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Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n
Tel: 91 330 28 00
Metro: Banco de España / Atocha
Zone: Las Cortes
Open: 9:00am - 7:00pm Tue.-Sat.; 9:00am - 14:00pm Sun and public holidays. Closed on mondays.
Admission: 3 euro. Saturdays after 14.00 and Sundays: free. Under 18 and over 65: 2.50 euro.
Student card: 1.50 euro
Official web site: http://www.museoprado.es/

Located in an 18th century building designed by Juan de Villanueva, the Prado is considered one of the most important art galleries in the world. It houses masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, Ribera, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Fra Angélico, Rubens, Bosch, Van der Weyden, Poussin, Lorrain, Watteau, Rembrandt, Dürer and Mengs, among others.
The Royal collection, which constitutes the heart of the museum's works, was begun by Isabel La Católica in the 1500's and was continued by her successors until the last century. In 1734, a large part of the collection was destroyed by a fire in 'El Alcazar', the then royal palace located on the site of the current Palacio Real. Despite this, the collection is still formidable, even if it reflects the tastes of the monarchy. It includes excellent representations from the Flemish, the sixteenth century Italian and of course the Spanish schools from the Baroque schools onwards. Examples from the English and Dutch Protestant schools are notably absent. There is also a large collection of religious art, acquired from the churches which were shut in 1830.

Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado, 8.
Tel: 91 369 01 51
Metro : Banco de España / Sevilla
Zone: Las Cortes
Open: 10:00am-7:00pm Tue.-Sun.; 10:00am-2:30pm Sun. and public holidays. Closed on mondays.
Admission: Permanent Collection : 4.50 euro.
Students, under 18, and over 65: 2.5 euro.
Temporary exhibition: 3 euro.
Permanent + temporary: 6 euro
Official web site: http://www.museothyssen.org
In this museum is exposed one of the most important private arts collections. The collection was begun in 1920 by the present Baron von Thyssen-Bornemisza's father, who upon his death distributed the work among his various heirs. Keen to reunite his father's collection, the present Baron bought back most of the works from his relatives and the proceeded to acquire large numbers of new works to produce what is one of the world's finest private art collections. The museum was opened in 1992 after an agreement was reached between the Baron and the Spanish government, originally as a loan, but a year later the collection was bought outright.

National Museum Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel, 52.
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday closed.
A cultural centre containing a permanent collection of Spanish contemporary art and offering a wide variety of temporary exhibitions covering diverse modern artistic disciplines such as painting, sculpture, video, photography, films, etc.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Juan de Herrera s/n.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.
Contemporary art of Spanish and international origins with regular interesting expositions.

Museum of Palacio Real
Bailén s/n.
Open 9 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9 a.m. to 3.15 p.m.
The palace is interesting in its own right, in particular its architecture and gardens (the Jardines del Moro and the Sabattini garden). There are also excellent frescos inside the palace by Tiépolo, and paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco, Juan de Flandes and Caravaggio, among others.

Museum of Horse Coaches Palacio Real
Campo del Moro.
Open 9 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9 a.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Open Air Sculpture Museum
Paseo de la Castellana
Especially remarkable are the works of Chillida.

National Museum of Decorative Arts
Montalbán, 12.
Open 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Mondays closed.
The Museum of Decorative arts is dedicated to show Spanish decorative objects from the past. It was inaugurated in 1912 and contains examples of ceramics, clothes, art and jewellery.

National Museum for Artistic Reproductions
Av. de los Reyes Católicos, 6.
Open 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays closed.
An interesting collection of reproductions and copies.

National Museum of Romanticism
San Mateo, 13.
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holidays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.
An eighteenth century house detailed to the max: furniture, musical instruments, porcelain pieces, and a collection of Gouyet paintings. It is a tiny museum, but very interesting.

Museum Sorolla
Paseo General Martinez Campos, 37.
Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays closed.
This is the former house of Valencian painter Joaquin Sorolla, whose familiar Mediterranean beach scenes from the turn of the century are easily recognized.

Museum Cerralbo
Ventura Rodriguez, 17.
Open 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays closed.
This palace-museum houses the artistic collections gathered by Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, XVII Marquis of Cerralbo (1845-1922). The building was designed following the guidelines of the marquis himself and its different rooms conserve the ambience of the era: the ball room, the billiard room, the dining room, the library, etc.

Museum Lazaro Galdiano
Serrano, 122.
Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays closed.
This museum is similar in style to the Museum of Romanticism, an ancient house with furniture, jewellery, statues, clocks, miniatures and a collection of Gouyet paintings

National Archaeological Museum
Serrano, 13.
Open 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Mondays closed.
Madrid's Archaeological Museum was founded by Phillip III and is housed in the building referred to as Palacio de Bibliotecas y Museos, along with the National Library. The museum displays pieces from the prehistoric era through to the 19th Century. Especially interesting are the Ancient Greek and Roman pieces, art from the middle-ages and replicas of cave paintings and Iberian artwork.

Museum of Natural Science
Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Mineralogic Museum
Located in the geologic faculty of the University. Visits possible with private arrangement.

Anthropological and Ethnological National Museum
Alfonso XII, 68.
Open 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays and Holidays closed.
Great collection of objects from the five continents. Especially interesting are the Mummies of Guanches, the aborigines of the Canary Islands.

Geological and Mining Museum
Rios Rosas, 23.
Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Sundays and Holidays closed.

Railway Museum
Paseo de las Delicias, 61.
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Museum of Coins and Bank-Notes
Doctor Esquerdo, 36.
Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

History Museum
Fuencarral, 78.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Mondays and Holidays closed.
Objects related to the history of Madrid.

Museum of Popular Art and Customs
Carretera de Colmenar Viejo, Km.15.
Open Mo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tue, Thu 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

African Museum
Arturo Soria, 101.
Open Thursdays 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Interesting ethnological collection.

Museum of the Americas
Reyes Católicos, 6
Great collection of objects mainly from South America, among them arts of the Incas. Most important are the Codex Trocortesano and the Treasure of the Quimbayas.

Naval Museum
Paseo del Prado, 5
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm. Closed Mondays
The Naval museum is one of the most important naval museums in the world and exhibits collections that reflect the rich history of the Spanish Navy and the leading role it played in the history of navigation.

Museum of Aviation
Carretera de Extremadura, Km. 10,5.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
This museum houses more than 150 real planes and helicopters, many of which have previously served in the Spanish Air Force. You will also find hundreds of miniature aircraft models, uniforms, engines, weapons, medals, emblems, and other aviation related objects.

Army Museum
Mendez Nuñez, 1.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
The Army Museum is one of the oldest Spanish museums and was founded for the preservation and exhibition of objects related with military history. Its founding focus is on Artillery and Engineers.

Museum of Waxworks
Paseo de Recoletos, 41.
Open 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8.30 p.m.
Wax figures of numerous famous personalities.

Angel Nieto Museum
Pedro Bosch, s/n.
Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5.30 to 8.30 p.m., Mondays closed.
A collection of motorcycles, trophies and personal objects of the 13 times World's Champion.

Bullfighting Museum
Plaza Monumental de las Ventas. Patio de Caballos.
Open 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays closed.
Objects from the world of bullfighting. Located in the bullring of Madrid.


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