The National Museum of Anthropology (Spanish: Museo Nacional de Antropología) is a national museum of Spain located in the middle of Madrid near the Parque del Buen Retiro and opposite Atocha railway and metro station. Formally inaugurated on 29 of April in 1875 during the reign of King Alfonso XII, it is considered the oldest anthropology museum in Spain. Many historians, thus, consider the museum as a major historical jewel.
First floor devoted to a former colony
Called the Asia hall, this floor is found in the ground level of the edifice, where presented are cultural and anthropological artifacts and relics from the Philippines. Many of the items are known to be derived from the 1885 exposition held at Parque del Retiro.
Incidentally, in relation to the 1885 exposition, I was fortunate to have been invited to the latest exhibit about this Spanish colony, known as the “Imagenes de Una Exposicion Filipinas e El Parque del Retiro, En 1887.”
Attended by no less than the Philippine Ambassador to Madrid, His Excellency Philippe J. Lhuillier, the exbihit a rich display of photos, artwork, and other museum items on old Philippines.
The said event were also attended by the members of the Filipino community in Spain, as well as the officers and staff members of the Embassy. Indeed, Philippines is in an enviable position for having been allotted a premier spot at one of Madrid’s most prestigious museums.
The exhibit on the Philippines was organized by the Museo and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain. It also featured photographs on the Philippine Exposition 1887 held at the Parque del Retiro.
Anthropological and Cultural Displays from all over
What else can we see at the Anthropology Museum of Madrid? Currently, the museum boasts of a variety of items, not just from the Philippines and Asia but also from other parts of the world, like the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Everyone is invited to visit the museum and see for themselves the rich historical and anthropological items that come from all over the world.
How to Go:
Metro: Atocha, Atocha Renfe (Line 1)
Autobus: 27, 10, 32, 10, Circular
Price of Entry
There are certain times and days visitors don’t need to pay to enter, such as the evening of Saturdays, Sundays, April 18, May 18, October 18
Tue – Sat 9:30AM-8:00PM
Days the Museum is Closed
January 1 & 6; May 1; December 24, 25 & 31
Museo Antrofologia de Madrid