There’s one museum in Madrid, Spain that’s worth visiting, if only for its beautiful Baroque facade — it’s the History of Madrid Museum, located in the beautiful barrio of Malasana, along the street of Fuencarral.
Originally the Museo de Ayuntamiento (Municipality), the Museo de Historia de Madrid welcomes every individual who wants a dose of Madrid’s rich and romantic history.
The edifice was designed and built by Spanish architect Pedro de Ribera while having the detailed style of Baroque in Mind. It boasts of several floors on which are scattered 14 large rooms or salas. Every space is filled with valuable art pieces — painting, ceramics, sculptures, silverware, all of which tell about the birth and development of the capital, and stories of how it came to be today.
You can only imagine the richness and significance of the collections on display in this historical museum in Madrid. Apart from the conventional art pieces, you can find ancient plans, maps, drawings, and other city implements and tools that helped in the planning, creation, and advancement of Madrid as a city.
To further ensure the display of a complete collection, Madrid museum collaborates with the Prado Museum — the latter loans a number of its own artwork for display at the historical museum. Some of the art pieces on loan are the Felipe II sculpture, the Canvas Antonio Arias; Felipe V painting by Rigaud, Palacio del Buen Retiro by Bautista Martínez del Mazo, 18th century tapestries, and cartoon illustrations by Jose del Castillo and Ramon Bayeu.
Why I love the History of Madrid Museum?
1. First of all, it’s easy and convenient to reach. From its parada at Plaza de Castilla, you can take the 149 autobus and within 20 minutes, your ride will have reached its destination. If you’re taking the subway, the Tribunal Metro Station is just a short walk along Fuencarral Street. The museo, by the way, is right in front of the old Tribunal building.
2. The location is perfect if you who want to go and further explore Madrid as soon as you’re done checking out the museo. As it is, the site is situated in the heart of the city, very near major Madrid attractions and tourist areas such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana, Gran Via, or even the Debod Temple.
Perhaps, all that soaking up and discovering of the history of the country’s capital has got you hungry or wanting to go shopping, right?
3. I’m not sure about their picture-taking policy, but I think it’s permitted to have some shots of the place / art on display. A staff happened to be nearby and was seemingly indifferent as I took some photos. So, I guess it’s okay, just do it a bit discreetly.
4. Best of all, Madrid museum tickets are free. You don’t have to pay even a single centavo just to get in — it’s free all all opening hours, everyday of the week.
Calle Fuencarral 78 28004 Madrid
Tuesday to Sundays – 9:30AM to 8PM (The museum is open all days of the year except December 25, January 1, and May 1)
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