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Museo Arqueológico (Museum of Archaeology)

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Museo Arqueológico (Museum of Archaeology) Review

The biggest attraction here is a replica of the early cave paintings in Altamira (access to the real thing, in Cantabria Province, is highly restricted). Also of note is La Dama de Elche, a bust of a wealthy, 5th-century BC Iberian woman; notice that her headgear is a rough precursor to the mantillas and hair combs still associated with traditional Spanish dress. The ancient Visigothic votive crowns are another highlight; discovered in 1859 near Toledo, they are believed to date back to the 8th century. The museum—currently under renovation until at least the end of 2013—shares its neoclassical building with the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library).

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  • Address: C. Serrano 13, Salamanca, Madrid, 28001 | Map It
  • Phone: 91/577–7912; 91/580–7823 library
  • Cost: Free (while the renovations last)
  • Hours: Museum Tues.–Sat. 9:30–8, Sun. 9:30–3; library (currently closed for renovations) weekdays 9–9, Sat. 9–2
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  • Metro: Colón.
  • Location: Salamanca and Retiro
Updated: 07-10-2013

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    This museum is a jewel for anyone interested in ancient history and archeology. Well lit, well organized and very informative. No admission charge. I didn't see the copies of the cave paintings as that would not be of interest to me.

    by Martha_Mcmanamy, 11/17/10
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    Mostly nothing special

    This place was undergoing renovation when I went; among other things, their Roman and pre-history collections were not available. What little they had on display actually wasn't bad, the best being the Iberian sculpture and some of the artifacts taken from churches and mosques. The reconstruction of the Altamira cave paintings was lousy, too faint and badly lit to see anything. Pretty easy to get to from Retiro Park.

    by bachslunch, 2/5/08

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