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The Museum of Archeology and Paleontology in Alcala de Henares is located in the former Dominican Convent of the Mother of God. It is next to the Archbishops palace in the centre of Alcala de Henares.

Museum of Archaeology and Paleontology

Spain This Way review: The museum is free to enter and has some interesting exhibits and so worth a visit when you are exploring Alcala de Henares.

Museum of Archeology and Paleontology in Alcala de Henares

The museum was formerly known as the Regional Archeological Museum of Madrid and was opened in 1999. In 2020 the museum was expanded to include the paleontology museum.

The museum is housed in the former Dominican Convent of the Mother of God which was built during the 17 and 18th centuries. It was later used as a prison and was later abandoned and in a poor state before being converted into a museum.

The Archaeology section of the museum is split into several distinct collections with items from different time periods.

The "Before Humanity" exhibits includes a fossilised Trilobite, the skeleton of a sabre-toothed tiger and the skeleton of a Mastodan which is an early relative of a modern elephant.

The "First Settlers" section has some early tools including a flint drill used to make holes in wood and bone. There are also bones of animals which were alive during this period.

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The next section charts the time "From the first producers to the dawn of the state". Man had begun to farm the fields and domesticate animals. Groups formed in order to work the land and new tools and techniques were invented.

Exhibits include bottles and jars and decorated bowls. There is also a pot for making cheese and a lantern.

The "Hispano-Roman" period exhibits include a number of mosaics and statues created to decorate the Roman houses and there are coins and a kiln too."

The "Medieval Madrid" collection includes coins and ceramics and jewelry as does the next collection, "Madrid and the Court", though these are of a greater detail and sophistication.

The "Antique Garden" contains items which didn't fit in the above collections and includes a number of mosaics and a funeral altar.

After visiting the archaeology exhibits the museum has a paleontology exhibition with collections of fossils found in the Madrid region.

The museum is free to visit and is open every day except Monday.

Museum of Archeology and Paleontology in Alcala de Henares

Places to visit nearby

Alcala de Henares is a lovely town to visit . It has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status on account of its university and the city walls. It also has the longest arcaded street in Europe and is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.

Alcala de Henares is an easy day trip from Madrid by train or car. Madrid is a wonderful city to visit for its legendary art museums, its architecture and its lively atmosphere.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Madrid guide and the Madrid Province guide.

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