If you are interested in art, I am sure during your next stay in Madrid you will not want to miss the opportunity to visit one of its museums, of which there are many. There are plenty of them, covering many different themes, for all tastes, and some of which even for free.

The following list is just my personal suggestion, based on my joy for art. I hope you enjoy them! 

The Golden Triangle of Art of Madrid

The Golden Triangle of Art of Madrid, is my first recommendation. This triangle consists of  the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, museums we have talked about in a previous post. Here you can find the work of both National and European artists such as Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí, Rubens, Dürer, Rembrandt and Caravaggio.

Sorolla Museum

Possibly my favourite museum, dedicated to the work of the Valencian artist, Joaquín Sorolla, which we talked about in another post.

Web Sorolla Museum

CaixaForum Madrid

It is a sociocultural center that houses temporary exhibitions in the Paseo del Prado, located in the former Power Station of Mediodía, a building renovated by Herzog & De Meuron. It has an attractive vertical garden on the front of the museum, photographed by many tourists. The building presents a unique architecture and belongs to La Caixa Bank, which also has other centers such as CosmoCaixa, dedicated to astronomy.

Web CaixaForum Madrid

Lope de Vega House-Museum

Located on Cervantes Street, number 11, in the neighbourhood of Las Letras. This museum was the house (built in the 16th century) where the great writer of the Golden Age, Lope de Vega, lived during the  last 25 years of his life, from 1610 when he acquired it, until his death in 1635. Visits (prior reservation required) are only guided (in Spanish, English, Italian and French). During summer months, there are theatrical performances in the gardens.

Web Lope de Vega House-Museum

National Archaeological Museum (MAN)

Located on Serrano Street, number 13, in the neighbourhood of Salamanca, MAN houses one of the most important collections of antiques in the world. It reopened its doors after renovations that lasted six years. Samples of works of art from different Mediterranean cultures from prehistory to the 19th century can be found here. The Lady of Elche, the Treasure of Guarrazar and the Zamora pyxis, stand out.

Web National Archaeological Museum

National Library Museum

Founded by Felipe V, this museum opened in 1712. Its objective is to spread the importance of books throughout history. The National Library receives and preserves copies of all books published in Spain. It has an incunabula collection, original editions, manuscripts, prints, drawings, photographs, sound recordings, paintings, sculptures and musical instruments related to the art of books.

Web National Library Museum

The Garment Museum

The museum was created in 2004, but many of its works were exhibited in the Regional and Historic Garment Museum. It has pieces that span from the 16th century to the present. Given the delicacy of the materials, the Permanent Exhibition changes continuously to preserve the conservation of the pieces in the long term.

Web The Garment Museum

For more information about the museums in Madrid.


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