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.
Phone: 91.588.59.28 / 91.588.58.61
This brand new museum (opened just 1 year ago) offers a collection of contemporary spanish art, authors of the 2nd half of the 20th century, like Arroyo, Gordillo, OukaLele, Saura... plus a temporary exhibition on graphic art.
It is located in the Cuartel del Conde Duque (c/ Conde Duque, 9), near Plaza de España, and you can enter by the main gate, in front of the little square "Guardias de Corps".
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
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
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
Believe it or not this was the first museum I visited in Madrid. This fine museum is dedicated to Spain's military heritage throught out the ages. It has a very good collection armor, weaponry and maps. Some people may find its political leaning to the right somewhat offensive. There are some exhibits that are quite proud of Spain's Fascist past.
In the Castellana avenue, under the bridge of the street Juan Bravo you can find this little collection of sculpture, mostly from spanish 60's artists (Chillida...). A good option to visit on sunday afternoons, when all other museums are closed.
Metro Ruben Dario
This is a rather unknown museum. It's not in my Top10 list, but is nice if you are interested in natural history. It's got a lot of dissected animals, as well as temporary exhibitions.
c/ Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2. Metro: Gregorio Marañón.
Entrance 3 euros.
Phone: 91 411 13 28
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.
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!