Art Museums in Madrid

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Art Museums in Madrid

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  • flametrees
    Alice Springs, Australia205 contributions
    Buying the tickets on line was easy as was collecting the tickets the next day when we arrived at the museum. Not having to line up to actually purchase the tickets was a relief as that line was quite lengthy even though we got there as soon as the place opened.
    We also took the audio-guide option that was offered which proved to be invaluable once inside the museum.

    The collection is just amazing and I wished we could have stayed longer than we did. The whole museum is so well set out that even when it is busy, you can still take your time and stop to ponder any pieces that catch your eye.

    Even if you are not into art, you will truly enjoy a visit to the Prado.
    Written 1 December 2022
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  • Hetty S
    Geelong, Australia17 contributions
    The artwork is fabulous. The setting is the home and studio he and his family lived in. The house and gardens are well maintained and make a perfect place to exhibit his work. I’ve been many times and I love it. This time I was annoyed by the women guarding each room. My small backpack seemed to be the problem. Room 1 guard told me to take it off my back, room 2 guard said to wear it on my front, room 3 guard said the backpack wasn’t on the front as it should be, and as I left the door guard told me to put my backpack in a locker. These were never gentle requests, always orders barked at me. The shop assistant was equally obstreperous. I was not alone in being nagged about the wearing of backpacks. It should have been a pleasant visit, instead I felt hounded. Perhaps the people selling the tickets should direct visitors to the locker room at that point, not having room guards chasing the wrongdoers.
    Written 29 November 2022
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  • Haris
    365 contributions
    Nice museum especially the second and third floor ! Modern art, paintings and objects! It is very big museum you need 2 hours to see almost everything! It has also cafeteria to rest! Price for the ticket 12€
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Travel_with_Panaes
    Limassol City, Cyprus573 contributions
    Travellers interested to know the origins of Spanish culture, shall start from this museum. Smaller, compared to other European archeological museums (for instance Vienna) however of equal importance. I visited the floor with the exhibition on Iberia Peninsula only as the Greek exhibition was closed. To summarize, I came out of the museum with knowledge on the cultural history of Iberian Peninsula and amazed from the beautiful artefacts I saw and the informative text. You will adore the bust of the Iberian Lady/Queen and the bronze roman law scripts. It has also an interesting atrium with a skylight and wooden cladded staircase. Easy to navigate.

    Do not miss it.
    Written 20 November 2022
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  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,162 contributions
    I have to completely agree with previous reviewers who suggested this museum over the Royal Palace. First of all, the entry fee is a paltry 3 or 5 euros rather than around 25 for the palace. But more than that, what impressed me about this place is that it is so accessible. Unlike the massive palace tours where visitors are roped back FAR away from the beautiful treasures, here you can get extremely close to so many priceless items and really feel like you are a part of the place rather than an unworthy observer kept far away from the items you've gone to see. Sure, there are loads of security guards as others have noted but that's what allows visitors such an immersive experience. And, I have to say that my picture of the ballroom got more attention on social media than any other picture from my Spain trip! This place is stunning and worth the visit. DO visit early as the museum controls the number of guests present at any given time. And, note that you cannot bring anything in the museum, not even purses, But there are free, locked boxes to store your items.

    This was a highlight of our visit and even held the attention of the people in my group who really, really aren't into museums!
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • Emily A
    Madrid, Spain269 contributions
    Covid is currently restricting life in all its facets, not least of these the art world, and yes, it has touched the magnificent Galdiano. But should you yearn for great art, lovely old home decor, and a tranquil place to get away, then get over to northern Serrano district to the Galdiano.
    I went in the morning on the weekend, always good to beat the queue. And was able to spend some time in the Goya room where the collection of the Witches Sabbat paintings hang. Personally, I just love Goya. They also have The Third of May 1808, another must see of all art.
    You may also get a tour or spend time in the gardens. All good ideas.
    Written 14 July 2021
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  • SPAINDOCTOR
    Madrid, Spain5,461 contributions
    This is a nice museum in calle Alcala
    Including the other version of Agnus Dei of the prado museum the difference are the horns
    Written 18 July 2020
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  • AMRP
    13 contributions
    The Temporary Exhibition of Brueghel and the art-work of the some members of the same family, AMAZING!
    Written 2 March 2020
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  • EgyptophileEngland
    Burnley, UK205 contributions
    One of the few private galleries or Fundacions to reply to us in August when we are aware many people exit the city to avoid the heat. We planned to visit Madrid in early September during the art Apertura but trying to plan a programme for each day was problematic because many didn't have staff responding to emails and phone calls in August. The Fundacion Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson was one of the few which did. We couldn't use their on line booking system but they responded very helpfully that they didn't usually have capacity problems and to just turn up. We did and thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the descriptions of how the Funacion came about (ALSO IN ENGLISH) to the coherent collection. The staff were helpful, informative and admission was free. There was no one else in there and we were able to enjoy Sorolla in a very peaceful environment. More people need to know about this Fundacion.
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • onzils
    Madrid557 contributions
    This "art gallery" belongs to the Community of Madrid and it offers free exhibitions about modern art, about 4 a year. Big names (Brian Eno, Annie Leibovitz...) have had exhibitions here the last years, but other exhibitions equally are worth the visit. I cannot remember having been once to one where at least one work didn´t impress me. Don´t forget the part upstairs when going to one of the exhibitions in Sala Alcalá, 31.
    Written 19 September 2014
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  • Barbara S
    Krakow, Poland1,667 contributions
    We visited the place in November, which allowed us to see the Altar de los Muertos. There were two of them available to see for free. Could be combined with Frida Kahlo's exhibition (on payment). Have 1 EUR coin with you (refundable) to put the bad in the storage, before the visit.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Jonathan L
    London, UK60 contributions
    Wandering down a side street I stumbled across La Imprenta Municipal-Artes del Libro which is a building dedicated to the history of printing books which is open to the public.

    There is a permanent exhibition about the history of printing and graphic arts on the ground floor with an array of printing presses and machines dating from the mid-16th century. Looking at these cumbersome and labour intensive printing presses it makes you realize how we take today’s technology such as computers and lazer printers for granted. When I was visiting there was also a temporary exhibition about Clandestine Literature telling the history of illegal printing houses producing literature during Franco’s ban on book publishing.

    Entry is free and I would recommend a visit to this building if you are in the centre of Madrid. Indeed, stumbling upon this building was a lucky find - even if the temporary exhibition has finished the permanent exhibition is fascinating.

    The building is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 8pm and on Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The nearest Metros are Sol, Tirso de Molina and Latina.
    Written 20 August 2016
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  • josephine545
    Madrid, Spain79 contributions
    The museum has beaytiful paintings. Goya, El Greco, and Valaquez just to name a few. There is also a part upstairs which has beautiful glass items.
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • Gina
    Tampa, FL16 contributions
    This was a great find while out wandering the streets of Madrid. It is right off of Plaza Mayor so super easy to get to. It’s very different and really interesting. One of my favorite experiences in Madrid. I recommend sitting through the hologram presentation at least twice. Super educational about Velazquez and Las Meninas.
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Alejandra F
    Austin, TX40 contributions
    Beautiful museum of miniatures and dioramas. The pieces here are very impressive and you can find all kinds of miniatures: military, fantasy, movies, etc... The dioramas are amazing, they have an incredible and huge one of a WWII german submarine which even has lights. There's also a collection of historical bronzes by the artist Fernando Andrea. It has a store where you can buy miniatures, books, sculptures and they also offer custom services, they can create any diorama, portrait, miniature or sculpture for you. If you are looking to do something original and special while visiting Madrid, this is absolutely the place
    Written 3 December 2018
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