The Top 10 Museums in Spain
Spain is a country renowned for its art and history, most of it can be found in the many prestigious museums. The most famous being the Prado Museum in Madrid, where you will find masterpieces such as the Las Meninas painting by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. If you are travelling to Spain to soak up the exciting rich history and typical Spanish culture, then take a look at the top ten museums:
The Prado Museum, Madrid
This museum is one of the world's greatest art galleries and opened in 1819. It boasts a fantastic display of works created by great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, along with many more famous Spanish works. The museum has a cafeteria and a lovely shop.
National Archaeology Museum, Madrid
This huge building is within the palace of National Libraries and Museums. There are over one million pieces from different periods on display, including archaeological items dating back to the Roman Hispania, the Middle Ages, the Near East, Egyptian and Greek.
National Natural Sciences Museum, Madrid
This is situated at the old palace of Industry and Arts. The museum is one of the country’s most predominant scientific investigation establishments. It was founded in 1771, by Carlos III who devised the Royal Cabinet of Natural History.
General Archive of the Indias, Sevilla
In 1987 this museum was declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. It displays the most extensive archive on Spanish colonisation, including over 80,000 documents and 8,000 drawings and maps associated with the old Spanish colonies spread around the world.
Lope de Vega Museum, Madrid
The name comes from one of the most prestigious playwrights and poets of the Spanish Golden Age who lived here in the 16th century. It is now owned by the Royal Spanish Academy. You will see the poet’s study and bedroom plus the interior garden he often spoke about in his works.
Cervantes Museum, Alcala de Henares
This is the house where Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain’s most famous writers, was born and resided. It is now encompassed into a museum, housing a collection of his works; showing you an insight into the life and times of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Jurassic Museum, Asturias
This has to be the greatest dinosaur museum in Spain. It is situated 155 metres above sea level on the beautiful Cantabrian coast. It displays the evolution of the planet from the very beginning when dinosaurs first appeared until they eventually became extinct. It also includes tours of the ‘dinosaur coast’ where you can see actual footprints and skeletal remains.
Alhambra Museum, Granada
This museum is situated on the ground floor of the Palace of Carlos V. It houses seven halls displaying the history of the Alhambra palaces from when the Catholic Kings took possession and displays various domestic pieces from this period and also a collection of Hispanic-Moorish art.
Principe Felipe Science Museum, Valencia
This is an interactive museum – and their motto is: ‘Not touching, not feeling and not thinking are banned.’ It is based on the concept of interactive ideas being an effective way of communicating. If you are interested in science, then it is definately well worth a visit.
This was voted the European Museum of the Year in 2004. It houses archaeological displays covering periods that range from the prehistoric, through the Roman Empire years, Middle Ages and right up to contemporary times.