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“Take your passport!”
Review of Naval Museum

Naval Museum
Ranked #26 of 779 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Madrid Naval Museum is a State institution which belongs to the Ministry of Defense. The Museum is under the organic command of the Admiral Chief of Naval Staff and is governed by a Board of Trustees (Real Patronato). The Naval Museum is a living institution opened to the public. Its curators not only study, look after, exhibit and acquire new objects, but use it as an instrument of communication, education and dissemination of the maritime history of Spain and its traditions. The following are some of the research fields: History of the Spanish Navy Naval shipbuilding Nautical science and auxiliary sciences like cosmography, cartography and nautical instruments. History of maritime voyages and discoveries. Underwater archaeology Maritime heritage
Cambridge, England
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“Take your passport!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This was fantastic if you are interested in naval history. As it is in the Spanish Navy headquarters we needed photo id for entry - which was not mentioned in any guide book. Thankfully my husband had his driving license with him!

Visited July 2014
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“Outstanding Naval Museum”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Probably the second best naval museum in the world (after Lisbon), this is truly an extraordinary museum. This covers Spanish naval history from the 15th century. It'son the second floor of a government building, so bring your passport for entry. There is no fee. Closed Mondays--consult the web site for hours. There are probably hundreds of museum quality ship models; many constructed so that you can view the inside of the various decks. There is a small gift shop selling odds and ends. If you have an interest in naval history, this is worth 3 or more hours.

Visited July 2014
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Small museum detailing Spain's naval history. Well laid out. Worth visiting to see the world's earliest map showing the Americas c.1500
3€ donation to enter, you could spend many pleasurable hours wandering through each of the 26 rooms.
One of my highlights in Madrid.

Visited April 2014
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“An exciting history of Spain's naval past”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

We liked everything. The presentation was well laid out and the ship models and artifacts were wonderful. It was a well spent three hours.

Visited June 2014
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“A must for the model-interested boat fanatic”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The museum contains lots of boat models, about 2 meters long or so. Everything from the cannon boats of the 16'th century, up to second world-war boats. Many of these are see-through models, were you can see how they are constructued, fascinating. Also displays the oldest known map of America, worth a visit in itself!

Note that they require a registration of you passport (or ID card) at the entrance, so don't forget to bring this with you. They will also x-ray all your bags etc., not sure what they allow you to take inside, best to not carry a lot of things when you go there.

Visited June 2014
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