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3 great museums in Madrid (that you maybe don’t know yet)

When it comes to museums in Madrid, one immediately thinks of the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía. But Madrid has a lot more to offer! There are dozens of great museums in the city. For example, have you ever heard of these ones? Here are our top 3 recommendations for some great (and mostly unknown) museums in Madrid!

Fundación Masaveu

The Masaveu Collection, owned by the Corporación Masaveu, has assembled one of the most important private art collections in Spain. It stands out not only for its large number of pieces but also for its exceptional quality and variety, spanning from the Middle Ages to today. Founded in the 1930s and bolstered throughout several generations of the Masaveu Family, it is a unique example within private collecting in Spain.

Works by renowned artists like Gerung, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Meléndez, Goya, Sorolla, Casas, Picasso, Braque, Dalí, Miró, Warhol and Barceló are part of the Masaveu Collection.

Some info:

The Fundación Masaveu is located in Calle Alcalá Galiano 6 (nearest metro stations: Alonso Martínez and Colón) and is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 20h, on Saturdays from 10 to 20h, and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10 to 15h. The entrance is always free.

 

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Lázaro Galdiano Museum

A real hidden treasure in Madrid, it nevertheless houses some of the masterpieces of El Greco, Goya, El Bosco, Murillo and Zurbarán. In fact, some of the works that some people go to see at the Prado are actually in this museum (as is the case, for example, with Goya’s El aquelarre). This museum was the home of the scholar José Lázaro Galdiano, who lived from the late 19th to the 19th century. During his lifetime he built up a collection of truly extraordinary paintings and objets d’art that today form part of a priceless legacy.

If you are passionate about Spanish painting, this museum will make you feel like you are in paradise. Lázaro Galdiano was a great admirer and collector of 16th and 17th century Spanish painting, as well as Goya and the Goyaesque school. What’s more, both the three-floor building and the surrounding gardens are a work of art in themselves, and are sure to inspire you.

Some info:

The Lázaro Galdiano Museum is located in Calle Serrano 122, 28006 Madrid (nearest metro station: Ruben Darío). It’s open from 9.30 to 15h every day, except for Mondays. The general ticket costs €7, but there are many options in order to have a reduced or free ticket. Check them here.

 

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Sorolla Museum

The Sorolla Museum is more than just a museum: it is the house where the painter lived and worked in Madrid. It is not located in the city centre, but in the heart of the Chamberí district, a nineteenth-century district that is very pleasant to walk around. Without a doubt, the location of this museum makes it a very pleasant place to visit, as there are no large crowds. Inside you can walk through the various rooms where Sorolla spent his days: his salon, his studio and his beautiful garden in a Nasrid style similar to the interior courtyards of the Alhambra.

For art lovers, though, the best part of the house is the area reserved for his canvases, the most perfect exponent of Spanish Impressionism. Here you will find paintings that perfectly summarise the artistic evolution of the Valencian painter, from his beginnings more closely linked to realism to his last, more colourful and atmospheric period.

Some info:

Museo Sorolla is located in Paseo General Martínez Campos, 37 (28010 Madrid) and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30 to 20.00 and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.00 to 15.00. The basic entrance tickets costs €3, but there are a lot of options to have a free ticket. Check them here.

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(And here you’ll find other must-sees in Madrid!)

By: Alessia Cuofano, University of Naples «L’Orientale» ’22

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