Madrid Travel Guide: Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology - Museo de Antropología y Etnología

This three-storey building between the Retiro and Atocha station houses several levels, each devoted to a specific region or country. The first level has an extensive collection from the Philippines (a former Spanish colony), dominated by a 6m (20ft) dugout canoe. Among the bizarre highlights are a 19th-century Philippine helmet made from a spiky blowfish, shrunken human heads from Peru and the skeleton of Don Agustín Luengo y Capilla, an Extremaduran who was 2.25m (7ft 4in) tall. Even more enticing is a shrivelled tobacco leaf-skinned mummy, said to have once been in Charles III's royal library. Both are in the annexe to the first level.
Address C/Alfonso XII 68
Transport Metro Atocha.
Telephone 91 539 59 95
Open 10am-8pm Tue-Sat; 10am-3pm Sun.

Admission €2.40; €1.20 students; free under-18s, over-65s. Free to all 2.30-7.30pm Sat & all Sun.

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