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The Museum

The National Museum of Anthropology was founded in 1875 by the personal initiative of the Segovian doctor Pedro González Velasco, and under the name of His Anatomical or Anthropological Museum. Then the museum became accountable to the old Cabinet of Natural History and later, from the Higher Council for Scientific Research, first under the name, the Museum of Anthropology, Ethnography and Prehistory, then, the National Museum of Ethnology, becoming a dedicated museum exclusively to cultural anthropology.

At present, the permanent exhibition of the museum is oriented to offer you a global vision of the cultures of different peoples of the world. The cultural groups are organized by continents and, within each of them, the different manifestations are organized according to the same scheme or pattern of functional contexts that is repeated in each hall.

The ANM aims to be a museum open to all people and in which, honoring its motto, we all have a place: we and the others. A museum in which multiculturalism and diversity that exist in the world are our reason for being. That is why, in the museum, we are committed to highlighting the richness that this cultural diversity brings to all of us.

The ANM is also committed to an environmental attitude that translates into advocating for a greener, healthier and more sustainable world for all human beings.

In conclusion, the ANM aims to consolidate itself as a space / meeting point and coexistence of people and cultures, in which human values and emotions, combined with sustainability and respect for the environment, are our main motivation. An objective that we can not reach alone, but with the participation of all of you.

  • OPEN
    • From Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m
    • Sundays and holidays: from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.


    • Mondays, January 1 and 6, May 1, December 24, 25 y 31and one local holiday.

Visitor phone

91 701 70 00