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Casa de América

Art, Museums

Housed in the 1872 Palacio de Linares, the Casa de América showcases Latin American art, both by established figures and emerging talents. It also has the...

Palacio de Linares
Free

Colección Permanente del Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO)

Museums

This small museum is run by the ICO, a state credit bank. Its collection has three main parts: most important among them is Picasso's Suite Vollard series,...

C/Zorrilla 3
Free

Cosmocaixa

Museums

Kids and adults uncover the mysteries of science via hands-on interactive exhibits. The clik de los niños (three- to eight-year-olds), where processes can...

C/Pintor Velázquez s/n

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

La Residencia de Estudiantes

Attractions, Museums

From its foundation in 1910 until the war in 1936, The Residencia de Estudiantes was the most vibrant cultural centre in Madrid, and a powerful innovative...

C/Pinar 21-23
Free

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Museums

One of Madrid's oldest museums, dating back to 1867, this shares the same building as the Biblioteca Nacional and Museo del Libro. It traces the evolution...

C/Serrano 13

Museo Casa de la Moneda

Museums

This museum for enthusiasts of philately and numismatics boasts a huge collection, dating from the 18th century, that is among the most important in the...

C/Dr Esquerdo 36
Free

Museo Cerralbo

Art, Museums

Laid out in a sumptuous late 19th-century mansion in Argüelles is the incredible private collection of artworks and artefacts assembled by Enrique de...

C/Ventura Rodríguez 17

Museo de América

Art, Museums

This museum comprises the finest collection of pre-Columbian American art and artefacts in Europe, a combination of articles brought back at the time of the...

Avda de los Reyes Católicos 6

Museo de Antropología y Etnología

Museums

This three-storey building between the Retiro and Atocha station houses several levels, each devoted to a specific region or country. The first level has an...

C/Alfonso XII 68

Museo de Ciencias Naturales

Museums

The Natural Science Museum occupies two spaces in a huge building overlooking a sloping garden on the Castellana. Much of the north wing is given over to...

C/José Gutiérrez Abascal 2

Museo de Esculturas al Aire Libre

Art, Museums

An unconventional museum, this '70s space at the junction of the Castellana with C/Juan Bravo was the brainchild of engineers José Antonio Fernández Ordoñez...

Paseo de la Castellana 41
Free

Museo de Historia

Museums

This museum is closed until 2010, owing to thorough renovation work. The building itself boasts an exuberantly ornate entrance by Pedro de Ribera, one of...

C/Fuencarral 78
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
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