I visited the military museum in the big Plaza de Espana today. We came to the area with a conducted tour yesterday. We needed to come back to see all the beautiful tiles of each region on the walls around the semi circle.
The museum is just to the left of centre if you are standing in the middle looking at the semi circle. I was keen to get a picture of my husband with his head in a cannon mouth but it seems you leave everything in a locker at the entrance. This is good as you can go round in unencumbered.
I enjoyed the uniforms and had my picture taken with the model at the museum entrance but i did not touch him! I studied the priests book in Latin. I worked out clementissime must be most merciful. I loved seeing the roman scales, the mechanical machine that worked out how to take into account prevailing conditions before sending off a charge on a ship. The surgical instruments and early silver anaesthetic masks for ether and chloroform. some of the labels are in english.
My husband entertained me with information about percussion fuses and detonators and demonstrated how the shape of shells evolved with the ones on display.
There were families there but I think the smaller children were bored. There are no interactive exhibits bit there is plenty to see and absorb.
On the top floor there were some intricate interesting models of forts mostly to stop the British. I will not for get the names of Columbus ships Santa Maria Nina and Pinta. The lovely models made me appreciate just how small these ships were that sailed around the world.
It was free to go in but on Saturday the last admission was at 1.30.
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