There are so many museums in Madrid that not even locals have visited all of them and as a result, there is a rich variety of subjects to be seen.
A ‘museo’ in Spanish is not just a place to view historical relics but is also an art gallery.
Also, be aware that not all the sections of a Museo will be open as there are constant renovations going on – and many are closed on Mondays.
Here is a list of my favourites:
Museo de America
Avenida Reyes Catolicos, 6
Telephone – 91 543 94 37
Opening Hours – Tue- Sat; 9.30am – 3pm, Sun & public holidays; 10am – 3pm.
On the edge of the University area, this fascinating museum chronicles and explains pre-Columbian and Hispanic artefacts brought over from Latin America.
There is a small information guide in English and you follow a suggested route around the building.
Make sure you keep a look out for the shrunken heads and ‘Day of the Dead’ artefacts.
Calle Ventura Rodriquez, 17
Telephone – 91 547 36 36
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat; 9.30am – 3pm, Sun; 10am – 3pm. Closed on public holidays and during August.
A highly original and absorbing house that was donated to the public in 1922 by the Marquis de
He wanted the contents of the building to be displayed exactly how he left them and, as a result, the museum is an accurate insight into
Information is in Spanish only and highlights include the grand staircase and ballroom.
Museo de Ciencias Naturales
Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2
Telephone – 91 411 1328
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri; 10am – 6pm, Sat; 10am – 8pm, Sunday & public holidays; 10am – 2pm.
A favourite with kids, this well-laid out and informative Natural History
Calle Fuencarral, 78
Telephone – 91 701 18 63
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri; 9.30am – 8pm, Sat, Sun; 10am – 2pm, closed on public holidays
Museo Municipal which traces the history of the city through the ages complete with archaeological discoveries, paintings and maps.
The exhibitions include paintings by Goya and a model of Madrid made in 1830.
San Mateo, 13
Telephone – 91 448 01 63
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat; 9am – 3pm, Sun & public holidays; 10am-2pm.
This little museum in the city centre is a tribute to faded Romantic life and contains a selection of eighteenth century Spanish art, furnishings and decorative objects. In the chapel there is Goya’s Saint Gregory the Great painting and its central location makes it a good starting point for visiting other sights.
General Martinez Campos, 37
Telephone – 91 310 15 84
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat; 9.30am – 3pm, Sun & public holidays; 10am – 3pm.
The artist Sorolla’s house has been preserved in its original state and contains a mixture of post-impressionist and Spanish School art. Most of the rooms are open to the public and make sure you stroll around the lovely gardens before you leave.
Another essential museum to visit in Madrid is Prado, I will write the details in my next post.
Here is a good video introduction: