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Any tour of Spain should include several museums

With its rich culture and compelling history, Spain has some of the best museums in the world. Whether you're interested in admiring a collection of famous artwork or an exhibit dedicated to the country's civil war, a tour of Spain will undoubtedly leave you feeling satisfied with your trip.

The Santa Cruz Museum is among the most unique destinations in Spain. Located in Toledo, the building was originally constructed as a hospital for the less fortunate, and today its beautiful facade stands as a shining example of Plateresque architecture. While its unusual story and breathtaking exterior are certainly appealing, it's what is housed inside that makes the Santa Cruz Museum such a popular destination.

The museum is home to a wide variety of works, but perhaps most appealing is its extensive collections of pieces from the 16th and 17th century. You can also see more than a dozen works from El Greco.

While the Santa Cruz Museum is dedicated to the country's rich art history, the National Archaeological Museum of Spain is more focused on its history, which dates as far back as the pre-historic era.

Some of the artifacts housed within the National Archaeological Museum are truly awe-inspiring. Among the best-known is the Lady of Baza, a sculpture from the fourth century B.C.

Of course, you can't discuss Spanish museums without touching on The Prado, which is arguably the most famous art museum in Europe. The Prado attracts upwards of 2.7 million visitors each year, and with more than 7,600 paintings on display, it's easy to see why.

The Prado is perhaps most famous for being home to many paintings by Francisco Goya, one of the most prolific artists in Spanish history.

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