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National Archaeological Museum of Spain

National Archaeological Museum of Spain ©
National Archaeological Museum of Spain ©

A worthwhile visit in a country known for its rich history, the National Archaeological Museum was founded in 1867 with the purpose of being a depository for the collection of coin, archaeological, ethnographical, and decorative art collections compiled by the Spanish monarchs. Situated in a stately neoclassical mansion alongside the National Library, the museum's collection ranges from prehistoric times to the 19th century. One of the major exhibits is the famous Iberian statue, 'The Lady of Elche', a carving from the 4th century BC found on the southeastern coast of Spain. Another intriguing exhibit is the Islamic collection, outlining the long and influential history of the Moors in Spain.