10 Things to Know about Madrid Museum

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If I have to name just one thing that will make your Madrid tour successful, I would say ‘Museum’. The city is the home of many important artworks mostly by great Spanish and European masters. And then, there is a huge collection of many fancy museums you should not miss if you are in Madrid. Read these 10 things about the museums in Madrid:

1. Finest Collection of European Arts in Museo del Prado

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Museo del Prado or Prado museum is one the three heavy hitters in Madrid. Starting from 12th century, the museum has the Royal collection of paintings and sculptures until the 19th century. No wonder this is one the greatest art museum in the world. The most popular item in the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez. Visitors get a free access on Monday to Saturday after 6:00 pm and on Sundays and holidays after 5:00 pm.


  • Name: Museo del Prado.
  • Address: Paseodel Prado, s/n28014.
  • Price: General admission: €16; General admission + official guidebook: €25; Concessions: €8.
  • Access: by metro Atocha (L1), Banco de España (L2).
  • Opening hour: Monday to Saturday – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday & Holidays – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Website: https://www.museodelprado.es/en

2. From Classical to Modern Arts Collection in Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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The second member of the “Golden Triangle of Art” Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has the huge collection of contemporary art from the 13th century till the late 20th century. The brilliant collection starts from Renaissance, Mannerism, Romanticism up to modern Pop Art of today. In this museum, you get to visit some most unique collection from the 19th century’s American art culture that is not available in any other museum in entire Europe.


  • Name: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Address: Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid.
  • Price: General € 12.00.
  • Access: Accessible by Banco de España Station (L2).
  • Opening hour: Monday – 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm; Rest of the days – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Website: http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/home

3. Meet Pablo Picasso In The Reina Sofia Museum

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The last of the famous trio of art museums in Madrid, the Museo Reina Sofía or Queen Sofía Museum, has the collection of two greatest rivals in the history of art, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The most famous art is Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica”, but Dali’s “Landscapes at Cadaqués” is also very popular in the museum. You will also be able to visit many valuable art pieces of the 20th century.


  • Name: Museo Reina Sofía
  • Address:  Calle Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
  • Price: In general € 8.00.
  • Access: can be reached from Atocha metro
  • Opening hour: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 9pm; Sundays: 10am to 2.30pm
  • Holiday: Tuesday
  • Website: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en

4. 19th Century Aristocratic Family In Museo Cerralbo

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Museum Cerralbo will take you to a journey back to the lifestyle of 19th/ early 20th century’s rich aristocratic family. Back in 19th century, this was the home of the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo. This house-museum was created with the arrangement of everyday usable objects in their exact places that were in the 19th century. You will visit a massive collection of sculptures, paintings, medals, coins, armors, weapons etc.


  • Name: Museum Cerralbo
  • Address: Calle Ventura Rodríguez, 17, 28008 Madrid (Madrid).
  • Price: €3 in general.
  • Access: Accessible through Ventura Rodríguez (L3), Plaza de España (L3 and L10) and Noviciado (L2).
  • Opening hour: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Holiday: Monday.
  • Website: http://en.museocerralbo.mcu.es/

5. A Touch of Romanticism in Museo del Romanticismo

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You will visit various important aspects of 19th century’s Madrid society in the museum of Romanticism. The reign of Queen Isabella II is also coined with the term ‘Romantic era’ of Madrid and this is the main focus of this museum. Here you will see many priceless works of Madrazo, Goya, Antonio Esquivel etc. The museum is full of valuable drawings, furniture, décor pieces and so many other things.


6. Enjoy The History Of Fashion In The Costume Museum

Museo del Traje is the place for the people who are interested in the glorious history of fashion and costumes from the ancient time till now. The collection started from fashion elements of 1925 such as clothing and accessories. You can also join many courses, surprise events, workshops arranged by the museum authority.


  • Name: Museo del Traje
  • Address: Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2, Madrid, Spain
  • Price: 3 euro
  • Access: reachable through Moncloa (lines 3 and 6) and Ciudad Universitaria (line 6) metro station.
  • Opening hour: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: http://museodeltraje.mcu.es/index.jsp

7. History of America – Museo de América

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A museum with the collection of various artistic and archaeological collections to represent the American continent. The exhibition is divided based on five theme-based concepts. You can visit many eye-catching collections of pre-Colombian items, colonial period objects & contemporary indigenous cultural stuff like ceramics, jewelry, weapons, statuary and many other things.


8. Past & Present of Transportation In The Madrid Railway Museum

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Starting from the glorious beginning of transportation, the Railway Museum of Madrid gives us a tour through the evolution of the mode of transportation on different timelines in Spain. A huge collection of how the railway transportation began and how it was developed to reach to the present condition, you can observe the entire history in the museum. Also, visitors can enjoy the history archive & library in the museum.


  • Name: The Madrid Railway Museum
  • Address: Paseo de las Delicias 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
  • Price: 6 euro in general
  • Access: by Commuter rail on lines C1 and C10, Delicias station
  • Opening hour: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.museodelferrocarril.org/en/principal.asp

9. A Museum For The Naval History Of Spain

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If you want to know the history of the famous Spanish Armada, a huge Spanish fleet of 130 ships back in 1588, then you must visit the Museum of The Naval History of Spain. The museum displays many astonishing models of ships from the beginning history of Spanish marine till now. The map of Juan de la Cosa which is the earliest map of America has been preserved safely in this museum.


  • Name: El Museo Naval
  • Address: Paseo del Prado, 5, 28014, Madrid
  • Price: 3 euro
  • Access: reach on metro Banco de España
  • Opening hour: 10:00 am – 07:00 pm
  • Website: http://fundacionmuseonaval.com/#_=_

10. Private Museum Tour In Madrid

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Madrid government offers this tour package of sightseeing in many museums in Madrid. The tour is arranged with an expert guide with enough knowledge on the museums and their collections.  Transportation depends on the choice of the visitors. They have different types of packages and you can choose any one of those based on your taste and interest.


Have a good trip and travel!

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