The National Museum and Research Centre of Altamira is a state owned museum and it was created in 1979 for the conservation, study, dissemination and enjoyment of the knowledge it contains. It is an institution devoted to discovering everything about Altamira, a masterpiece in universal art history and our most remote past. The cave of Altamira was declared a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) in 1985. The new building for the museum was opened to public in 2001; its author was the spanish architect J. Navarro Baldeweg.
Altamira mission is to conserve the rock art of Altamira and the other public archaeological heritage entrusted to it and to promote intelectual access to ist scientific kowledge and the Paleolitic Culture that constitutes its context to all members of the public.