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National Anthropology Museum

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  • Façade of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Façade of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Interior of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Interior of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior of the National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Interior of the National Anthropology Museum. Sala de Asia Room © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior of the National Anthropology Museum. Sala de Asia Room © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Ethnography and anthropology

Owner

State
Calle Alfonso XII, 68
28014 Madrid
Madrid

Telephone+34 915395995 - +34 915306418

Fax+34 914677098

E-mailantropologico@mcu.es

Websitehttp://mnantropologia.mcu.es

Temporary exhibitions

Discovering other peoples and cultures

The National Anthropology Museum enables visitors to explore the richness and diversity of existing cultures all over the world.

The National Anthropology Museum displays collections of objects and documents that belong to a wide variety of peoples of Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, mainly objects from the everyday life, rituals and beliefs, war and clothing. It provides a global view of culture that enables visitors to compare and understand the objects displayed and find cultural similarities and differences between them. The aim is to promote values of cultural pluralism and intercultural understanding.

Essential works

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  • Buddhist altar. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Buddhist altar

    An altar with three superimposed modules and two compartments inside which would hold ritual items used in the monasteries.

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  •  Altar for the worship of Ifa. National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Altar for the worship of Ifa

    Altar with female figures used by the Yoruba African tribe in the ritual dedicated to the goddess Ifa.

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  • 'Indian altar' © Ministerio de Cultura

    Indian altar

    This portable altar dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu has panels painted with scenes from mythology. This type of altar is used by story-tellers and priests in order to narrate tales from the Hindu tradition.

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  • Anito amulet. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Anito

    A human figure called anito representing human or natural spirits. It is one of the most important works in the collection from the Philippines. 
     

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  • Byeri. Fang figure. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Byeri. Fang Figure

    It is one of the most important plastic art expressions in African cultures, in this case the Fang, which protects ancestors' relics.

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  • Kayapó feather diadem. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Kayapó feather diadem

    Feather adornment used in the Kayapó groups to celebrate important rituals.

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  • Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, Goddess of Compassion. National Anthropology Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, Goddess of Compassion

    A representation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, goddess of compassion, who in China takes on a female form and receives the name Guan Yin.

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  • Catrina figure made by the Purépechas. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Catrina figure from the Purépechas

    A figure representing death and forming part of the so-called altar of the dead used on the day of the dead.

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  • Figure of Shiva with remains of offerings. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Figure of Shiva with remains of offerings

    Sculpture representing the tantric god Shiva with 18 arms, seated on a double lotus throne.

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  • 'Zacatero Indian'. National Museum of Anthropology, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Zacatero Indian

    It is part of a set of 17 watercolours by Féliz Martínez, the only works by this artist which can be seen in Madrid.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • National Anthropology Museum © Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

    A Way of Looking: Typical People by Baltasar Cue

    The National Anthropology Museum takes a look at Baltasar Cue's complicity with the townspeople he photographed.

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  • Tona the Piper. Llanes. 1891-1949. Photo by Baltasar Cue © Museo del Pueblo Asturiano

    Exhibition: People of…Another Way of Looking

     The National Anthropology Museum includes photography in the temporary exhibition, 'A Way of Looking: Typical People by Baltasar Cue (1891-1894)'.

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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

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December; and two local holidays.

Rates

General: €3

Reduced: €1,50

Admission free on Saturdays after 2pm, Sundays and 18 April, 18 May, 12 October and 6 December.

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