Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro — the list of great artists of Spain is endless. This must be why there are countless museums in the country, for them to house all the precious works of art of these magnificent Spanish artists.
In fact, many are found in Madrid. Hence, if you’re bound for the city as a first-timer and plan to roam around and tour the place, remember to check out and explore its museums, even if only a few of them. Museum hopping is a must, as the city is known for its unique and exciting museums, each of which has numerous artifacts on display you can ever lay your eyes on. In fact, Madrid Museums boast of millions of art collections such as sculptures and paintings, not only the creation of Spanish maestros, but also artists from all over the world. Valuable archaeological discoveries are likewise on display, many coming from Spain, and others from Europe and Asia.
I’ve visited the following 7 Madrid museums, and was very much impressed that I got enticed to write this post, hoping that people will learn about them and pay them a visit as well. Admission to some are free every day of the week, others offer free entrance on certain days, and still others have free admissions on specific hours of the day. What’s true for all is that they are exciting ones that you must see and explore.
1. Museo del Romanticismo
A hundred meters or two from the busy Metro Station of Tribunal, in downtown Madrid, is the Museum of Romanticism, its accessibility of which makes it one of the most visited museums in the city. The museo occupies an 18th century edifice that’s a stone-throw away from the tourist-magnet stretch of Calle Fuencarral. The floors feature different rooms of a house or Spanish casa that’s typical of the olden days.
Direccion: Calle San Mateo 13 28004 Madrid
Admission is free on Saturdays, starting at 2PM
Regular admssion price is 3 euros
2. Museo de Historia de Madrid
Also within the hip Chueca neighborhood is the popular Museum of the History of Madrid, housed within the former San Fernando Hospice building. And as its name implies, the museo boasts of valuable paintings and historical items that represent the strata of society, ways of living, types of clothing, and means of livelihood of Madrileños from different eras. Visit the Museum and appreciate numerous artifacts from as early as the middle of the 1500’s up to the modern times.
Address: C/ Fuencarral 78 28004 Madrid
Admission: Free all days of the week
3. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Part of the art promenade or the Triangle of Art, Thyssen’s permanent collection is mainly the history of painting coming from different European countries from the Middle Ages up the modern 20th century. Italian, Russian, German and American works of art are among the important displays with the museum.
Free Entry: Every Monday, limited to the Museum’s Permanent Collection between 12Noon and 4PM
Direccion: 8 Paseo del Prado 28014 Madrid
Regular Admission: 12 euros, covers at exhibits, both permanent and temporary
4. Museo de America
Moncloa is famous for the Victory Arch of Madrid, or the Moncloa Gate, and also the Spanish Air Force, or the Ejercito del Aire. Likewise a crowd-drawer is the Museum of the Americas, considered to be one of the city’s major centres of culture and the art. Here you will find numerous historical and archaeological items on display every day of the year. Many are not only from Spain and the US, but also from the Latin countries as well.
Direccion: Avenida Reyes Católicos 6 28040 Madrid
Admission: Free during Sundays. The rest of the days of the week: €3
5. Museo de los Caños del Perral
The metro station of Opera does not only serve as an integral component of the city’s efficient transport system, but it is also home to a below-the-ground archeological museum — the Museo de los caÑos del Perral. Virtually a museum located underground, it displays valuable archaeological remains that provides efficient plumbing for fountains of the city, during the 1500 and 1600’s.
Address: Within Opera Metro, Plaza Reina Isabel II
Admission: Free if you are a Metro train rider, 1.50 euros if you´re visiting from outside the Metro facility
The museum is open to the public on on weekends, Fridays to Sunday. Time open: 11AM to 1PM, 5PM to 7PM.
6. Chamberi Ghost Museum
We have featured one metro station that’s permanent home to an underground museum. Still, there is another that doesn’t function anymore as a train station, but was converted into an actual museum- this is the Chamberi train station. For some reason, this station got closed down by the Metro administation. Eventually, it was turned into a museum, displaying artifacts that tell about the Metro’s early days.
Direccion: Plaza de Chamberi, Madrid
Admission is Free, but open only on Friday, 11AM – 1PM and 5PM – 7PM; and Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 2PM
7. Prado Museum
Strategically located along the Museo del Prado is probably Spain’s most famous museum bearing the same name. It is a must-visit if you are a museum-phile as it contains a great number of art and painting work from and the whole of Europe. What was originally a museum intended for Spain’s Royal family, if only because of its rare collections, visitors will be enthralled to see some of the best Spanish art paintings and pieces like Goya, Rembrandt, Titian, and Velasquez.
Operational hours: 9AM to 8PM. Closed on Sundays.
Regular Admission fee: 6 euros
Free Admission: From 6PM to 8PM, Tuesday to Saturday; 5PM to 8PM, Sunday