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MUPAC – Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria

The MUPAC, the Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueología de Cantabria (Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria) was a must-visit for my while in Santander.

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On over 2.000 m² they cover more than 2.600 exhibits.

The MUPAC is open from Tuesday til Sunday, from 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:30, in the summer time, Saturday and Sundays even til 20:00. The entry fee is 5 Euro.

The museum was founded in 1926 and covers a dozend stages / topics.

  • Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Ecology
  • First Settlers
  • Life in Caves
  • The First Art
  • The Apogee of Palaeolithic Art
  • Big Changes
  • First Metals
  • Cantabrians
  • Cantabrian Wars
  • Romanization
  • Life and Death in the Middle Ages

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The first thing you see, is a big cube with a lot of archaeological finds. Tooth, bones and parts of weapons and skulls. They have a lot of interactive installments, like multi-language displays and a virtual excavation site.

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Another part of the exhibition recreates a cave and shows findings of tools, hunting equipment and other items of everyday life in the stone age.

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The hall after that, had a lot of pillar showcases, in which you find carved teeth and bones. For example a wild goat or red deer. The amount of detail is amazing for pieces so early in human history.

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The third quarter of the museum covers the early cantabrians, among them huge stelaes. The reach back to the pre-roman era of the iberian peninsular.

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From there the museum takes you to the first contacts between iberian and roman culture. Findings from conflicts and war.

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And this continues to the middle ages, and the contacts with Muslims and Visigoths.

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The visit was quite interesting, however I expected to get to know more about the cantabrian and celtiberian tribes. On the one hand, it must be difficult to go into detail on "only" 2.000 m² with such a large timeframe to cover, and on the other hand, it shows that about many parts of the cantabrian / celtiberian history not that much is actually known.

But those parts, that are known, found and/or discovered, were presented in a appealing way. If you want to visit the museum, you should plan in around 45-60 minutes for your stay. If Santander is to far away from you, they even keep an virtual tour through the Museum ready. You can find it here: MUPAC Virtual Tour.

Link: MUPAC - Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria

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