The National Archaeological Museum reopened on April 1, 2014, after three years of being closed because of remodeling. The architect who remodeled the museum was Juan Pablo Rodríguez Frade. He has won prizes for remodeling other museums in Spain and has the most experience in this. One of his works is the new Medina Azahara Museum in Cordoba. The display area has been increased from 7000 to 9000 square meters. The entrance to the museum is now from the ground floor of the south wing. The museum is now a stunning new museum that is world-class.
Travertine stone has been used for the floors, which are now radiant. The display cabinets and false ceilings are made of a dark wood called Merbau, from New Guinea, which also absorb noise. There are excellent explanations for every cabinet in both Spanish and English. The ground floor is dedicated to Prehistory and has a recreation of the burial of a man. The first floor is dedicated to the Iberian world starting from the first historic age, continuing to the Roman age and medieval age that includes the Arab Kingdom of Al-Andalus. This includes two beautiful Mudejar ceilings. The second floor includes the medieval age of the Christian kingdoms with plenty of religious art, and the modern age. This floor also has the excellent Greek and Egyptian collections.
If one sees all the exhibits (there are 40 large salons), one will walk a distance of 3 kilometers and the visit will take about 3.5 hours! There are exhibits designed for the blind which one can touch. Sala 13 contains the sculptures of La Dama de Elche and La Dama de Baza. The Pozo Moro Sepulcher, the Crown of Recesvinto (pertaining to the Treasure of Guarrazar), the Bote de Zamora, the Toro de Osuna, the statue of Livia, and the Constanza de Castilla Sepulcher are other highlights of the museum. There is a new cafeteria and a new museum store. The patio has some exhibits and is full of light.
So now Madrid has the Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and the National Archaeological Museum that are must-see sights. Sunday mornings are free at this museum, but it is recommended to go another day to avoid the very large crowds on that day.