The National Library and Archaeology Museum
The National Library and Archaeology Museum are housed in this neo-classic building whose construction work was initiated in 1866, but then delayed until restarting in 1874. The original construction project was by Francisco Jareño y Alarcóm.
The museum’s recent restoration earned it the Europa Nostra Award for 2008. This museum gives us a better idea than any biography of who the Marquis of Cerralbo was: a collector, archaeologist, politician (he represented the Carlist party), poet and amateur artist. He might not have been an outstanding figure in any of these fields had it not been for his distinctive view of his own life.
Francisco Daurella House Museum
The last house museum to open its doors is the Casa Museo Francisco Daurella in Aravaca, with its collection of Catalan art. The AMYC Foundation presents paintings, drawings and sculpture by fin de siècleartists including Mariano Fortuny, Isidro Nonell, Santiago Rusiñol, Ramón Casas, Joaquín Mir and Anglada Camarasa as well as representatives of the avant-garde such as Pablo Gargallo, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Tàpies.
Museum of America
The Museum of the Americas (Museo de América) houses an impressive collection of over 25,000 artefacts, mostly from South and Central America, but also from the northern part of the continent, with special emphasis on Pre-Columbian art.
Madrid’s Fine Arts Museum & Gallery
(Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando)
This museum is housed in the Goyeneche palace. It holds a good collection of paintings by Spanish artists, together with a large number of sculptures, drawings, silverware, etchings, etc.
Museo Nacional de Reproducciones Artísticas
A collection of sculptures and classical, mediaeval, renaissance, baroque and neo-classic works
Museo Panteón de Goya
Magnificent frescos by Goya. The remains of renowned Spanish artist Francisco de Goya are located in a tomb within a hermitage dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, called “La Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida”. Goya died in exile in Bordeaux in 1828, and his mortal remains were finally put to rest in this small chapel.
Museo Naval de Madrid
One of the most important naval museums in the world, run by the Spanish Armada. The Naval museum presently forms part of the Spanish Armada’s Naval Headquarters in Madrid and is one of the most important naval museums in the world. The museum exhibits collections of a variety of historic items that reflect the rich history of the Spanish Navy and the leading role it played in the history of navigation.
Matadero de Madrid
This huge complex situated by the river is the city’s most ambitious cultural project to date. The spacious buildings of the old Legazpi slaughterhouse now accommodate Teatro Español, Intermediae, Central del Diseño, Nave de la Música, Abierto por Obras, Cineteca and an environmental centre and a multipurpose exhibition hall.
Conde Duque Cultural Centre
Following a huge refurbishment, the former Royal Guard headquarters has expanded the amount of space dedicated to culture and art. The new installations now accommodate a theatre, an exhibition hall and an auditorium with a programme running all year long.
Fine Arts Circle
Built by Antonio Palacios, the Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes) may be one of Madrid’s oldest arts centres but it has done a fine job keeping up with the times. Nowadays it hosts exhibitions, shows, film screenings, conferences and workshops; its radio and magazine Minerva play an important part in the country’s cultural life.
La Casa Encendida
The work done by La Casa Encendida, headed by the Obra Social Caja Madrid, revolves around four different areas: culture, solidarity, environment and education. The centre, which used to house the Mont de Piété (Monte de Piedad), boasts a wonderful terrace with a view of the south of Madrid.
Located in Lavapiés, the former Tabacalera tobacco factory now houses a self-managed centre and a space run by the Ministry of Culture. Together they showcase the latest trends in contemporary art.
The CentroCentro exhibition space in Palacio de Cibeles (formerly the Palacio de Correos and now the City Hall) has become an emblematic venue as well as a bridge towards other great cities tackling similar 21st century challenges. Urban life is the thread running through its exhibition programmed.
Madrid (Photo credit: cuellar)
La Casa Encendida – Urbanacción (Photo credit: orphan girl)