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The history of civilisations

Created by Queen Isabella II, it is located next to the National Library.

The museum came into being at the end of the 19th century, and was designed to bring together and exhibit items related to archaeology, ethnography, decorative arts and coins from a range of different institutions. The permanent collection offers a journey through the history of Spain from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Its collection includes excellent pieces from all periods and styles, including Egyptian sarcophagi and mummies, Hispano-Roman decorative art, Arab archaeology and Mudéjar stonework and ceramics. It has a library specialising in scientific publications on art, history, archaeology and museology. One of its most highly-prized treasures is the bust of the Lady of Elche.

National museum


Practical information


From Tuesday to Saturday
From 09:30 to 20:00

Public holidays and Sunday
From 09:30 to 15:00
Closing days: Monday

* Closed: 1, 6 January, 1 May, 24,25,31 December.


General: €3
Reduced: €1,50
Admission free Mayores de 65 años
Disabled persons: Admission free
Large families: Admission free
Admission free Menores de 18 años
ICOM members and associations: Admission free
Admission free Sábados por la tarde, domingos por la mañana, 18 de mayo, 12 de octubre, 16 de noviembre y 6 de diciembre


Audio guide, Cafe, Disabled facilities, Facilities for babies, Guided tours, Left items and cloakroom service, Shop


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