Santillana del Mar

Altamira National Museum and Research Centre

Contact details

Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, s/n.
39330  Santillana, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
Tel.:+34 942 818815
Tel.:+34 942818005
Tel.:+34 902242424
Fax.:+34 942840157




The days of Altamira

A grand tour of prehistoric archaeology to interpret what life was like in the days of Altamira

The permanent exhibit "The days of Altamira" gives visitors a closer look at the prehistoric era of the Iberian peninsula. Different aspects of prehistoric life in Altamira are shown: art, culture, life, hunting techniques, etc. All this can be seen through exhibits displaying the most representative items from this period on the Iberian Peninsula. The museum is a faithful replica of the Altamira Cave, discovered by Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola in 1879, which meant the discovery of Palaeolithic cave art. Altamira Cave will be closed indefinitely as of 1 September.

  • Designation: National museum
  • Artistic period: Prehistory
  • Content: Prehistoric

Practical information


  • From Nov 01 to Apr 30
  • From Tuesday to Saturday From 09:30 to 18:00
  • Public holidays From 09:30 to 15:00
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From May 01 to Oct 31
  • From Tuesday to Saturday From 09:30 to 20:00
  • From 09:30 to 15:00
  • Closing days: Monday

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


  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1,50


Cafe, Conference room, Disabled facilities, Facilities for babies, Guided tours, Shop


  • Access ramps
  • Car park with disabled access
  • Communications system for the hearing impaired
  • Lift with disabled access


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