, but not only modern day, all the way back to the prehistoric. Also it has a section about San Isidro. It is a bit weird, but it was free...

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The museum has a strange double identity which its name shows. Its exact name is Museum of San Isidro and of the origins (meaning the origins of the man on earth). It displays paintings about San Isidro and many objects found during archaeological excavations around Madrid. Few short videos show how primitive men built stone tools and there are reconstructions... More 

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