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MAN. National Archaeological Museum
Tuesday-Saturday, 9.30 am – 8 pm
Sundays and public holidays, 9.30 am – 3 pm
Every Monday in the year
1 and 6 January, 1 and 15 May, and 24, 25 and 31 December
Ticket office closing time: 15 minutes before the museum’s closure.
In case of full completion of the museum’s capacity, the museum could close the access before closing time, circumstance which will be communicated ‘in situ’ to the visitors.
General admission: €3
Reduced rate: €1.50
Groups of more than 5 people, with booking made at least 10 days in advance
Cultural volunteers, with valid ID
Saturday from 14:00 hours and Sunday mornings
18 May, International Museum Day
12 October, Spanish National Holiday (Columbus Day)
16 November, World Heritage Day
6 December, Spanish Constitution Day
Serrano 13. 28001 Madrid
Tel.: (0034) 91 577 79 12
Serrano (Line 4) and Retiro (Line 2) underground stations.
1, 9, 19, 51, 74: Stop outside museum
5, 14, 27, 45, 150: Stop on Paseo Recoletos
21, 53: Stop at Plaza de Colón
2, 15 20, 28, 52, 146: Stop at Plaza de la Independencia
Recoletos station (Paseo de Recoletos, even numbers, intersection Villanueva)
Cercanías Madrid lines C-1, C-2, C-7, C-8, C-10
Cycle lane on Serrano Street
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MANNational Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum is a public institution. Its mission is to offer the general public an accurate, attractive, interesting and critical interpretation of the objects that belonged to the different cultures which populated the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region, ranging from Antiquity to more recent periods, in the firm belief that a knowledge of this history can shed light on society as we know it today.
The Prehistory collection encompasses a very long time span, commencing over one million years ago and ending at the dawn of the first millennium BC.
On the Iberian Peninsula, Protohistory comprises the cultures that developed between the Early Iron Age and Romanisation—that is, the first millennium BC. A large proportion of the objects in this collection come from archaeological digs carried out in Spain since the 19th century or even earlier. Meanwhile, the Iberian sculptures, made out of stone (ladies of Elche, Baza and Cerro de los Santos, reliefs from Osuna) and bronze (Iberian ex‐votos from Despeñaperros), are notable for both their quality and quantity.
The collection comprises a diverse range of everyday and monumental objects, primarily dating from the first century BC to the fifth century AD.
This collection spans the period of time stretching from the 4th century to the end of the 15th century. It comprises objects belonging to three different cultural contexts, although the second and third contexts overlapped in time and space: the Visigothic kingdom of Toledo (Guarrazar Hoard), the Hispano-Islamic world (ivory pyxides and caskets, architectural elements and pottery), and the Christian kingdoms (everyday and religious objects from León, Asturias and Palencia). Finally, there is an exceptional group of assorted Mudejar pieces from different places, representing the Muslim presence in Christian Spain.
The collections in this department span a very long period stretching from the mid-15th century to the mid-19th century and include sculptures made out of wood, stone, marble and bronze, paintings, scientific instruments, weapons, silverware, jewellery, pottery, glassware, furniture, textiles, hard stones, musical instruments and various types of tools.
The museum’s Egyptian and Nubian collections comprise objects dating from Prehistory to the Roman period and the Middle Ages. Associated with the religious and funerary world (sarcophagi, shabtis, amulets, mummies, stelae, sculptures of deities, etc.), many of them come from systematic archaeological excavations carried out at Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleopolis Magna) and at various Nubian sites.
Spanning three major cultures in Mediterranean history, the collections comprise pottery items, bronzes, terracotta figures, sculptures and gold and silver ware. Greek vessels from the Mycenaean period to the Hellenistic era (16th-3rd century BC) form the largest group and represent one of the finest collections of this type in Europe. The objects include pieces from mainland Greece as well as Ionia, Magna Graecia and Sicily. Exquisitely crafted, in some instances by the most skilled artists of the day, the images depicted on these vessels introduce us to the mythology, religion, power, politics, daily life, theatre, literature and many other aspects of the ancient world.
The Numismatics collection, which dates from the sixth century BC to the 21th century, is the finest of its type in Spain and one of the most important in the world.