National Archaeological Museum of Spain
|Museo Arqueológico Nacional|
Museum's main facade
|Director||Andrés Carretero Pérez|
|National Archaeological Museum|
Spanish: Museo Arqueológico Nacional
|Official name: Museo Arqueológico Nacional|
The National Archaeological Museum of Spain (Spanish: Museo Arqueológico Nacional) is a museum in Madrid, Spain, which is now open after its renovations. It is located on Serrano Street beside the Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square), sharing its building with the National Library.
The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, and its purpose was to be a depository for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographical and decorative art collections compiled by the Spanish monarchs.
The first home of the museum was a building in the Embajadores district of Madrid. In 1895 all the collections were moved to the current venue, a neoclassical building projected by architect Francisco Jareño and built from 1866 to 1892. In 1968 renovation and extension works considerably increased its area.
In 2008 the museum closed for renovation. The projected completion date was 2013, but the museum remained closed until April 2014. The remodelled museum concentrates on a core role and releases items from the decorative arts collection.
- Prehistoric and Iberian
- a replica of the Altamira cave
- Lady of Elche
- Lady of Baza
- Lady of Galera
- Dama del Cerro de los Santos
- Biche of Balazote
- Bull of Osuna
- Mausoleum of Pozo Moro
- Sphinx of Agost
- Roman and Visigothic
Gallery of key objects
Lady of Elche, Iberian, 4th century BC, with Greek influence
Bull of Osuna, Iberian, end 5th century BC
Mausoleum of Pozo Moro, Iberian, c. 500 BC
Crucifix of Ferdinand and Sancha, c. 1063
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