Madrid, the Spanish capital is full of impressive museums, and I picked the 10 which I’d love to see most. These museums offer works of fine art, applied art, decorative arts, information about the lives of some of the most famous Spanish artists, writers and more.
Reina Sofia Museum (Queen Sofia Museum)
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Opened to public in 1992, Reina Sofia Museum mostly contains 20th century Spanish artists such Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. While museum also includes works of other established Spanish and international artists, the most famous piece of the Reina Sofia Museum is Guernica, painted by Picasso to reflect the effects of war. You can read about Guernica’s story in Jeremy’s post.
The museum is closed Tuesdays and the admission is 6,00 Euro.
Â Casa Museo Lope de Vega
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Dedicated to the most famous (and productive – he wrote about 2000 plays!) Spanish playwright Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio (1562-1635), Casa Museo Lope de Vega is where the writer lived for the last 25 years of his life. You can join the tour (in English) and learn about the writer. Entrance is free. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. It is also closed during August.
Museo de la Fundacion Lazaro Galdiano
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As a writer who is a business major, it is hard for me to resist visiting the house of the Spanish journalist/entrepreneur Jose La¡zaro Galdiano (1862-1947), so one of my first museum visits would be to Museo de la Fundacian La¡zaro Galdiano. This house-turned-museum not only enables you to find about the man himself, but it also offers the experience of seeing the works prominent artists such as El Greco, Velazquez, Guardi, Turner, Reynolds, Bosch, Goya and more. The house also has a massive library. The museum is open from 10am to 4:30pm Mondays to Fridays (closed on Tuesdays and public holidays. The admission costs 4 Euro
Museo del Romanticismo
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Dedicated to the romantic period of the 19th century and its Spanish artists, Museo del Romanticismo will show you everything about life in the 19th century including arts, decoration, furniture and more. It is open every day, apart from Mondays and several public holidays.
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativos
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If you like ceramics, pottery, ornaments, glass works and other forms of decorative art, you might want to make sure you have time for 5 floors of exhibits in the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativos. This museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday (from 9:40am to 3pm), and on Sundays and public holidays (from 10am to 3pm). You can call 91 532 64 99 to learn about the museum’s closed dates. Entry costs 2.40 Euro
Â Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
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Spain’s Fine Arts Museum Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando showcasesÂ artwork from Ribera, Velazquez, Zurbaran, Murillo, Van Dyck, Rubens, Raphael, Goya and more. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays and the visiting hours change on Saturdays, as well as in the months of July and August). Entrance fee is 3 Euro.
Museo Naval de Madrid
Madrid’s Naval Museum can satisfy all curiosity about the Spanish Navy and its history. It offers exhibits going back centuries and you can also find flags, weapons, naval charts, paintings of famous sailors and naval battles, figureheads, scale models of ships and more. The museum welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday (from 10am to 2pm.), and it is free to enter. It is closed on Mondays.
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Museo Sorolla is another graceful example of a house-transformed-into-museum. Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida’s works, including the ultimate painting he was working on before his death, can be found in the museum. The entrance fee is Euroe and it is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9:30am and 8pm. It is also open on Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 3pm. However you might want to call the museum at 91 3101584 for for the days it is closed.
Museo de America
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Previously housed as a part of the National Archaeological Museum, Museo de America has been receiving visitors in its building in Avenida Reyes Catalicos since 1962. It has a rich collection of thousands of South and Central American artifacts. This is the perfect choice if you are interested in the Pre-Columbian artworks.
You can visit Museo de America (Museum of the Americas) from Tuesday to Saturday, (9:30am to 3pm) and on Sundays & holidays from 10am to 3pm. The admission fee is 3 Euro, and it is free to enter on the 18th of May, 12th of October and 6th of December.
Biblioteca Nacional & Museo Arqueologico Nacional
Opened in 1892, the building Palacio de Bibliotecas y Museos in Calle Serrano contains both the Biblioteca Nacional & Museo Arqueollogico Nacional (National Library and The Archeloogical Museum). Both the library and the museum offer immense collections. Archeology enthusiasts can find reproductions of some of the ancient European cave paintings, Greek ceramics, Roman mosaics, Egyptian mummies and more.
The library part offers maps, millions of books, newspapers, cartographic works, postcards, video recordings, music-related documents and more. Currently the library is closed because of renovation, and it is free to visit the museum while the renovation is going on. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday (09:30am to 8pm), and on Sundays and public holidays from 09:30am to 3pm. The museums are closed on Mondays, as well as on January 1 and 6, May 1, September 9 and 24, 25 and 31 of December.
Most Madrid museums and attractions are free to enter when you own a Madrid card, which costs 32 Euro¬ for 24 hours and 4 Euro for 48 hours.
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