Museums in Madrid
Madrid has some of the most renowned museums in the world and attracts many museum-lovers each year. On this page we provide you with an introduction to the most popular museums. Museums in Madrid are quite accessible since most of them offer free entrance for at least a few days per week. Also students, kids and elderly usually receive some form of discount. This makes it easy to go to a museum, if only for a few hours. However, if you are really into art, we advise to take a few days for museum visits only; there is a lot to see!
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Calle Serrano 13 (metro Ibiza)
915 777 912
Open: Oct-Apr Mon & Wed-Sat from 10:00-18:00, Sun from 10:00-16:00. May-Sept Mon & Wed-Sat from 11:00-20:00, Sun from 11:00-18:00
This museum has a very large collection of archeological objects from the prehistoric period up to the 19th century. The building is very beautiful from the inside and outside and has a neoclassical style.
The Royal Palace
Calle Bailén (metro Ópera)
914 548 800
Open: Apr-Sep Mon-Sat from 09:00-18:00, Sun from 09:00-15:00. Oct-Mar Mon-Sat from 09:30-17:00, Sun from 09:00-14:00
The Royal Palace (Palacio Real) is built in 1734 and counts 2800 rooms from which more or less 50 can be visited. It is the official residence of the King of Spain but is only used for official visits. Besides the beautiful palace, you can have a stroll around the gardens and enjoy the nice view it offers you. The palace is located on the Plaza de Oriente; a nice square with beautiful statues and the possibility to relax on the grass, one of the benches or on one of the terraces.
Museo de Artes Decorativas
Calle de Montalbán 12 (metro Retiro)
915 326 499
Open: Tues-Sat from 09:30-15:00 (Thurs also from 17:00-20:00), Sun from 10:00-15:00
One of the few museums focused on decorative art and consists of mainly furniture, ceramics and decorative art from Spain. The museum is quite big; it houses five floors and sixty rooms and has about 30,000 different objects.
Museo de cera
Paseo de recoletos 41 (metro Colón)
913 192 649
Open: Mon-Fri from 10:00-14:30 & 16:30-20:30. Sat & Sun from 10:00-20:30
Like the Madame Tussauds, the Museo de Cera shows wax statues; over 450 to be exact. This varies from moviestars to sport heroes to singers both national as international.
Museo de ciencias naturales
914 111 328
Open: Tues-Fri from 10:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00-20:00, Sun from 10:00-14:30
Museo de las Telecomunicaciones
Gran Vía 28 (metro Gran Vía)
915 226 645
Open: Tues-Sun from 11:00-21:00
In the huge building of the Fundación Telefónica at Gran Vía you can find the Museo de las Telecommunicaciones, a museum focused on the history and development of the Spanish telecommunications. Take a look at some early telephone models and find replicas of switchboards. Nice for children too.
Museo del Prado
Museo del Romanticismo
Calle San Mateo 13 (metro Tribunal)
914 480 163
Open: May-Oct Tues-Sat from 09:30-20:30, Sun from 10:00-15:00. Nov-Apr Tues-Sat from 09:30-18:30, Sun from 10:00-15:00
Located inside an eighteenth century palace lays the beautiful Museo del Romanticismo. It is not big but demonstrates very well what life was like for a wealthy family in 19th century Madrid. Also many paintings of Goya are displayed in the stylish rooms decorated with furniture, pianos, chandeliers, etc.
902 228 822
Open: Tues-Sun from 10:00-15:00. Closed in August
Museo Lázaro Galdiano
915 616 084
Open: Tues-sun from 10:00-14:00
Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofía
914 675 062
Open: Mon-Sat from 10:00-21:00. Sun from 10:00-14:30
913 101 584
Open: Tues-Sat from 09:30-15:00. Sun from 10:00-15:00
913 690 151
Open: Tues-Sun from 10:00-19:00