Museo Sorolla
Museo Sorolla
4.5
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Sorolla Museum preserves the original atmosphere of both home and study of the painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Valencia, 1863 - Cercedilla, 1923). It houses the richest collection of his works, colourful paintings irradiating light and vitality. It is one of the more complete and best preserved artist homes remaining in Europe. The garden, also designed by himself, is a beautiful oasis in the city.
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Neighbourhood: Chamberí
Multi-story residential buildings decorated with ornate balconies line the traditional, quiet, and pretty streets of Chamberí. Humble storefronts and neighbourhood taverns are scattered across the lower levels down every block, and here and there, there's a cluster of tables on the sidewalk. It isn't ever crowded, but people are always out, poking into the tiny bakeries, hardware stores, and tobacco shops, or ducking into a bright, unadorned cerveceria to have a coffee or beer by the bar, flip through the paper, and check the sports score. The round Plaza Olavide, where the fairly regular network of streets breaks form, is among the most green and lively spots. Restaurants line its circumference and sought-after outdoor tables fill the center of the plaza, where people relax to the sounds of kids playing and street musicians' tunes.
How to get there
  • Gregorio Marañón • 4 min walk
  • Rubén Darío • 5 min walk
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EgyptophileEngland
Burnley, UK197 contributions
Sep 2022
We have been visiting the Museo Sorolla whenever we were in Madrid and for YEARS. Their website says the Sorolla Museum Foundation was created through the bequest of Clotilde García del Castillo, the painter's widow, who bequeathed her personal collection of his “paintings, notes and drawings” and the family home to the Spanish State in her 1925 will, in order to create a Museum in remembrance of her late husband. The State accepted the bequest and the Sorolla Museum opened as the Sorolla Museum Private Educational Foundation.

It remained in this form until 1993, when new regulations prohibited the State from owning foundations. The institution was then divided into two: The Sorolla Museum, dependent on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, which is still connected to the Museum and is governed by its Board.

When we first visited - pre 1993 - the ceilings were peeling, the walls were damp and the place was virtually devoid of visitors - though the art was absolutely STUNNING and made us Sorolla aficionados for life. Over the years the building has had vast improvement, the programme of exhibitions and hangings has extended or been changed around and more areas of the house have increasingly been opened up to visitors. When we visited last week the museum was seriously over-crowded - rather in the manner of 'block buster' exhibitions at a National Gallery though without the space or systems to deal with such numbers. It was wonderful to see so many people now appreciating the superb paintings of this talented artist brought about by the generous bequest of his wife but, oh something has to be done about the numbers, organisation of this success and, to be honest, one or two of the staff. We were treated with consideration and politeness. We didn't have to queue to obtain our tickets as the attendant pulled us from the queue blocking the door to the shop/ticket office/left luggage/and toilets, took our age validations and returned with our free entry tickets. Wonderful, simply wonderful not even to have to pay to see Sorolla's stunning paintings even if we were shoulder to shoulder with other enamoured visitors. We noted though that one of the attendants in the main studio was just WAITING for a visitor to put a toe on one of the rugs on the floor before rudely reproving them. Curators, put a little chain round it so people know they're not allowed to stand on it, or round any precious items they're not allowed too near to so they don't fall foul of the attendants. The little dried flower bundles and pine cones indicating people may not sit on the chairs is discreet, charming and seems effective.

As it happens this current temporary exhibition wasn't for me because the dark environment and oddly positioned lighting played havoc with my sight. The opening up of a different route to get back downstairs certainly should help for a 'through route' but then one finishes up at the front of the house, the opposite side of the building from the shop and temptingly close to the gateway to the street without having to make any post visit purchase. We did work our way back to the shop through the artists in the garden/more folk queueing for tickets to select, and join the queue to pay for our purchases but PHEW! It had to be someone as talented as Sorolla to give us the enjoyment of visiting the Museo Sorolla. Either the admission price has to be raised (would be worth every cent!) or timed, limited number admissions system has to be introduced. We enjoyed Sorolla's paintings for FREE and with not another soul around in the Fundacion Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson and also in the Prado which is free in the evenings. The Museo Sorolla is now a victim of its own success and needs some tweaking - if not re-thinking. We love it, love it....but....
Written 18 September 2022
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laila khan khan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
Oct 2021
One of the most enchanting small museums anywhere! A gem hidden in Gral. Martinez Campos... Well worth drifting through, amazing impressionistic art of the gardens of this home...
Written 6 August 2022
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Sofia
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Sorolla’s work is completely incredible. Beautiful house, a must in Madrid. In comparison to the mayority of museums in Madrid it is relatively small and one is offered the descriptions of every painting once you enter the room. Very personal and a “short” visit. Great way to start your day.
Written 4 August 2022
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binab
Ljubljana, Slovenia25 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The house and the gardens are beautiful and quite peaceful for a place in such a busy neighbourhood. We absolutely loved each room, the paintings are true masterpieces. For a small house, the collection is huge! I highly recommend visiting the museum. Read a little bit about Sorolla and his work, if you want to really get to know his artistic development, since there are mostly just paintings with the titles in the museum.
Written 17 July 2022
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Ron F
North Finchley, UK241 contributions
May 2022
A great little place off the main tourist trail, and a fascinating insight into the life of an artist famous in Spain but less well known outside. You can visit his Andalusian-style garden, his studio and his private home. The information panels are very good, and there's (naturally) a gift shop at the exit, which has a wide range of unusual items.
Written 16 July 2022
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Michael B
Brooke, UK53 contributions
Jun 2022
A great artist. Delightful that is was his home. And while the house was packed with Sorolla's artwork it was still easy to get around to see everything without getting too tired or overloaded.Stronly recommend a visit
Written 30 June 2022
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Tricia H
Beverly, MA16 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is a small gem in Madrid! The museum is in the house and gardens of Joaquin Sorolla. He is one of Spain’s most premier artists. He focused mainly on portraits and landscapes. But this does not adequately describe his work. He was very concerned with light and how it influenced the perception and observation of his subject. He studied in Spain, Italy, and Paris. You can see some of his experiments with Impressionism. Mostly, he painted in his own style. I recommend getting the audio guide they have in a variety of languages. So glad we didn’t miss this,
Written 29 June 2022
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Adventure828817
Madrid, Spain12 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum is set in the house of the painter, so it is like visiting him in his study. The garden is peaceful and beautiful. All the works in the exhibition are amazing and the house is very picturesque. Don't expect lifts and ramps, as this is a real house.
Written 20 June 2022
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Scott A
Eastbourne, UK5 contributions
May 2022
What a delightful little museum! Perhaps Madrid's best kept secret. It's far more intimate than the city's other cultural attractions and, if I remember correctly, the entry fee was also very cheap. The house and grounds are gorgeous and Sorolla's art is deeply personal. There is something quite special about visiting this place. You inevitably go away, feeling like you've met the painter himself. He also has a gift for capturing the light. The fierce Spanish sun. It's quite unlike anything else I've come across. Although there's a lack of working class subject matter in his work (there are a few exceptions in his oeuvre, however), one can't deny that he does at least paint from the heart and with genuine affection. It's endearing, if nothing else, and I have to say, it did win me over. Highly recommended.
Written 10 June 2022
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland152 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
After having visited an exhibition in Milan dedicated to Sorolla, I decided to visit this Museum in Madrid.
What makes it unique is the setting: the museum is hosted in the artist’s house. Visitors can not only admire his beautiful paintings, but also be “transported” back in time, in his atelier, richly decorated, as well as other family rooms.
The gardens, often painted by the artist, are also very enjoyable.
The entry fee was only 3 EUR.
Written 30 May 2022
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  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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