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Culture and art for all budgets- that is what Madrid offers throughout the year. From the big art galleries to other museums of reference, Madrid gives us the opportunity to admire its art free of charge on certain days and times. Keep reading and find out!
We start our cultural, zero cost tour at the Prado Museum, which allows us to see the collections of the great geniuses of world painting free of charge from Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm, and on Sundays and holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm. Free access is also possible at any time for people younger than 18 years of age, students up to 25, teachers and disabled people.
We cross the Paseo del Prado to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which holds one of the most important private collections in the world, from surrealism to impressionism and abstract art. In this exceptional museum it is possible to access without paying the entrance fee on Mondays, a perfect chance to glaze upon its permanent collection. It is possible for minors under 18, unemployed people and members of the International Council of Museums to have unrestricted access, free of charge, at any time.
On the so-called Paseo del Arte, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, considered an extension of the Prado Museum, with works from the 19th century to the present day, could not be missed. Free entry hours are on Monday and from Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 9pm. Sundays free entry runs from 1:30pm to 7pm. People under 18, those over 65, unemployed, large families and young card holders can enjoy permanent free access.
We are not far from the Art Triangle to visit the cultural centre, CaixaForum, where we can find a varied calendar of temporary exhibitions, conferences, workshops and concerts. Admission is free for children under 16 and customers of the entity.
The Museum of America, with more than 25,000 pieces of pre-Columbian art, objects from all over Europe and America, from the Palaeolithic period to the present day, obtained in the different scientific and discovery expeditions, is another must-see. Again, minors, people over 65, unemployed and students get access for free.
A walk through the Romantic period, getting to know the daily life and customs of the high bourgeoisie during this years is possible if you come to the Museum of Romanticism, which you can visit free of charge on Saturdays from 2 pm and Sundays all day long. Young people, unemployed or over 65, plus teachers, journalists and quite a big list of beneficiaries can access free of charge to the museum.
The former residence and workshop of master Sorolla houses today his Museum, in the heart of Chamberí district. We can visit free of charge on Saturdays from 2.30 pm on, as well as Sundays all day long. Young people under 18, students, unemployed and pensioners can visit the center for free.
The National Archaeological Museum is a must for all those who enjoy the knowledge of ancient civilizations. It is one of the most visited in the city, and offers free access on Saturdays from 2 pm and Sunday mornings. Also minors, people over 65, students, pensioners and such can benefit from a free access.
The Marquis of Cerralbo, left for our enjoyment the Museum that bears his name, and will surprise us with his collection of paintings, furniture and objects, which we can visit in a unique Italian style house, designed more for events and parties, than as a dwelling. You can access free of charge on Thursday from 5 pm and on Sunday. Usual public museum free of charge policy allows students, minors, pensioners and such to enjoy a free access.
Finally, we would recommend a visit to the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, which among its more than 15,000 works of art, treasures paintings by Goya, El Bosco or El Greco among others, as well as objects such as jewellery, sculptures, watches and armours. We can't miss its magnificent garden. Free entry runs from 2pm to 3pm every day, and under-12s and unemployed people can access for free.
Most commonly, museums have free access on April 18, the International Day For Monuments and Sites; on the International Museum Day, around May 18; on the 12th October, Spanish National and Hispanic Day; and on the 6th December, Spanish Constitution Day.