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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the Royal Fine Arts Academy main building at Alcala 13 another jewel in Madrid that needs to be seen.
The academy known complete in spanish as the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, was created in 1752. Its first rules were approved in 1744,but its constitution was not definite that until 1752 with the king Fernando VI, that calls them the Real Academia de las Tres Nobles Artes de San Fernando the Royal Academy of the three noble arts of San Fernando).
Music section was open in 1873 and Picasso was a student in 1897, and Salvador Dalí in 1922.
Many sections have been added with time and the numbers of illustrious members now totals 52. In its history , the academy has occupied three different places,lastly at the palace of Goyeneche (Calle Alcalá, 13), that was renovated in 1972.
wonderful collections of Goya and Zurbaràn, and many others including el Greco. Also many more students such as Fernando Botero were here. It is a gorgeous building as well near Puerta del Sol and along my old residency street , the famous Alcalà. There is ,also a wonderful museum and boutique store.
Some info always to check site for updates
open Mondays to Fridays from 08.30 to 17.00 ,closed weekends and holidays.
The museum hours are
Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00 including holidays , Closed Monday and the month of August
Library and archives open Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 to 17:00 Fridays 9:00-15:00. July and September from 9:00-15:00 and closed weekends. Several holidays it is closed too , to check
cabinet Goya/Gabinete Goya:open same times of the temporary expositioins or check the ticket office for other times.
Boutique open Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 to 17:00 Fridays 9:00 -15:00 ,closed weekends. July and September open from 9:00 to 15:00). Also, check as many holidays are also closed
Admission now is 6€ adults. General public can have free admission every Wednesday that are not on holiday dates and the May 18, October 12 ,and December 6.
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