Museums of Madrid, Spain


The museums of Madrid

Being renowned around the world as a cultural city and having a metropolitan area with around 6.5 million inhabitants, Madrid it is the national capital of Spain. Thanks to these large numbers, many museums were constructed in Madrid, from the internationally renowned Real Madrid F.C. Trophy Exhibition, to the Museum of Prado.

The most famous museums in Madrid are located on the Paseo del Arte. Here we can find the Museo National del Pradio, another world renowned museum, featuring an amazing collection of paintings created by great artists from all over the world (not just from Spain). We can also find the Museo National de Arte Reina Sofia, a museum that focuses mostly on more modern art (from the 19th century and up). The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, featuring an amazing private collection of works by famous artists, such as Goya, Titian, Renoir, Kandinsky and Degas, can also be found on the Paso del Arte.

The Royal Palace (also known as the Palacio Real), is another famous museum that attracts a large number of visitors daily. The museum used to be the home of King Juan Carlos: you can visit the pharmacy, the Royal Armory or the official rooms.

We can also name the Museo Nacional de Artes Decoratives (having over 600,000 flat art objects presented), the Museo Cerralbo (a historic, old mansion featuring numerous priceless art objects), the Museo Serrolla (the home of a middle class person, now a museum featuring the paintings of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, and also some other personal collections), and the Museo del Traje (a costume museum).

A good number of municipal museums actually charge no fee for entrance. Museums such as the Museo Municilap de Arte Contemporaneo, the Museo Municipal, the Museo de San Isidro (featuring objects from Spain’s early history and other various archeological discoveries), and the Ciudad Museum that features many city models don’t charge any fees. The last one is mostly visited by school groups. We can also include in our no-cost entrance museum list other places, such as the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple located in a park near the Plaza de Espana, and the Museo al Aire Libre de La Castellana (featuring a collection of abstract sculptures from Spanish artists).

If you are in a situation where you need to travel with children, you can visit the Museo del Ferrocarril or the Train Museum. It is located above an old railroad station; you can even take the kids on a ride.