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Fundación Juan March

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This cultural foundation, set up by the wealthy financier Juan March in 1955, is one of the most important in Europe. Each year, a couple of major...

C/Castelló 77
Free

La Casa Encendida

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This exciting new multidisciplinary centre in a large neo-Mudéjar building was conceived as a space for cultural interchange. Spread over four floors, the...

Ronda de Valencia 2
Free

Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Critics' choice
Museums

This undervisited museum is in fact one of Madrid's most important and oldest permanent artistic institutions (it was founded in 1794). The eclectic...

C/Alcalá 13
Major venue

Museo del Ferrocarril

Critics' choice
Museums

Housed in the elegant but disused Delicias station, with ironwork by Gustave Eiffel, Madrid's railway museum has an evocative collection of models, old...

Paseo de las Delicias 61

Museo del Prado

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Housed in a gigantic neo-classical building begun by Juan de Villanueva for King Charles III in 1785, the Prado is Madrid's best-known attraction. Charles...

Paseo del Prado s/n
Major venue

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

This unjustifiably little-known museum holds the extraordinarily eclectic collection of 15,000 paintings and objets d'art, covering 24 centuries, that was...

C/Serrano 122

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Occupying an immense, slab-sided building, the Reina Sofía boasts an impressive façade with glass and steel lift-shafts, designed by British architect Ian...

C/Santa Isabel 52
Major venue

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

When the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened in 1992, Madrid added the second point to its 'Golden Triangle'. The private collection of the late Baron...

Palacio de Villahermosa
Major venue