Museums in Madrid


Town: Madrid Address: Calle Santa Isabel 52 Phone: +34 91 774 10 00 e-mail: direccion.mncars@cars.mcu.es Since it first opened its doors in 1990, the Reina Sofia Museum and Art Centre has been one of the largest art museums in the world with total area of the exhibition rooms amounting to 12,505 square metres. It is situated in a modern building at the southern end of Paseo del Arte, the avenue, on which the other two world-famous museums in Madrid,
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle Cervantes 11 Phone: +34 91 429 92 16 Price: 0 - 3 EUR The Lope de Vega House Museum is housed in a typical 17th-Century house with a lush backyard garden. It is said that the famous writer bought the building in 1610 and lived there for the last 25 years of his life, between 1610 and 1635. Three centuries later, in 1935, the house was declared a National Monument. Since then it was renovated three times,
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle de Montalban 12 Phone: +34 91 532 68 45 e-mail: mnad@mnad.mcu.es Price: 0 - 2 EUR The museum was established with a Royal Decree in 1912 under the name of Museo Nacional de Artes Industriales. Today it is situated on several floors and encompasses 62 halls and rooms with approximately 30,000 different exhibits. Most of them date back to the 15th and 16th Centuries and include predominantly furniture, ceramics and pieces of decorative art.
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle Serrano 13 Phone: +34 91 577 79 12 e-mail: sugerencias@man.mcu.es The National Archaeological Museum of Spain was founded in 1867 by Queen Isabella II. It is on its current venue, a Neo-Classical building created by the renowned Spanish architect Francisco Jareno, since 1895 and nowadays shares it with the National Library. The imposing construction was renovated in 1968. The museum houses diverse collections and exhibitions, containing artefacts from prehistoric times up to the Baroque epoch.
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Town: Madrid Address: General Martinez Campos 37 Phone: +34 91 310 15 84 e-mail: museo@msorolla.mcu.es Price: 2 - 3 EUR This museum, housed in a typical house from the first half of the 20th Century, is dedicated to the renowned Spanish painter of that time Joaquin Sorolla. He spent the last years of his life in the elegant dwelling, starting from 1912. After his death his widow turned it over to the Spanish government which declared it a memorial of national importance.
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle Alcala 13 Phone: +34 91 524 08 64 e-mail: museo@rabasf.org Price: 2 - 3 EUR Known also as Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernandois, the museum is located in the spectacular Goyeneche Palace, a finely restored and remodelled Baroque building from the 17th Century. Then it belonged to the local aristocrat Juan de Goyeneche. The museum today houses a rich collection of works of prominent Spanish,
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Town: Madrid Address: Paseo del Prado 5 Phone: +34 91 523 87 89 e-mail: direccion@museonavalmadrid.com The Museo Naval in Madrid was founded on September 28, 1792 thanks to the idea of Antonio de Valdes y Fernandez Bazan who was a captain in the Royal Armada at that time. In the impressive collection of the museum the whole history of the Spanish navy from the distant times of Queen Isabella up to nowadays is presented in a rather interesting manner.
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Town: Madrid Address: Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2 Phone: +34 91 411 13 28 Price: 3 - 5 EUR The Museum of Natural Science was established in 1772 and since then has been a science and research centre of extraordinary importance not only for Spain, but for the whole world as well. The current building that hosts the museum was thoroughly renovated in 1987. The exhibits of the museum are divided into five distinct departments. These are as follows - Biodiversity and Evolution,
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Town: Madrid Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales s/n Phone: +34 91 454 88 00 e-mail: info@patrimonionacional.es Price: 0 - 5 EUR This museum represents a monastery in the heart of Madrid. First of all, the building alone deserves attention, as it was built in the 16th Century in the traditional Habsburg style. The monastery was established in 1559 by Juana de Austria and its aim was to house noble women who decided to become nuns.
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Town: Madrid Address: Pintor Velazquez, Alcobendas s/n Phone: +34 91 484 52 00 e-mail: savimad@fundacionlacaixa.es Price: 2 - 3 EUR CosmoCaixa is a truly remarkable museum where state-of-the-art technology mingles with thousands of years old artefacts with the purpose of showing maximally plausible explanation of the world as it is today and as it used to be. It is a favourite spot for young and old and the perfect place to learn while you have fun.
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle de La Coruna 18 Phone: +34 91 589 42 19 e-mail: museo@once.es Museo Tiflologico is among the most unconventional museums in Spain. It is the only museum in the country and one of the few in the world that are designated for the needs of blind and visually handicapped people. It was established in 1992 and is now run by the Spanish National Organisation for the Blind. The museum is divided into three areas – scale models of monuments,
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Town: Madrid Address: Avenida Reyes Catolicos 6 Phone: +34 91 549 26 41 e-mail: museo@mamerica.mcu.es Price: 0 - 3 EUR The Museum of the Americas is situated at the base of the Observatorio, near the university campus of Madrid. It was established by a decree on April 19, 1941 and was build in colonial style, which according to the architects should reflect the effect of Spanish missionaries on the civilization of America. The permanent collection of the museum consists of lots of fascinating objects and sculptures,
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Town: Madrid Address: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas Phone: +34 91 725 18 57 Museo Taurino, or the Bullfighting Museum, is housed inside the world-famous bullring of Madrid. It is equally attractive to experts and to laymen who want to learn more about the art of bullfighting. A visit to the museum is an essential prerequisite for all who want to watch a real bullfight and understand it. The exhibitions focus on the origin,
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle Principe de Vergara 140 Phone: +34 91 588 65 99 The City Museum of Madrid encompasses five floors of exhibition halls and rooms that tell the story of Madrid from the moment it was founded by the Arabs up to nowadays. The second floor of the museum's building presents the infrastructural development of the area – gas, electricity and telephone companies, public transport, model of the airport etc. The third and the fourth floors are devoted to the history of the city,
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Town: Madrid Address: Avenida del Planetario 16 Phone: +34 91 467 34 61 e-mail: buzon@planetmad.es Price: 2 - 4 EUR The Planetarium in Madrid was founded on September 29, 1986 with the purpose of making the general public acquainted with the most important but also interesting facts and principles concerning the cosmos, astronomy and science. It serves as an educational institution and is among the favourite spots for children in school age, but also for everyone who wants to extend their knowledge or just see what the world around us looks like.
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Town: Madrid Address: Paseo de las Delicias 61 Phone: +34 90 222 88 22 e-mail: fumuu21@ffe.es Price: 0 - 4 EUR Museo del Ferrocarril, or the Railway Museum, is housed in the oldest train station in the Spanish capital - Estacion de las Delicias. It has been on its current location since 1984, where it was moved more than 100 years after its foundation by King Alfonso XII in 1880.
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Town: Madrid Address: Paseo de la Castellana 144 Phone: +34 91 398 43 00 The Trophy Room of Real Madrid, the most successful football club of all times worldwide, is a real must-see for all fans of the game. It is situated in the stadium Santiago Bernabeu, Puerta 25. As you might guess, this is one of the most spectacular museums dedicated to sports in the world. In addition to the typical collection of trophies, a modern multimedia system was introduced recently.
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Town: Madrid Address: Fuenterrabia 2 Phone: +34 91 434 05 50 e-mail: info@realfatapices.com The Royal Tapestry Factory lies in the heart of Madrid, not far from the world-famous Prado and Thyssen museums. This museum is the only such institution in Madrid, which has still retained its initial purpose and visitors today can admire the work of the craftsmen while watching the tapestry making process in the factory-museum. The factory exists since 1721 and was declared an Industrial Heritage.
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Town: Madrid Address: Calle Mayor 48 Phone: +34 91 889 96 54 e-mail: museocasanataldecervantes@madrid.org This museum is the birthplace of the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It is situated in the centre of the suburb Alcala de Henares. The local authorities bought the house in the middle of the 20th Century when it became known that actually this was the house where Cervantes was born and spent his childhood. In 1956, the dwelling was renovated and was officially declared a museum.
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Town: Madrid Address: Paseo del Prado s/n Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 09:00 -20:00 Ranked among the foremost art galleries in the world, a paradise for art lovers and an absolute must-see for any visitor to Madrid, the Prado Museum sits magnificently on a large leafy Paseo del Prado running through one of the city's most alluring districts. Commissioned by Charles III in the late 18th Century, it was established during the rule of Fernando VII on 19 November 1819 and was then known as the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture.
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