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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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See the first map to include the Americas!

And Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand's decree to Christopher Colombus. There are a few very interesting items in this museum. The docents are knowledgable and enjoy showing you... read more

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

And Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand's decree to Christopher Colombus. There are a few very interesting items in this museum. The docents are knowledgable and enjoy showing you the treasures, especially helpful if you speak Spanish. There is an audioguide in English.

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It´s a nice place to visit near Cibeles Square. There is a lot of history of my country. Beautiful boats that represent the old navy of Spain miniaturized. It´s cheap to visit it

Thank Oscar2luis
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to the Naval Museum. It covers the history of the Spanish navy from the discovery of America to modern times. The museum has many ship models from different periods, cannons, uniforms, guns and anything related to the Spanish navy. Highly recommenced!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Sitting between the two great art museums is the Naval Museum. Normally I would hesitate but I thought about the great history of the Spanish Navy and so we ventured in. Well it's amazing! For the whole family there's a full history in model armada ships, armoury, maps, uniforms etc.

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Small museum with some interesting artifacts and paintings of the history of the Spanish Navy. The model ships on display are really fascinating and fun to look at along side the many painting depicting historic navy battle scenes. Each "room" has an information board that describes the rooms general theme in Spanish and in English and each artifact has a... More 

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Berwyn, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped in the Naval Museum only because we had some extra time, but are very glad we went through it. It is free, but they do suggest a donation of about 5 euros per person. It's well worth it. The outside of the building is unassuming, but it is packed inside with the history of the Spanish Navy beginning... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not very big but lots to see and information.The firs map of the American continent,stories about naval wars etc.

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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A short walk from the Prado Museum is this gem of a museum full of naval artifacts that date from siglo XIII to el presente. Being from America, I was interested in the exhibits regarding Christopher Columbus. There are models of the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria, as well as, many artifacts, maps, and paintings of the period. There is... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is tucked away a short walk from the Prado. What the Prado does for art, this museum does for naval history / exploration (this from an old retired US Navy guy). The original maps from the early 1500's, the compasses, sextants and charting displays make one want to forget GPS and pick up some of these tools and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If lots and lots and lots of models in glass cabinets is what you are after, this is great. There is not much in the form of explanation, interactivity or fun. Not a great place for kids, but if you are a ship nut you'll have a blast.

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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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