9 Less Known Museums of Madrid You Should Consider Visiting
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place. Madrid is basically stuffed with galleries and museums showcasing the Spain’s most significant set of paintings. The capital is home to various great pieces of art created by the most well-known and important artists in the history. When visitors come to Madrid the must visit museums are the ones they head to – Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. However, the city boasts with many other interesting museums that we have picked out for you. So get your pen and paper ready, or your Google Maps to pinpoint the areas and let’s get started.
If you like the works of Goethe, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rosalia de Castro or Lord Byron, then the Romanticism museum is definitely for you. Here, you can see how people lived in the Romantic era during the 19th century. The museum displays a delightful collection of more than 1,600 pieces including paintings, furniture, pianos, and china to name a few. The museum underwent a great renovation works for eight years and was reopened to the public in 2009. And once here, make sure to have a cup of coffee at Café del Jardin, or the Garden Café, which serves to be the best-kept secret in Madrid.
Address: San Mateo 13, https://goo.gl/maps/XwE5Qu8JJ4N2
Museo de América
The best collection of pre-Columbian American art and artifacts of Europe are kept in the museum. You can also see the articles about the Conquest and the time when Spain ruled over South and Central America. The collection boasts with peerless treasures like the Madrid Codex, Mayan illustrated glyph manuscripts which only exist four in the world, the Tudela Codex and an illustrated manuscripts from central Mexico depicting the Spanish Conquest. I won’t continue, you need to see it yourself.
One thing I will tell you though is that the museum is not arranged by the countries but by the themes – ‘the family’, ‘communication’ etc., with artifacts from each period and country. If you are not that knowledgeable about the pre-Columbian culture, this might be a bit frustrating experience, but the museum is still superb to see such rear treasures.
Address: Avda de los Reyes Católicos 6 https://goo.gl/maps/stTAUentPdw
Price: €3; reduced €1.50; Sunday free
Madrid’s oldest museum, dating from 1867, was reopened in 2014 after an extensive six-year renovation works. It “aims” to be the Europe’s, and therefore the world’s best archaeological museum. It shows the human evolution from prehistoric times till the 15th century, as well as the artifacts from the Iberian, Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Roman, Punic, Visigothic, Paleochristian, and Muslim cultures. The biggest majority of exhibits came from excavations done within Spain and illustrates the astonishing permanence and variety of the Iberian Peninsula.
Address: Serrano 13 https://goo.gl/maps/4RRyhkdSz2z
Price: €3; €1.50 for students; free under-18s and over-65s.
Free from 2.30pm-8.3pm Sat and all day Sunday
Valencia-born artist Joaquín Sorolla was an advocate of ‘luminism’ – the celebration of light, rather than a neo-Impressionist as he is often considered. Known for his gleaming, bright portraits and family scene paintings, Sorolla’s house museum presents his 250 works exhibited in his former studio on the main floor. The dining and breakfast rooms and salon still remain same as it was during the time artist lived here. The Moorish-inspired garden is a peaceful oasis of tranquility.
Address: Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37 https://goo.gl/maps/edniYuHjTGr
Price: €2.40; reduced €1.20. Free Sun
The Decorative Arts Museum exhibits more than 15,000 objects including furniture and tapestries from all over the country and many from China. One of the most valued rooms in the museum is the fifth-floor tiled kitchen carefully relocated from an 18th-century Valencian palace. The 1,604 painted tiles show a domestic scene, with a group of servants making hot chocolate.
Address: Montalbán 12 https://goo.gl/maps/9TMaSm1Nr5m
Price: €2.40; €1.20 for students; free under-18s and over-65s.
Housed in a luxurious late-19th-century mansion, the museum boasts an astonishing private collection of artifacts and artworks accumulated by the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo – Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa. Right-wing politician and traveler, he obsessively gathered pieces everywhere he went. He left his collection to the state with the condition for exhibits to remain as it had arranged.
Besides paintings, the museum also features an amazing set of European and Japanese armor, watches, weapons, leather-bound books, pipes, and clocks to name a few. The mansion itself is quite interesting as well. Almost unharmed, it shows how the aristocracy lived in that period.
Address: Ventura Rodríguez 17 https://goo.gl/maps/i8LqXySkby72
Price: €3; reduced €1.50
Free Sat from 2 pm, Thu 5pm-8pm, all day Sun
Madrid’s railway museum has a reminiscent set of models, railway equipment, old locomotives, and memorabilia. Here, you can find a room dedicated to clocks, which feature the one that indicated the time when the country’s first ever train went from Barcelona to Mataró.
The museum is located in an abandoned Delicias train station, which first opened in 1880 but closed down in 1969. It reopened as a museum in 1984 and since then serves as a unique landmark of the capital. The museum is not only great for kids but adults as well. Here you can climb up the trains, relive the old days and even drink in an old restaurant car.
Do not miss out on the amazing market they do once a month with live music, food trucks and high quality stands that sell design pieces, art and clothing: https://mercadodemotores.es/
Address: Paseo de las Delicias 61 https://goo.gl/maps/BEmQS97YJwo
Price: €6; reduced €4; free under-4s
Visitors’ day every Sun – €2.50
If you are keen on the wonders of the universe and would like to know more about the astronomy, then the museum is exactly for you. The planetarium has a 28-meter tall observation tower along with a number of projection rooms where you can watch diverse astronomical phenomena – arrangements of the planets, star formation, galaxies and black holes. Additionally, if you are really interested in learning the field, the venue offers courses on astronomy and holds special observation events. But it’s all in Spanish.
Address: Parque Tierno Galván https://goo.gl/maps/uAkudh9zDVt
Price: Adult – €3.55; Senior – €1.55; Child – € 1.55
Clothing Museum is a relatively new addition to the museum scene of the capital. Opened in 2004, the venue is a great place for those who are interested in tailoring, dressmaking and the evolution of clothing styles. More than 160,000 garments are chronologically arranged. The very oldest are considered to be the Hispano-Muslim pieces and Coptic cloth. The displays show the Spanish fashion of the last six centuries. And few rooms of the museum are devoted to the celebrities of the field such as Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo or Balenciaga.
Address: Avenida de Juan de Herrera 2 https://goo.gl/maps/C3EdsKcuE162
Price: Adult – €3; Free for senior, student and child under 18
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