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Altamira National Museum and Research Centre

Front page

  • Entrance to the Altamira National Museum and Research Centre ©Turespaña

    Entrance to the Altamira National Museum and Research Centre ©Turespaña

  • Neocave, Polychrome Room. Altamira National Museum and Research Centre ©Turespaña

    Neocave, Polychrome Room. Altamira National Museum and Research Centre ©Turespaña

  

Category

Archaeological

Owner

State
Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, s/n.
39330 Santillana, Santillana del Mar
Cantabria

Telephone+34 942818005 - +34 942 818815

Fax+34 942840157

E-mailinformacion.maltamira@mcu.es

Websitehttp://museodealtamira.mcu.es/

Altamira: the most beautiful prehistory

A museum to get to know about our first ancestors, their everyday life and art, and to practise their technology.

The museum displays the masterpiece of the first art of humanity, of unique and original art: Altamira, the most beautiful prehistory. With incredible ten- or twenty-thousand-year-old objects made out of stone and bones, we will discover the first people like us -Homo sapiens- who lived in the Cantabrian region. We can discover their technology and tools, and we will be surprised because we still use some of them. We will have fun carving stone or practising techniques for hunting or lighting a fire in the woods and fields at the Altamira Museum.

Essential works

Go to museum's collections
  • Large ceiling in Altamira Cave. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Large ceiling in Altamira Cave

    It is the most renowned cave art masterpiece and one of the most interesting because it displays art by different groups of humans who lived there 13,000 to 22,000 years ago.

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  • Airbrush. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Airbrush

    Wing or leg bone of a bird (a wader or bird of prey) cut to create tubes of the same size, used to blow drops of paint.

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  • Sewing needles and bone from which rods were extracted to make them. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Ministerio de Cultura

    Sewing needles and bone from which rods were extracted to make them

    This Palaeolithic invention appeared with the same purpose as the current utensil: to make clothes, shoes or hats.

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  • Bone harpoons. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Ministerio de Cultura

    Harpoons

    They are mainly from the Magdalenian era (the last cultural period of the Upper Palaeolithic) and were used to catch fish (especially salmon) and maybe also to hunt other animals.

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  • Perforated baton. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Perforated stick

    Made from the tip of a deer horn, with a magnificent male deer depicted on it.

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  • Bison lying down. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Bison lying down

    It is the best example of making the most of the support and natural materials when painting on Palaeolithic caves.

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  • Female bison. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Female bison

    A female bison has an important place in the scene. It is a figure superimposed on others that had been made previously.

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  • Male bison. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Male bison

    This large still male stands out next to a female and they both seem to be important in the herd.

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  • Black bison. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Black bison

    It is drawn with coal, in the same way as charcoal that modern artists use. It is estimated that it was drawn about 13,000 years ago.

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  • Stone burins. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Ministerio de Cultura

    Burins

    The burins were made on flint flakes which were knocked on the edges to get a sharp end to engrave on stone, bone or horn.

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Collections

The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).


Come and visit

Timetables

Nov 01 to Apr 30

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Public holidays

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

May 01 to Oct 31

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday


Closed: 1, 6 January, 1 May, 27 June, 24, 25, 31 December.

Rates

Public holidays

General: €3

Reduced: €1,50

Estudiantes y mayores de 18 años, con acreditación

Retired persons: Free admission

Children: Free admission

Free admission

sábados tarde (a partir de las 14.00 h.), domingos, 18 de abril, 18 de mayo, 12 de octubre y 6 de diciembre

Services

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Café / restaurant

Shop

Guided tours

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Baby chairs

Accessibility

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Car park

Lift

Ramps

Reservations

Telephone: +34 902242424

E-mail: reserva.maltamira@mecd.es

Website: http://museodealtamira.mcu.es/PreparaLaVisita/reservaDeGrupos.html

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