Man: Museo Arqueologico Nacional

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

An important restoration had to be undertaken in the Museo Arqueológico Nacional (MAN), so as to be able to put up and accommodate its extensively long collection, and this has allowed us to enjoy it to the full. Its history dates back to the reign of Isabel II in 1867. The queen founded this museum in order to enable people to learn about Spanish history and its cultural heritage.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

At first, this museum was located in the Casino de la Reina which was next to Glorieta de Embajadores. However, in 1892, it was moved to its current location in Prado de Recoletos. It took 30 years to accomplish the move, as well as three architectural projects. The museum is situated in the Palacio de Biblioteca y Museos Nacionales, together with the National Library about which we have already written in this blog.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

A GREAT RESTORATION

Due to the appeal of the museum, it underwent a great restoration which lasted from 2008 to 2014. In 2014, just after the restoration was finished, the number of visitors was more than 760.000.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Currently, it is estimated that the Museo Arqueológico Nacional has more than half a million visitors each year.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

The area was increased to 30.000 square metres and the space dedicated to exhibitions was more than 9.700 square metres.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

More than 15.500 exhibits can be contemplated. The restoration made spaces more adequate so that the museum could offer its visitors comfort.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

It consists of six floors. In this video you can see what the museum looks like nowadays.

ITS COLLECTION

Throughout the years, the collection has varied due to the change of its location and later its restoration.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

The museum has an exhibition of important archaeological excavations, some of which come from Egypt thanks to Spanish archaeologists. It also houses valuable findings from digs in Spain.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

It is impossible to talk about the numerous artworks of historical interest that can be found in this awesome museum. Nevertheless, if we had to choose two of them, we would make the tough choice of Dama de Elche and Dama de Baza. Both of them are an icon of Spanish art.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

DID YOU KNOW THAT…?

At the start of MAN, thieves were strongly attracted to stealing valuable objects from the museum. Thankfully, all the stolen goods were recovered.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Picture 01: Tnarik Innael

Picture 02: Emilio Rodríguez-Posada

Pictures 03 y 05: Santiago López-Pastor

Pictures 04, 06, 07 y 08: Manuel

Pictures 09 y 10: Outisnn

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