Some cool Museums you need to visit while in Madrid.
Madrid is home to lots of different museums (too many to mention them all) , so I have put together a guide of our top 10 must visit Museums.
Palacio Real de Madrid
The spectacular Royal Palace of Madrid is located next to Opera station. Although you can take in the sheer magnitude and glory of the building from the exterior for free, the inside is just as magnificent and worth a look. The Palace is open January-December, although the hours vary slightly.
Museo del Prado
The prado is home to some of the finest European art ranging from the 12th century to the early 20th century. This museum is located within the heart of Madrid, next to parque Retiro. With works of art from Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, and many more, this is a must visit place for those who love art.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Museo Reina Sofia is home to 20th century art in Madrid and this is located at the southern tip of the ‘golden triangle’ of museums. This museum hosts mainly Spanish art including a large collection from two of Spain's most well known artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
The Matadero museum has a colourful past with the building once having been used as a slaughter house. The building has now been converted into an arts centre, which is much more contemporary than many of the other museums in Madrid. The space is constantly changing exhibitions.
The Thyssen Bornemisza is the third museum in the ‘golden triangle’ and fills the gaps left by the Prado and Reina Sofia. This museum includes Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools, Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century.
This museum offers something a little bit different to the people of Madrid. This is the home of graphic art and illustration. Although this is a lot smaller than the other museums in Madrid it offers a insight into the formation of comics and drawings. The ABC museum often has temporary exhibits which are great to take time out to visit.
This is the perfect museum for anyone who is interested in Geology or anyone who likes beautiful crystals. This museum is home to a large collection of rocks, fossils and crystals. They are housed within an impressive grand hall with large balconies and glass roof.
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
This museum shares its building with the National Library and is located by serrano and Retiro. This is the home to depositories for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographic and decorative art collections compiled by the Spanish monarchs. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 09.30-20.00 and on Sunday/ holidays 09.30 -15.00 and it costs 3 Euros entry.
This museum Contains a mixture of art within a contemporary building. Combining art such as sculptures and art in the form of the plants within the grounds. This is a very interesting place to take a day trip to on a sunny day in Madrid.
Museo de historia de Madrid
This is the museum which documents the history of Madrid in the form of art, models and documents. Located in one of Madrid's busiest streets (Calle Fuencarral) which can be reached by Metro. The museum is free to enter and is open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 - 20.00.