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Museo de Altamira (Cueva de Altamira)

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Address: Santillana Del Mar | Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola s/n Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, 39330 , Spain
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+34 942 81 88 15
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Sun 09:30 - 15:00
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Amazing discovery

Being able to see the exact paintings and cave replications is awesome. Terrible staff would not let licensed guide talk with us about what we were seeing. Additionally the man... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
Judy M
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cave became known prehistoric paintings on the walls and discovered by a hunter's daughter in 1868. It can be reached on foot in Santillana del Mar, it is a pleasant walk 2 kilometers during which you can admire nature. The cave is a delight by figures painted prehistoric cave. But ... you must kow: you will see a "reproduction"... More 

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Thank Hoinara
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Being able to see the exact paintings and cave replications is awesome. Terrible staff would not let licensed guide talk with us about what we were seeing. Additionally the man stalked us through the gift shop and all the while we were in the museum. Go early in day to avoid crowds.

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I almost didn't come when I realised you can't visit the real cave which is closed off the protect the real paintings. However the purpose built cave is excellent, the ceiling really does demonstrate what the paintings are like and I learned a lot - the paintings are bigger than I thought and they use the shape of the cave... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Altamira was considered a hoax when it was first discovered in 1880. It is now known to contain some of the finest examples of Paleolithic Art. I highly recommend this cave reproduction. I was traveling with one person who needed a cane to get around and he had no trouble navigating. This is one of the advantages of a reproduction.

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Thank dapaze
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a fake cave. It was mid October, I didn't book and as there is no limit on entrance numbers I had no problem getting tickets and going straight in. From the size of the large car park I expect it is very crowded in the summer. The reproduced bison, horse and deer in the ceiling are probably the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The museum's theme is not about authenticity, but offering essential information about this remarkable early human artistic production to the general public (at 3 Euros a ticket). The replica of cave's ceiling is showing a number of graphic works which appeared to me less vivid than images found on the internet. Surprisingly, the floor of the cave space, although smooth... More 

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Dun-le-Palestel, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The original caves are not now open (to preserve them from decay); but there is an exact replica that's well worth visiting. The cost is minimal (free for over 65 years) and great value. It's amazing to think the some 35000 years ago, the earliest known Europeans were walking about herre going about their lives. The museum depicts their early... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Such an interesting museum to visit, it didn't feel like some of the dull museums that you can get - it was well set out, interesting, informative, creative and the children there seemed to enjoy it a lot too. You walk through a replica of the famous caves where there are paintings on the walls. Interactive areas, spacious and friendly... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Ok visit, since it was free on the day we went there. The displays were pretty nice, but I would not pay to see a fake cave. There are other really nice real caves in the region, so I recommend them instead.

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Thank Harry833
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Whilst visiting Santillana Del Mar, a most enchanting well preserved middle-age village in Cantabria, when I found out about the nearby Cuevas de Altamira. Or though the authentic caves are closed to the general public (except a chosen few) the replica housed in the nearby museum exposition is the next best thing. One has to use one’s imagination to get... More 

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