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  • jaquelinemafra
    Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
    I came from a very humble place in Brazil and being able to see up close masterpieces that I studied through history books as a child like Boch, Goya, Rafael, was very moving.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Premila s
    9 contributions
    Beautiful Park walk or scooter ride, a beautiful historic park, lovely lake and a nice place just to stop off and chill.....
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Kevin
    8 contributions
    This is truly a magic place. The history that has been before you in this Royal Palace. The view from inside or outside is must as magnificent. take the time and plan to visit here.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Darlene
    10 contributions
    This is what an art museum should look like. We loved every second of the time there. They let you take pictures which is nice because some pieces you will want to remember forever. The walking was not remotely as much as Prado or Reina Sofia and that's what we liked about it. You do not need a million rooms to have a high quality collection that draws people in. The American/US collection they have up until October 16 is the most worth it. The exhibits were organized beautifully and we never got bored. My fiance loved this museum best of the strip of museums in Madrid. So if you can go, do not hesitate, DO IT! ❤️
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Storyteller293323
    5 contributions
    The size of the collection is perfect. I spent 2 to 3 hours there.

    No regret to go.

    Don't go for the free option unless you are on an extreme budget. It will be too rush to enjoy.

    Also get the audio option.

    Written 26 September 2022
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  • EgyptophileEngland
    Burnley, UK197 contributions
    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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  • D Cook
    7 contributions
    I'm so glad I chose to stay in this area. It's near everything. Buzzing with activity 24/7. A bit crowded at times, but accessible to all key sites either by walking or taking the metro.
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • SFTRVLR
    San Francisco, CA1,964 contributions
    A must do, obviously- a great way to get anchored in Madrid when you first get there. I liked the quaint entryways as much as the Plaza itself.

    As you likely have read, though, don't eat at any of the restaurants in the Plaza as they are all tourist traps. Shame there are no decent places.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Con
    Edinburgh, UK67 contributions
    Visited on a week day morning - quite easy to walk to from the centre of Madrid. If you are following Google maps then note that it took us to the front of the library - the museum entrance is on the other side of the building from this.

    We weren’t originally going to come, but had some extra time and heard good things - we are very glad we did.

    This is an excellent archaeological museum - large impressive collections with informative displays, seeming to be mostly original pieces rather than reconstructions. Everything had an English translation, apart from the few “interactive” displays. The videos at the start of each section were very helpful too.

    As per previous reviews, the chronological floor plan can be a little confusing to follow, but this was not a major issue for us. We really enjoyed the wide range to see, and across different time periods.

    We spent about 2 hours in here, even with the second floor being shut. If we had spent more time reading each display, we could have easily spent twice as long there!

    Entry price is €3 which is really excellent value for money (again even with the second floor being shut).

    Very definitely worth a visit - would advise setting aside a few hours to make the most of it as the museum is huge!
    Written 6 September 2022
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  • Faye J
    Rugby, UK666 contributions
    Nice place to wander around with nowhere in mind to go...lovely streets with some quaint buildings and some amazing paintings on sides on houses
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Lia H
    Bogota, Colombia1,019 contributions
    Quick stop with lots to see and admire. Go during the day, and don't miss it at night. There is something simple and magical about being there... Great to walk around!
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • dena f
    Oxfordshire, UK266 contributions
    A great open space with a wide trail for walking, running, or cycling. There were a number of smaller playgrounds along the route and you really only have to cross 1 major road along a 6km stretch. We rented a family cycle from Eco Moving Sports at an hourly rate and joined the crowd along the river.
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • Lorrick G
    1 contribution
    Perfect stop. While walking through the Parque del Buen Retiro we saw the glass building and decided to stop by. The palace photographs great and is a must-see when in Madrid.
    Written 12 September 2022
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  • Liliana
    9 contributions
    It's a beautiful place.And specialy for lovers un LOVE.Very romantic. Else for go with Friends.
    Very secure place .Is like a farie tale.Amazing.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Lia H
    Bogota, Colombia1,019 contributions
    This is one of those places where you can get lost in it forever.... every turn, every corner, every street is just magical. So many cute shops, restaurants, buildings with so much history!!!! You might get tired from looking up so much... don't miss all the details in the pretty buildings!!!!! Just walk!
    Written 30 June 2022
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