Paseo del Prado, 5

Phone: 0034 915 238 789
Fax: 0034 913 795 056
Website: http://www.museonavalmadr

Museo Naval De Madrid

The Museo Naval is a state cultural institution administered by the Ministry of Defence through its department of Historical-Artistic Heritage.

The origin of the Museum dates back to 28th September 1792 when it was creation was approved thanks to an initiative by Antonio de Valdés y Fernández Bazán, Naval Secretary under King Charles IV. Upon declaration of the Royal Decree which established the Museum, the captain of the Navy Mendoza y Ríos was sent to France and Great Britain to purchase books, maps and other materials for the Museum library while others searched the Spanish archives for all manuscripts referring to Navy affairs and materials began to be brought together for the permanent collection of the Museum.

However, the series of political and military events that dominated Spain during the first three decades of the 19th century led to changes within the ministry and meant that the Project had to be put on hold. It was until 1842 that the original decree was renewed. The Museo Naval was provisionally inaugurated on 19th November 1843 by Queen Elizabeth II in the Palacio or Casa de los Consejos in Calle Mayor de Madrid, presently headquarters of the Región Militar Centro.

Due to an increase in the size of the collection, the Museum was moved to the Casa del Platero close to the Palacio Real in 1845. However, due to an imminent threat of the building collapsing the Museum had to be moved once again in 1853 to the Palacio de los Ministros, the former house of ex-Prime Minister Godoy, and opened to the public on 27th November of the same year.

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 Permanent Collection Highlights (18)

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Permanent Collection

The origin of the Museum collections is varied although a great part comes from valuable donations made by the Royal House, the old Secretary of the Navy, ex-companies of the Marine Guard, the Naval Departments of the Peninsula and naval bases in the Philippines and Cuba, the Hydrographic Archives, the Royal Marine Observatory of San Fernando and the Cádiz Hydrographic Institute as well as a number of individual donations.
The Museum space is organised chronologically from the 15th century to the present.

Painting makes up a fundamental chapter within the diverse content of this section. The majority are oil paintings that show us the abundant iconography of battles and naval combats from the 16th to the 20th centuries; geographical discoveries and Spanish expeditions from the 16th century; views of Spanish, European and American ports; different types of ships and boats; Spanish monarchs and protagonists from our Naval history. Among the numerous artists represented here are the painters Antonio de Brugada, Rafael Monleón y Torres, Ángel Cortellini Sánchez, Antonio de Caula, Alfonso Sanz, Ignacio Suárez Llanos, Antonio Muñoz Degraín, Ramón Padró, Rafael Tejeo and Julio García Condoy, the majority of them active during the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
This section also contains a number of stamps and models created using different techniques: engraving (etching, buril, aguatint etc.) lithograph and xylography. All are related in some way or form to naval history from the 16th to the 19th century and created by artists from different schools: Spanish, German and Flemish.
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Exhibitions (12)

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Entry is free.
Capacity 300 people.

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 to 14:00
The Museum is closed on Mondays, 1st January, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, 1st and 15th May, 16th July, during the month of August, 9th November and 24th, 25th and 31st December.

Getting there

Paseo del Prado, 5
28014 Madrid

Tel: (+34) 915 238 789
Fax: (+34) 913 795 056

METRO: Banco de España (línea 2)
BUS ROUTES: 1, 2, 14, 15, 20, 27, 37, 51, 146, 202 y 522
RENFE Cercanías: Recoletos
PARKING: Calle Montalbán


It is necessary to present identity card or passport at the entrance to the Museum.
Museum lifts are equipped for wheelchair users.
Accesses are adapted for people with disabilities.
Wheelchairs can be provided to visitors.
Free leaflets with a description of the Museum collection are available in Spanish and English.
Photography and filming are not permitted in the Museum without pervious authorisation.
Drinking and eating is prohibited in the rooms.
There is no cloakroom in the Museum. Visitors with a rucksack must wear it on their chest, not on the back.

The Museum shop stocks catalogues of all the Museum’s collections, publications related to the collections, posters and postcards of the Museum’s most important pieces, models of ships and other souvenirs.
Tel: (+34) 915 239 310
Fax: (+34) 913 795 056

The Museum screens two videos daily and throughout the course of the day.
The first, screened in Central Patio A, is about the archaeological pieces from the San Diego.
The second, screened in Room XVII, is Geographical Discoveries: 15th to 18th centuries. It is about the Spanish Armada and lasts around 3 minutes.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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The maximum number of people per group is 20. Groups must be accompanied by a coordinator or responsible person.

The Museum offers different types of guided visits for groups and the general public. The tours are given by Museum volunteers. It is essential to make a reservation at least one week before the visit. All visitors must adhere to and respect the practical guidelines for the visit.

History of the Spanish Armada, 15th to 20th Century
This exhibition is distributed across 21 rooms and two large patios containing numerous and varied objects such as paintings of ships, naval combats, portraits of members of the Armada, scientific instruments, models of different types of boats, arms and pieces of artillery, cartography, uniforms and flags. The tour lasts 1½ hours.
For groups the tour is available Tuesdays to Fridays 10:30 to 14:00 and previous reservation is necessary. For the general public the individual tour is available Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 and reservation is not required. However, the tour is limited to 20 people.

Archaeological Pieces from the San Diego
In one of the Museum’s rooms visitors can see the remnants of the San Diego, recovered between 1991 and 1993. The exhibition presents an extraordinary mixture of very different elements originating from the Philippines, Spain, Mexico and China. Among them are pieces of artillery and firearms, objects from daily life aboard the ship, ceramics and porcelain, coins and medals, pots for transporting salted meats and vegetables etc. The tour takes 30 minutes.
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Among the cultural and educational activities that the Museum offers, this is a didactic visit geared especially towards students of Primary education between 8 and 12 years of age (Level A) and Secondary school students between 12 and 16 years old (Level B). The visit is organised around a central theme that allows students to relate the contents of a specific theme to curricular contents and whose general aim is to develop values and abilities relating to natural, historical and cultural heritage.
The visit analyses daily life on board a Spanish galleon by looking at important aspects such as food, merchandise, free time, professions, discipline, the architecture of a galleon etc. and in a more general manner other themes such as the concept of the Museum, shipwrecks and underwater deposits. The tour takes 1 hour.

A free didactical guide for teachers is provided on reservation of the visit by telephone, fax, post or email.
The guide suggests the visit is divided into three stages:
1. Classroom preparation previous to the visit in order to familiarise students with the material
2. Visit to the Museum with a tour of the different rooms, working with the themes highlighted in the guide and following an active methodology with the participation of the students through questions and comments
3. Post-visit work in the classroom in order to cement the knowledge acquired

Visits are free and available Tuesdays to Fridays 10:30 to 14:00. It is essential to make a reservation at least one week beforehand on (+34) 915 238 789.


This tour of the Museum aimed at sixth form students, deals with scientific expeditions from the 18th century and allows students to observe scientific instruments from the age, maps, portraits of the travellers, models of ships etc. Replicas of the instruments can be handled while an explanation is given as to the use of them.
The tour also explains old units of measurement, instruments for the measurement of time, longitude and angles, scales and astronomy. Geographic, historical and cultural aspects of the era are also looked into. The visit lasts 1 hour.
Didactic material is available for teachers and must be requested by telephone, fax, post or email.

The tour is free and is available Tuesdays to Fridays 10:30 to 14:00. It is essential to make a reservation at least one week beforehand on (+34) 915 238 789.


The Friends of the Museo Naval was created in 1998 to oversee additions made to Museum archives. This can be through acquisitions, donations or the deposit of pieces such as works of art, models of ships, weapons, uniforms, personal souvenirs, medals etc. Members may also carry out activities in support of the Museum such as helping in the organisation of temporary exhibitions, editing publications, overseeing courses and conferences or organising educational visits.
The organisation aims to bring together people who share a love for the Armada, the sea and Spain’s maritime history. On occasion members of the association have the opportunity to meet members of the Armada and be invited to seminars and conferences organised by the Institute of Naval History and Culture such as the commemoration of the Virgin of Carmen, Patron Saint of the Armada, which is held every 16th July in the General Quarters of the Armada in Madrid.
Members also have the opportunity to travel along with a guest on the Marín-Cádiz crossing that the Spanish ship Escuela de la Armada Juan Sebastián de Elcano makes every year in July and which lasts approximately five days. Places are given in order of priority regarding registration in the association and to members who have not previously made the journey.
Members are also able to attend the annual General Assembly in which all income and expenditure of the association, donations to the Museo Naval and other activities are declared. Members can also make suggestions regarding the association or Museum.
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The Museum’s activities are open to sponsorship by those businesses and entities interested in collaborating in the promotion of our cultural heritage and scientific research.
The Museum receives an average of 50,000 visitors per year.