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“Perfect if you are on a budget and want to see something awesome for free”

National Library of Spain
Ranked #72 of 790 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Inside the national library, there are 2 main exhibit halls where the public can go for free and see what the library is hosting. They have one permanent one on the ground floor that goes through the history of the library and how they have gone about collecting and preserving the documents and historical artifacts in their collection. It was amazing to see some of the material available for viewing in this collection and I was even more impressed that this was all for free. The second area is for a temporary exhibit that rotates every fee months. I recommend going and making sure you have about 3-3 1/2 hours to see everything because you are going to want to take your time. The only downside was most of it was in Spainish only, but in the main area, there were little placards in different languages that explained the purpose of each room and how they each fit together with the overall theme of the exhibit.

5  Thank Allison S
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This place was beautiful from the outside and had a book museum inside. I have to admit I didn't spend much time here as the displays were all in Spanish, although you could pick up an English card with some information on it. Worth briefly spending time here as it was free.

1  Thank LeeClare
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I only saw the outside of the library but its a beautiful ancient buildings. Has a wonderful architecture with beautiful statues. Must see in Madrid.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

What a great place - and somewhere that we hadn't thought about going. We were just actually walking past and decided to have a look in. They have a museum there and there were also a couple of extra exhibits on. All free to see. And all very interesting - lots of beautiful old books; maps; photographs; etc. Very glad we decided to go in!

2  Thank Lucy A
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

It is in the very heart of Madrid, I went there because of its imposant exterior that stroke me and I knew this wasn't just about books but of the history. It is an impressive architectural monument .

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