National Archaeological Museum of Spain

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Template:Infobox museum Template:Infobox Historic Site The National Archaeological Museum of Spain (Template:Lang-es) is a museum in Madrid, Spain, which is currently closed for renovations. It is located 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.

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,<ref name="countdown">Template:Cite web</ref> but the museum remained closed in December 2013, with no reopening date announced. It is reported that the remodelled museum will concentrate on a core role and will release items from the decorative arts collection.

The collection includes, among others, Pre-historic, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Greek and Roman antiquities and medieval (Visigothic, Muslim and Christian) objects.

Artifacts

  • a replica of the Altamira cave
  • Lady of Elx
  • Lady of Baza
  • Biche of Balazote
  • Treasure of Guarrazar
  • Crucifix of Ferdinand and Sancha

See also

  • List of museums in Spain

References

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External links

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