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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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  • 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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  • Steven S
    4 contributions
    I don't usually bother writing reviews but feel compelled to write one for this lesser known attraction. For 3 Euros, the price of an overcharged bottle of coke from the airport, you can experience a mini-palace. You get the impression of how royalty might live if forced to downscale into a smaller property. All the lavishness of decoration and acquisition of furnishings and art objects are there to behold and admire. I was shocked at how it exceeded my expectations. There were no camera police within, and I was not made to feel a criminal by staff for having the affrontery to want to capture memories on my phone camera (the Palace opposite had the air of tolerating visitors by comparison and the camera police were severely official). The staff were engaging and friendly, an experience i found exceptional for Madrid attractions, where staff usually give off an air of dismissive indifference if you dont speak Spanish.
    Written 29 August 2022
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  • Ksenia O
    4 contributions
    There is a big exhibition, we were happy to see such a good models of ships. There was not enough interactivity like maps, videos. So if you are not into the theme it will be quite hard to understand the history of naval
    Written 17 July 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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  • sarahcK781SR
    Weston super Mare, UK425 contributions
    This basilica is stunning inside. The paintings , gold and marble are a site to see. Looks plain outside but not to be passed by.
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • TuulaTT
    Madrid, Spain353 contributions
    Nice little museum with huge collections and many things to see. Definitely worth to visit. Also there were a nice little coffee in there.
    Written 16 April 2021
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  • TheAviator0765
    Ripon, UK437 contributions
    If you have more than a passing interest in aviation history, and are in the Madrid area, this is an essential visit.

    I drove there; although GPS will happily direct you, it's a bit of a late -notice exit off the E-90; a short slip lane and then a hard 90 right to a narrow humped-back bridge over the railway line. At first, you may be a bit confused as it seems you are driving into a military base (indeed you are) but follow the signs to the car park and you'll be just fine.

    Access is through a small visitors' entry cabin. Make sure you have photo ID, and I paid just 3 euros entry fee.

    Immediately you'll be faced with the outside aircraft park. Here you will find generally the larger types of aircraft that served with the Spanish Air Force, along with a fine collection of jet fighters (including some donated examples from Sweden, France and the former East Germany). Some of the larger types took a little tired, a common trait of aircraft parked out under a blazing sun; indeed the P-3A Orion looks half-derelict. But take your time walking around, there is also s small helicopter park and a memorial garden, including the tail section of a Afghan MiG-15, brought back from Herat when the Spanish forces left the country. Don't be tempted to step on the grass at any time for a closer look, the security guards will quickly witness your 'crime' and loudly blow a warning whistle.

    There are seven hangars to wander around, and these contained some real gems. On my visit, all were open apart from Number 6. You will find aircraft from the earliest days; some genuine, some replicas, but many set in excellent dioramas. These were fascinating, types rarely seen in the UK. Other stand-out items including aircraft that trail-blazed the routes over the Atlantic Ocean; aircraft from the civil war and a pretty extensive collection of helicopters. There are also comprehensive collections of aero-engines, uniforms, medals, paintings and artifacts of every description. It's quite easy to be overwhelmed by the amount to see in one visit, so be selective. Hangar 7 is exclusively a collection of scale models. Throughout there are interpretation boards in Spanish with a briefer English translation.

    There is a small cafeteria that sells hot and cold drinks and the smallest ever variety of snacks, and a small gift shop (which I was unable to get into as it was always occupied by visiting school parties and COVID regulations limited numbers inside the small hut).

    But for just 3 euros, this was an outstanding opportunity. I happily spent three hours on the site. The weather was perfect, and there seemed to be more staff than visitors which allowed me to wander around in a relaxed manner and take in the history of the Spanish Air Force.
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • juangroger
    Madrid, Spain18 contributions
    Amazing experience! Check online so you don´t miss it out. Free admittance but you come out ith valuable information of the times and advantures of prolific playriter Lope de Vega. I wish you can have as a guide Mrs Gemma, very educational, learned on the matter and with lots of jab-dropping anecdotes to share! A visit worth repeating!
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • BrockDaBadger
    Texas2,472 contributions
    Very good museum about the history of Madrid. Free entry every day and very courteous staff - well worth a visit if in the central Madrid area.
    Written 29 June 2019
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  • MDOGP
    Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
    This is a stunning park in Madrid. It was planned in 1920 by a famous landscape engineer. It is a great place to walk, job, or read. The only problem is that it is really busy during the weekends.
    The closest metro station is Suanzes, just 2 minutes from the park.
    Written 13 March 2021
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  • MDOGP
    Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
    This is a nice museum in Recoletos. It costs 3 Euros the entrance fee. They have a great exhibition on Joan Miro's paintings. When I went, there was a temporary exhibition on Lee Freedlander's pictures and portraits, really interesting!
    Written 14 November 2020
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  • SFTRVLR
    San Francisco, CA1,986 contributions
    Highly recommend. Super unique. Plan ahead and reserve. We found it on a website just the morning of and had no idea that we should reserve ahead. We were able to get in after a bit of a wait. A very unique experience.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • genibre69
    London, UK3,228 contributions
    I just popped in to see the crypt and for a minimal donation of your choice, not bad to spend 15 minutes or so. I took a wander, some photos. Not crowded.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Phi Somchai
    Bangkok, Thailand3,590 contributions
    I passed by this monastery from Puerto Del Sol to Grand Via. It was closed so we could only take some photos of the place.
    Written 9 February 2020
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