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The National Archaeological Museum of Spain recently opened after a major renovation. The collection expanded, new artifacts appeared, and the technical equipment of the museum improved.
The exposition is located on three floors of a huge building with a mezzanine. Even before the entrance, visitors can see the carefully recreated Altamira cave with unique cave paintings.
On the ground floor, in addition to the cafeteria and administrative premises, the visitor is greeted by an audio-visual installation that constantly reproduces a film about archeology in general and a brief overview of the history of Spain from ancient times.
This is followed by an extensive exhibition of archaeological finds dating back to the prehistoric period on the Iberian Peninsula. The six halls of this section of the museum are full of reconstructions, skeletons, tools.
Eight halls of the second floor Archaeological Museum of Madrid devoted to the period of Spanish history associated with the landing of the Phoenicians on the Mediterranean coast. Dishes, the first written sources, exhibits related to the achievements of the Celtic and Iberian cultures.
Here is a collection of artifacts from Roman times, among which the antique mosaics and decorations make a particularly vivid impression.
One of the halls on the second floor of the museum introduces visitors to the period of the first kingdom of the Visigoths in the Pyrenees. Finishes the exposition of the second floor of the hall, which presents a rich collection of medieval artifacts.
On the third floor are the finds of archaeologists related to the period of the Great Geographical Discoveries, a single kingdom under the scepter of the Habsburgs and Bourbons.
An interesting exhibition is dedicated to the history of the museum, which has more than one and a half centuries.
Most of the third floor of the museum is reserved for the collections of the Ancient World: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Greece.
On the mezzanine is a unique and rich exhibition of ancient coins.
In addition to the main exhibition, temporary exhibitions are also held. Here is a very active educational and cultural trader activity. Not a day goes by without a lecture, concert or art event. Regular guests of the museum are schoolchildren for whom lessons are held on a variety of topics.
You can find the museum, guided by the Serrano metro station. Entrance ticket - 3 euros. On Spanish national holidays, admission is free.
Visitors have the opportunity to use multimedia guides compatible with the Android platform.
At the end of this article I want to share a very interesting video about how the restoration of the museum took place. These 8 minutes flew for me like an instant. Very impressive.