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Museo Naval, Madrid

Museo Naval, Madrid (must see)

When you visit the Museo Naval on the Paseo del Prado, don’t forget to take an ID with you (passport, driver’s license, etc.), as you will need to show it before you can admire the artifacts in this impressive museum.

Arranged in chronological order, the museum houses a collection from the 15th century to the present day and is clearly a tribute to Spanish naval superiority. The model ships are to exact scale and most of them were made at the same time that their life-sized counterparts were built. You will, of course, find a model of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’ first expedition to the Bahamas.

In another part of the museum, you will find figureheads, artillery, compasses, brass sextants, weapons and uniforms. There are also portraits of Spanish sailors, paintings of battles and many navigation charts, including a map executed in 1500, which is the first chart of America ever to be made.

One room is devoted to famous Spanish achievements and navigation instruments from the 15th century to the high-tech devices of the present day. You will see reproductions of ships cabins and a collection of curios taken from shipwrecks.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum's chronologic layout is a great way to see the evolution of ship design through the many models of ships on display.
You can also see the evolution of weaponry and navigational equipment as well as portraits of key people in the Spanish navy's history.
Explanations are mostly in Spanish but you can rent an audio guide device that explains most everything in English.
There is also a gift shop area at the entrance with a variety of items that seem of better than average quality and well-priced.

Tip:
You can walk the entire museum in about an hour if simply surveying the items.
If you want to spend time looking over the various exhibits you can easily spend 2 to 3 hours here.
While there is no admission cost, they do suggest a €3 donation.
Make sure you have ID on you – it's required to get in.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-7pm; (Aug) Tue-Sun: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Museo Naval
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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