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Museo De Los Origenes

Attractions, Museums

Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the well-digger and labourer San Isidro, this museum sits on the spot where he supposedly lived and performed one of...

Plaza de San Andrés 2
Free

Museo del Biblioteca Nacional

Museums

With over three million volumes, Spain's national library has been called the 'Prado of paper'. Among the wealth of printed matter there is every work...

Biblioteca Nacional
Free

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 del Traje (Museum of Clothing)

Museums

This museum is a must for those interested in any aspect of clothing. The collections comprise over 160,000 garments covering six centuries of Spanish...

Avda Juan de Herrera 2

Museo ICO

Art, Museums

The ICO collection includes some 600 works, split into categories that include Spanish painting 1980-2000, modern Spanish sculpture and 20th century...

Calle Zorrilla 3
Free

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 Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo

Art, Museums

The council's contemporary art collection covers painting and graphic work, along with sculpture, photography and drawing. The first floor relates works and...

C/Conde Duque 9
Free

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 Nacional de Artes Decorativas

Art, Museums

The Decorative Arts Museum houses more than 15,000 objets d'art, furniture and tapestries from all over Spain, plus many from China. One of the most prized...

C/Montalbán 12

Museo Naval

Museums

Madrid's naval museum contains examples of the booty accumulated by Columbus and other early mariners during Spain's period of maritime expansion and an...

Paseo del Prado 5
Free

Museo Romántico

Art, Museums

The Romántico contains a charming collection of furniture, paintings, ornaments, early pianos and other pieces that evoke the Romantic period of...

C/San Mateo 13

Museo Sorolla

Art, Museums

Often considered a neo-Impressionist, Valencia-born Joaquín Sorolla was really an exponent of 'luminism', the celebration of light. He was renowned for his...

Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37

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

Museo Tiflológico

Art, Museums

Owned and run by ONCE, the organisation for blind and partially sighted people, this special museum presents exhibitions of work by visually-impaired...

C/La Coruña 18
Free