Pieces of History you Can’t Miss in Madrid
Some travelers go for the sleek sculptures, some for the thrills, others for the romance. But in a city with as rich a history as Madrid, visitors intrigued by Europe’s storied past journey to the diverse and inclusive museums within its borders. Whether you are looking for living history, 12th century art or elaborate gardens, Madrid has something for every history enthusiast. Get lost in a 3K room Palace while imagining life within its walls or wander through an olfactory maze at home of a Marquis – whether it’s a sunny day or overcast, there is a museum that can delight in any weather.
Prado National Museum
The Prado National Museum made an appearance in our Top 10 Things to do in Madrid post but we had to mention it again here. With art dating back to the 12th century, this museum is one of the finest collections of European art. It is also considered one of the world’s greatest art museums. The collection currently boasts around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to a large number of additional works of art and historic documents.
- Tickets: General ticket price 15€ – For more information check the official website of the museum here.
- Address: Ruiz de Alarcón Street, 23 28014 Madrid
- Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 h to 20:00 h. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 h to 19:00 h. Reduced opening hours (January 6, December 24 and 31): 10:00 h to 14:00 h.
- Phone: +34 91 330 28 00
This family collection is Europe’s largest private art collection displayed in the remodeled home of an aristocratic family, the Villahermosa Palace. The size of this museum makes it perfect for a morning perusal before lunch. With special roatating exhibits, there is always something to see here, even if you’ve been before.
- Tickets: You can find more information about tickets here.
- Address: Paseo del Prado, 828014 Madrid
- Hours: Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 20.00
- Phone: +34 91 791 13 70
Museum of the Americas
This museum will be of particular interest to those visiting from the Americas. It houses artistic, archaeological and ethnographic collections from the whole of the American continents, dating back to the Paleolithic period up to present day.
- Tickets: General: 3.00 € Reduced: 1.50 €
- Free entry: Sundays, 18 April, 18 May, 12 October and 6 December
- Address: AvenidaReyes Católicos, 628040
- Hours: Tue-Sat: 9:30am-3pm (Thursday: 9:30am-7pm) Sundays and holidays: 10am-3pm Closed on Mondays, and on 1 January, 1
- May, 24, 25 and 31 December, 6 January, and local public holidays
- Phone: (+34) 91 549 26 41
The exquisite halls and ornate gardens of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo’s home were donated by him upon his death. His residence was then converted into a museum to showcase his collections from travels with his family all over Spain and Europe. His art and historical objects are on display throughout 37 rooms.
Tickets: General ticket price 3€ – For more information check the official website of the museum here.
Address: c/ Ventura Rodríguez, 17, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m Thursdays 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Sundays and holidays 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m
Phone: (00 34) 915 47 36 46 / 47
With 3K+ rooms, this museum could take days to fully appreciate. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the interior is dressed to the nines and at attention to impress visitors throughout. If you want to see the changing of the guard, make sure you visit on a Wednesday. Changing of the guard is not held during the summer months of July, August or September.
- Tickets: Standard admission: €11 Concessions: €6 Agency rate: €8 Free admission: Monday to Friday in the Royal Palace from 4pm to 6pm. (October to March) and 6pm to 8pm (April to September). Admission is free for EU citizens, residents and holders of work permits in the EU and Hispanic American citizens with certification of nationality or a residence or work permit.
- Address: CalleBailén , s/n28013
- Hours: Opening hours – winter: Daily 10.00am – 6.00pm
- Opening hours – summer (April to September): Daily 10.00am – 8.00pm