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Madrid - More Museums

 

National Archaeology Museum (Museo Arqueologico Nacional) – The Museum of Archaeology's most famous exhibit is the Dama de Elche, a beautiful sculpture thousands of years old, plus Roman mosaics and sculptures, glittering Visigoth crowns, Celto-Iberian bulls, ancient gold and silvery from prehistoric peoples.

      Check out the full-size recreation of the Altamira Cave (the cave is outside the museum, southwest of the entrance to the museum).
   

Wax Museum (Museo de Cera) - Near to the Archeology Museum, stop by the Wax Museum in the Plaza Colon to get up close and personal with Carlo I and other famous Spanish personages. A great way into Spanish history.

    City Museum (Museo de la Ciudad) – Get an overview of Madrid from prehistoric times to the 20th century - models of prehistoric huts, Roman, medieval, Moorish, and 16th century houses, famous landmarks such as the Plaza de Toros (complete with a bullfight in progress), the Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park, fountain of Neptune, and more. Kids will enjoy exhibits of costumes (19th dresses, shawls and fans), toreador outfits, police uniforms, and old Spanish money. The museum is free, located at Calle Principe de Vergara 140. A hidden gem!
 

Museo de America – Museo de America houses a collection of artifacts from the conquered peoples of Latin America – Quimbaya gold, shrunken heads from Peru, Amazon feathered hats and capes, Maya ceramics and one complete codex, a mummy from Paracas. All the labels in the museum are in Spanish.

   

Reina Sofia Art Museum (Centro de Arte Reina Sofia) - This modern art museum is where you’ll find Picasso’s famous anti-war painting Guernica. Also, kids will enjoy the paintings and sculpture by Juan Miro. Audio tours available in English.

   

Museo de Ciencias Naturales - For the nature minded, there's the Natural Science Museum where you'll see lovely dioramas of animals, insects, birds and sea creatures native to the Iberian peninsula.

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The National Archaeology Museum is a treasure trove of ancient gold and silver jewelry, fabulous Roman mosaics, Visigoth crowns, medieval artifacts from Al-Andalus. Take a 2+ hour family walking tour through the museum to discover panoramic history and peoples of the past in Spain:

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