Santillana del Mar



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Museo Nacional Y Centro De Investigación De Altamira

Altamira, Prehistory at its most beautiful. Altamira Cave is a cultural landmark in the history of mankind. Bison, horses, deer, hands and mysterious signs, both painted and engraved, are the artistic expression of the inhabitants of the cave 15,000 years ago, in the Upper Palaeolithic.
Altamira Cave became a World Heritage site in 1985. The Museum of Altamira is a centre for conservation, research and information about Altamira Cave and Prehistory. The main reason for a visit to the museum is to learn about Altamira and humankind’s earliest art. Altamira Cave, the permanent exhibition “The Times of Altamira”, the New Cave, cultural activities, prehistoric technology workshops, and the surrounding woods and fields make up the Museum’s attractions.
The galleries hold a large attractive exhibition about everyday life and art in the Upper Palaeolithic, the times of Altamira. The Museum of Altamira holds a large collection of objects of very different kinds, including both archaeological and anthropological artefacts and historical items. The New Altamira Cave allows visitors to see the beauty of its art and the habitat of its occupants. This is achieved by an exact reproduction of the cave and its paintings, based on scientific data and produced with the latest technology. Furthermore, the New Cave has various points of interest, showing how our ancestors lived more than 14,000 years ago.

Opening hours

Summer (June to September):Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30
to 19.30.
Sundays and holidays 9.30 to 15.00
Winter (October to May):Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 to 17.00
Sundays and holidays 9.30 to 15.00
Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 y 31
December and one local holiday

Getting there

The Museum is 2 kms far from Santillana del Mar (Cantabria)

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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