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Museums in Madrid

Madrid is a city rich in superb museum collections and a first-rate cultural setting. The Prado National Museum is not only one of the city’s best, but one of the finest art galleries in the world. It offers visitors a fantastic display of 8,600 works of art with pieces from the leading Italian masters like Sandro Botticelli and Rafael to an outstanding collection from Flemish painters including Rubens and van Dyck. Another museum of high standing is the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which has an extensive collection of over 800 sculptures, paintings, carvings and tapestries, which were collected by Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. The collection is regarded as one of the world’s most significant private collections. The museum contains pieces from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as works by the French Impressionists, the German Expressionists and modern collections encompassing Cubism and Pop Art.


Prado Museum
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Prado Museum, by Martin Hapl
The Prado National Museum
Address: Paseo del Prado s/n
 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 09 -20  
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. After the monarchy in Spain had been dissolved, it became national property and was renamed the Prado National Museum.
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National Museum Reina Sofia
Address: Calle Santa Isabel 52
  Phone: +34 91 774 10 00
  e-mail: direccion.mncars@cars.mcu.es  
Website: http://www.museoreinasofia.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, Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza are also located. They all form the so called Arts Triangle of Prado. The Reina Sofia Museum was created with the purpose of gathering the most significant achievements of modern Spanish art under one roof. The permanent collection of the museum, which was inaugurated by the Royal Family of Spain on 10 September 1992, consists of works created since the end of the 19th Century up to present days.
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San Isidro Museum
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.
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National Museum of Decorative Arts
Address: Calle de Montalban 12
  Phone: +34 91 532 68 45
  e-mail: mnad@mnad.mcu.es  
Price: 0 - 2 EUR  
Website: http://mnartesdecorativas.mcu.es/  

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. The rich collections feature also Gothic carvings, elaborate four-poster beds, tapestries, festival crosses and even kitchen equipment from these times.
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National Archaeological Museum
Address: Calle Serrano 13
  Phone: +34 91 577 79 12
  e-mail: sugerencias@man.mcu.es  
Website: http://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. The permanent collection spreads over 3 floors and 27 halls. The most important exhibit in it is 'The Lady of Elche', an Iberian statue found near the city of Elche around 4th Century BC.
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Sorolla Museum
Address: General Martinez Campos 37
  Phone: +34 91 310 15 84
  e-mail: museo@msorolla.mcu.es  
Price: 2 - 3 EUR  
Website: http://museosorolla.mcu.es/  

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. Currently the museum is still under the wardship of the Ministry of Culture.
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Romantic Museum
Address: Calle de San Mateo 13
  Phone: +34 91 448 01 63
  e-mail: informacion.mromantico@mcu.es  
Website: http://museoromantico.mcu.es/  

The Romantic Museum is situated in what resembles a 19th-century palace in the heart of Madrid. It opened its doors for visitors in the beginning of 2007 after five years of reforms. The museum contains various exhibits from the epoch of Romanticism, including the most important pieces of work by the leading Spanish artists of that time plus a host of decorative objects dating back to the 19th Century. The most famous masters featured in the Romantic Museum are Francisco de Goya, Leonardo Alenza and Federico de Madrazo.
Fine Arts Museum
Address: Calle Alcala 13
  Phone: +34 91 524 08 64
  e-mail: museo@rabasf.org  
Price: 2 - 3 EUR  
Website: http://rabasf.insde.es/  

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, Italian and Flemish artists and painters plus many sculptures, etchings, silverware and other valuable objects dating back to the 16th Century.
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