Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Madrid Reviews
National archaeological museum of Spain Oct 11, 2011
Spain's national archaeological museum is a bit overshadowed by more famous museums like Prado and Reina Sofia.
The museum is a beautiful neoclassical building and it hosts Iberian, Ancient Greek, Roman , Late Roman and Visigoth archaeological findings.
When i went there this summer there was also a temporary exhibition which displayed funerary masks(Fayoum portraits) of the Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.
The most impressive thing that you can see in the museum is the lady of Elx. A mysterious bust found near Elche in Southern Spain.
Appart from this you can see some Roman statues, Byzantine coins, ancient graves, Ancient Greek pottery and even some artifacts from Egypt including an impressive Ancient coffin.
When i got there the museum entrance was free because they were engaged in renovation works.However indoors the museum is well organised and there's no trace of restoration works taking place.
For those who are interested in History i recommend you to visit the museum just to see the Lady of Elx.Generally the museum is incomparable with other archaeological museums of Europe in terms of number and importance of objects, but it's free. So if you have nothing to do you can go and see what people in the Iberian peninsula could do 2 millenia ago.
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