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Madrid's museums reopen

As Madrid's museums reopen, the government establishes a timetable exclusively for those ages 60 and older to visit

By Time Out Madrid editors and Jan Fleischer

As we are coming out of our shells, cautiously, bit by bit, and still remembering to adhere to all safety measures, we find reasons to celebrate. Museums, a key part of Madrid's cultural life, start reopening their doors Tuesday, May 26. Specifically, the Lope de Vega House-Museum, the Cervantes Birthplace Museum, the Picasso Museum-Eugenio Arias Collection and the Nuevo Baztán Interpretation Centre begin to welcome visitors. The CA2M Dos de Mayo Art Centre and the Regional Archaeological Museum follow suit on Wednesday the 27th.

Likewise, the Community of Madrid has established a day and a time slot exclusively for those over 60 years of age to visit museums, with the aim of reinforcing safety measures in this more vulnerable age group. If that includes you, that means on Wednesdays, from opening time until 2pm, you can head to the CA2M, Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Picasso-Eugenio Arias, and Nuevo Baztán, and Thursdays you can visit the Regional Archaeological Museum in Alcalá de Henares, also until 2pm.

This reopening of museums follows the implementation of all the health protocols required by the central government, which guarantee the safety of workers and visitors. Among the measures is a reduced capacity, which starts at 33 percent, and will be revised to be expanded as the region progresses in the phases of de-escalation. You'll also find a queuing system at museum entrances to comply with keeping a safe 2-metre distance between visitors. Finally, museum staff are protected with methacrylate partitions, disinfecting solutions, masks and gloves. Visitors must wear masks at all times in the museums.

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In Madrid, Barcelona and beyond, museums have been temporarily closed for months. But they’ve still been contributing to helping us get our art fix by providing online versions of their collections for us to enjoy. So settle in to discover artists and great works, as we continue to cultivate thought and creativity together with visits to virtual museums from home. 


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