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  • Palacio de Velazquez
    Palacio de Velazquez
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  • Casa de America
    Casa de America
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    Museo de Cera or wax museum

    by gwened Written Feb 28, 2014
    the royal family at museo de Cera

    This is by the plaza colon on Paseo de Recoletos, 41, very centric and nice area to stay.
    the latest is Tom Cruise!!
    I have been there myself and then with my boys, you can see the whole history of Spain and more in personalities.
    and it open while i lived there in 1972! admission adult now is 17€ and for a first time it is Worth it.

    The museum is comprised of an area of 2,000 square meters split over two floors; it has over forty rooms in which the visitor can travel back in time accompanied by the corresponding historical figures. Thanks to the combination of different spaces, environments, lights and sounds, each person represented takes on a special dimension in time.

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    Palacio de Velazquez

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2013
    Palacio de Velazquez

    This is a huge palace in the middle of the Retiro park. In my youth this was a place for exhibtions and many community events. Lately it has been added to the mass of building of the Reina Sofia museum.

    It was built between 1881 and 1883 by architect Velázquez of which takes its name and not the painter as many think

    It is a building cover with blocks of bricks and steel reinforcement that mixes in with glass to allow the light the rooms naturally. The dimensions are 73,80 long by 28,75 meters wide. the tiles in it were done at the royal factory of tiles at La Moncloa.

    In 1887 was used for the Philippines exposition and once over the govt decided to use as the museum of Outer colonies, and serve now as a temporary exposition for the Museum of Reina Sofia

    The lush surrounding and wonderful architecture lends a nice silouhette to those walking in the big wonderful Retiro park of Madrid

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    Casa de America

    by gwened Written Feb 24, 2013
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    The place tells you the story of the relations between Spain and the Spanish America world but ,also, the countries of the Americas as a whole. The organisation was founded in 1990 while in preparations for the 500 years of the discovery of the Americas. The Casa de America serve as host to the 1992 11 Iberoamerican summit in Madrid.
    It helps in this undertanding between the peoples by organising seminars, conferences, round tables, expositioins, talks, projections, concerts,colloques ,visual presentations, and workshops, etc.

    If you are into the arts and news, customs of this region, then it is a must visit while in Madrid.

    Paseo de Recoletos, 2 just across to the side of the palace of Cibeles, in the fountain of Cibeles ,get it, very easy to find. Metro Banco de España.

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    Museo Sorolla.

    by Maurizioago Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This was the mansion of Joaquin Sorolla (painter 1863-1923). It is set on two floors and has two gardens and an annexe with a collection of ceramics. Inside there is a collection of his paintings; the rooms where he lived; his studio with colors, stained paintbrushes etc.

    It was built between 1910 and 1911.

    Address: Paseo del General Martinez Campos, 37. Metro; Rubèn Dario.

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    Museo Sorolla

    by agarcia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museo Sorolla patio

    Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) captured inside his paintings all the light of the Mediterranean Sea as no other artist after or before him. While contemplating his coastal scenes, is impossible not to feel lost inside its radiant turquoise blues.

    During his latter days, this Valencia born painter moved to Madrid, where he built the beautiful house that nowadays holds the mayor collection of his artistic works. Apart from the excellent paintings, the whole house has a clear Mediterranean charm. Admission cost 2,4 €.

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    Visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Painting by Kandinsky

    This wonderful art gallery does not get the attention that it deserves. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is on the same intersection as the more famous Prado but does not get nearly as many visitors. This is a shame because it is probably the second best art gallery in Spain and one of the best private collections in the world.
    The collection includes paintings from all the major eras of Western paintings significant periods but I found that it's 20th century collection particularly strong. If you spending enough time in Madrid then this museum is a must.

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    Open Air Museum

    by mindcrime Updated Oct 24, 2008

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    Weird location for a museum, that's for sure!!
    Under a busy bridge I was confused to find this open air museum. In fact, under the bridge you can see some sculptures (some good, some boring) of artists like A.Alfaro, J.Maria Subirachs, Am.Gabino etc. There is no entrance fee of course but it’s nice to visit if it happens to walk this part of Madrid (I was on my way to Sorolla museum)

    address:Paseo de la Castellana,

    Take metro to Ruben Dario station or buses 14, 27, 40

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    Sorolla Museum

    by mindcrime Written Sep 19, 2008

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    Painter Sorolla used to live at this building that now houses the museum with his collection. It was great to visit the museum. First of all, the gardens outside are amazing (pic 1), great for some relaxing moments. Inside you can see some great paintings (most of them based on water themes but in general a peaceful feeling comes to me). There are many different thematic periods thoughts and his style changed a lot. He is famous for the impressionist landscapes. Some of the rooms are just like they used to be when Sorolla lived here.

    There is a second small part of the museum with several items he had in his collection from travels etc.
    The museum is closed on Mondays. The other days 9:30-15:00. The entrance fee is only 2.40euro, free on sundays

    Address: paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37

    if you take the metro stop at Ruben Dario or Gregorio Maranon

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    Lazaro Galdiano museum

    by mindcrime Written Sep 19, 2008

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    The beautiful 3 floor mansion from the 19th century houses more than 5000 items that Jose Lazaro Galdiano(1862-1947) had in his collection. I didn’t know what was about so I was surprised looking at ancient items when I got inside in some of the rooms and then items from 20th century at other rooms. I got bored with the furniture items but some jewelry, royal seals, crystal from Limoges and ceramics were interesting to see. There are also paintings from Goya, Velazquez, El Greco and others. I also liked he beautiful murals of the ceilings.

    Ok, most of the tourists prefer museums like Prado, Reina Sofia etc so here you will be almost alone with all the time and space to enjoy the collection. At least that’s what I did…
    The library has dozens of books and magazines but I didn’t have time for that.

    The museum is open Wednesday-Monday 10:00-16:30. It’s closed on Tuesday and the entrance fee is 4 euro.

    The shop of the museum hasn’t anything interesting.

    address:calle Serano 122

    If you take the metro stop at Ruben Dario or Gregorio Maranon. You have to walk for 6 minutes. Also by buses 9, 12, 16, 19, 51

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    JUAN MARCH INSTITUTE

    by mindcrime Written Sep 18, 2008

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    The Juan March Institute is a modern building that houses a scientific center but from time to time several interesting art exhibitions take place here. They also publish books (more than 380). Even if there isn’t any temporary exhibition you can see the sculptures outside of the building.

    It's located at calle de Castello 77. take metro to station Nunez de Balboa

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    La Casa Encendida

    by Urzu Written Jan 16, 2008

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    La Casa Encendida is a social work project. It offers a great deal of exhibitions of different types, such as art, music, or cinema cycles. Also you can find many different work shops that can be very interesting... if you're staying in Madrid for a longer period of time! In any case it's a place that's worth visiting for its interesting exhibitions, which are in many cases free entrance.
    Only one thing, the area where the Casa Encendida is in, is famous for its drug dealing... it's not the safest place in Madrid at night, so be careful! During the day it should be perfectly ok to be around the area, so don't let this put you off!

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  • museo de America

    by ger4444 Written Jun 21, 2007

    This museum keeps artefacts from Spanish colonial period. It has salons dedicated to several themes such as religion, society and communication. It keeps artefacts dating back from the pre-history. interesting is a Maya codex from the 16 th century. And there is tresures from the pre-collumbian times such as golden and silver objects.

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    Museum of the Americas

    by barryg23 Written Nov 16, 2006

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    The Museum of the Americas sounded like an interesting place to visit, especially as we hope to travel to South America in 2007. It's one of Madrid's lesser known museums, located in the north-west of the city. There are many interesting displays of objects from South America dating from Spain's conquest of much of the continent.

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    Check out the Library at El Escorial

    by Roadquill Written Jul 6, 2005

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    Philosophy at the library at El Escorial

    In addition to books, the library has many interesting globes, statues as well as paintings on the ceilings that address the many types studies. The picture is one about philosophy and represents the Socrates, Plato discussin what they had for lunch. There are also paintings of grammar, mathmatics, etc.

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    Cuartel del Conde Duque

    by agarcia Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Self-portrait at the museum (please, bear with me)

    One of the most innovative museums of Madrid could be found in the impressive building that once formed the military quarters of Conde Duque; quite a neat usage of military resources, if you ask me. The admission is completely free, and the carefully choose cultural selection makes it an indispensable visit, imho. Besides, Conde Duque area is quickly becoming one of the most interesting in Madrid, less touristy that La Latina or Huertas, but offering some of the best bars and restaurants of the city.

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