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“A must if you are anywhere near Santander”

Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueologia de Cantabria
Ranked #6 of 90 things to do in Santander
Certificate of Excellence
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“A must if you are anywhere near Santander”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

You will be pleasantly surprised by the excellent display of visual aids and collections of tools, and many artistic expressions of such rich culture in a breathtaking geographic area. If you have kids, they have plenty of activities to spark the little ones interest for the interactive exhibitions. Don´t miss it! In the middle of the city within walking distance to Eateries, Cafeterias, and people watching in the area.

Visited July 2014
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“really well presented”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

a wet day and we wanted to break up our eat/walk/eat routine. Could not find at first, it is tucked in a side street by the old market. We were worried at first that lack of an audio guide meant that we would struggle without command of Spanish but the displays contained more than sufficient in English - and they were excellent, enabling both a real sense of the pre-history of the area up until the arrival of the Romans ("what did the Romans ever do for us?", to quote the Pythons) and appreciation of the scholarship involved. There was a party of local children ahead which re-inforced for us the value of the museum - and the book we bought (in English) now sits on the table waiting for me to finish this review. Good job it rained or we may have missed this opportunity - and congratulations to those involved in putting this together - it should feature your visit to Santander

Visited May 2014
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“The ALL NEW MUPAC - Fantastic and 100% in English!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Ok, the first BIG BIG thing to point out here is that any reviews before June 2013 should now not be taken into account with regard to the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology in Santander. Since then, the old, dusty, outdated museum has been relocated to under the Mercado del Este (Calle Hernán Cortés) in the centre of Santander. And it's fantastic! I've been waiting to visit for ages, but kept turning up when it was closed, and this is one thing to be careful of, the opening hours. It takes at least an hour and a half to visit the museum, and they start turning everything off about 15 minutes before closing. The opening times are: High season (16/6-15/9): Wed-Sun 1030-1400 & 1700-2030 and rest of the year Wed-Sun 1000-1400 & 1700-2000. It's 5 Euros for adults, 2 euros kids (under 3's free) and it's FREE on a Sunday afternoon. I give all this info because be warned, much of the info on the web is still out of date, and refers to the old museum.
Anyway...so the MUPAC is fantastic! It's well laid out and well thought out. It's 100& in English and French, even the interactive displays (the ones on the wall don't worry about pushing the English language button either, it's text that comes up, not English blaring out and embarrassing you!!) So, the museum takes you through the history of Cantabria from the very beginnings of man to the current era. It's got a huge range of interactive displays (all in English) and is beautifully presented. Great for kids, lots of buttons to press which do interesting things, videos in the floor, great models, cave bear skeletons, touchy feely things, videos of mammoths etc, mock ups, huts and caves to go through, the lot. And for adults it really is interesting, informative and quite breathtaking some of the artefacts they've got in there. Now personally, as an advocate of Cantabria Tourism, I think this should be a must see stop on a tour of Cantabria, as it explains all about the caves you're going to see, the Roman sites worth visiting, and the history of the region. With special regard to the prehistoric caves, here you can see the original objects found in the caves, which really puts visiting them in context I think (for me it did anyway).
One last thing, the whole place is 100% wheelchair accessible too, and pushchair accessible, there's a lift at street level to take you down, and the whole place is completely ramped. There are also lockers upstairs to store any (not massive) items.
I could ramble all day about this places, I think it's great! And would highly recommend it, as I said, a must see for Santander and cave visitors and one of Cantabria's top museums. Go visit!

Visited May 2014
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“OK Museum with interesting exhibits, but all information in Spanish”
Reviewed 6 November 2006

This is a relatively, small, free museum displaying interesting artifacts from the area, but there was no information in English, so one has little understanding about the history or background of the items if you do not understand Spanish. It is worth a short stop if you are walking from the center of the city toward the El Sardinero area.

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ROBERTO O, Director at Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueologia de Cantabria, responded to this review, 23 August 2016
Dear visitor,

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit but it is necessary to indicate that there is really a lot of information both in english and french on display in every space of the exhibition so we can make the contents accesible to foreign visitors...
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