The cultural offer is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Europe, and Madrid’s museums are among the most important in the world.

Collections of decorative arts, historic houses, archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, etc. narrate the history of Spain and also of the city.

Here we leave you a wide selection of museums, from the most emblematic to the lesser known.
We recommend visiting on a second visit to Madrid where you will find links to the websites of each one so that you can expand information or verify data that may have changed.

The Art Triangle

Madrid has its particular triangle, the so-called Art Triangle, and is recognized for concentrating the most important artistic heritage in Spain: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum.

Prado Museum

It is the most important museum in the world in terms of European painting, especially from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Among its innumerable merits is having extensive collections of painters such as Velázquez, Murillo, Goya or El Boscomuseum website.

Reina Sofia Museum

It brings together a collection of works from the 20th century and pieces of contemporary art: surrealist, cubist, and expressionist art with artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Gris, Duchamp, or Picasso. museum website

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

It has a vast and exclusive collection of more than a thousand pieces belonging to different periods, styles, and authors, including foreign artists who are generally absent in other galleries in Spain.
Holbein, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Degas and Picasso are some exponents whose works can be admired in its rooms. museum website

Second line of museums of interest are

Bellas Artes Museum

It has an important heritage of paintings, including 13 works by Goya and masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and Flemish art, as well as sculptures, drawings and decorative pieces by artists such as GoyaZurbaránMengsVan Loo, Gray, Sorolla, etc.

In addition to the gallery, you can also visit the archive-library and the National Chalcography, both located in the same building. museum website

Madrid History Museum

Primordial among the museums of Madrid and located in one of the great Baroque buildings of Madrid, the old Hospice of San Fernando, exhibits through models, drawings, paintings, cartography, porcelain…, the historical evolution of Madrid since its election as capital of the monarchy by Philip II in 1561 to the present. museum website

Ermita of San Antonio de la Florida

Considered as the “Sixtine Chapel of Madrid”.
In it, some impressive frescoes made by Goya at the end of the 18th century stand out, and it is also a commemorative pantheon of the painter. museum website

Public Art Museum or Outdoor Sculpture Museum

This open-air museum, very close to our office, under the Eduardo Dato bridge, brings together a collection of the different tendencies of Spanish abstract sculpture after the civil war. museum website

Museum-houses-palaces of Madrid

There are other museums located in old palaces and houses, with historical relevance and whose walls witnessed the lives of great artists, offering an intimate journey through their history.

National Museum of Decorative Arts

The perfect complement to the house museums, it has sixty rooms dedicated to daily life in the past and present, presenting a journey through the history of the decorative arts of the East and West.

The collection includes more than 1,600 pieces of ornamentation: furniture, ceramics, jewelry, gold and silver, glass, textiles, etc., both of Spanish and foreign origin, belonging to the 15th to 19th centuries, among which a Valencian kitchen from the 18th century stands out, covered by 1,536 tiles showing scenes of everyday life. museum website

Sorolla Museum

The mansion house in which the painter Joaquín Sorolla lived preserves the most important collection of the artist’s works as well as objects that he gathered during his life. museum website

Cerralbo Museum

A jewel in the form of a house palace, located in the Princesa Area, it is one of the few examples in Madrid that shows the original decorative setting of an aristocratic residence from the end of the 19th century.

It exhibits a private collection gathered by the XVII Marquis of Cerralbo, Don Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, a politician, archaeologist, and passionate collector. museum website

Lazaro Galdiano Museum

It shows the magnificent art collection of more than 12,500 pieces that the illustrious publisher José Lázaro Galdiano put together, in which he lived.

It includes an excellent art gallery with works by El GrecoVelázquezGoyaEl Bosco, or Constable , among others, as well as sculpture, ivory, jewelry, miniatures, glass, and sumptuary arts dated between the 4th century BC and the beginning of the 20th. museum website

Museum of Romanticism

This mansion is one of the most original museums in Madrid, where the environments, rooms and way of life of the wealthy upper bourgeoisie of Romantic Spain are recreated: all kinds of engravings, furniture, paintings, jewelry, miniatures, fans and other objects of daily life from the 19th century. museum website 

Liria Palace

Also located in the Princesa area, the so-called ” younger brother of the Royal Palace “, is a large 18th century building, residence of the House of Alba, which houses paintings of extraordinary value.

Among its most outstanding pieces, stands out a gallery of portraits of the successive dukes, painted by masters such as Amberger, Titian, Louis-Michel Van Loo, Mengs, Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Sorolla and Daniel Vazquez Diaz. museum website

Velazquez Palace

Located in the Retiro Park, it was built in 1881 and inspired by the Crystal Palace in London.
It currently serves as the venue for temporary exhibitions at the Reina Sofía Art Centermuseum website

Other museums in Madrid

You can visit more educational museums such as the National Museum of Anthropology , the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Natural Sciences.

There are also specialized museums such as the Museum of America, which has a unique collection in Europe, made up of more than 25,000 pre-Columbian, ethnographic and colonial art pieces, and the Costume Museum, the only museum in Madrid dedicated exclusively to clothing , which brings together a collection of historical clothing from the 16th century to the present.

There are many left, but we will end this post by mentioning others such as the Naval Museum on Paseo del Prado, the Geominero, and the Chamberí Station (or Andén 0 in Chamberí), the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, the San Isidro Museum and Caños del Peral Museum, in the Center, the Railway Museum, the Wax Museum and the Sweet Space Museum, in the ABC Serrano shopping center, among others.

Other things to see other than museums

We also recommend this plan to visit Madrid in 1 day, these tips for your first visit to Madrid or the 10 places of tourism in Madrid.

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