Madrid is culture. The city boasts some of the most important museums around the world. If you are an art lover, do not miss this tour around five lesser-known yet impressive museums, worth visiting not only for their collections, but also for the beautiful buildings that house them. One more way of sightseeing without leaving the city!
Four museums belonging to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport: Decorative Arts MNAD, Cerralbo, Romanticism, Sorolla - dependents of the Directorate General of Fine Arts and Cultural Heritage - and the Lázaro Galdiano Museum have joined with the desire to promote and make known an alternative cultural route in the city of Madrid, through different initiatives and activities that seek to offer the visitor a different cultural experience.
To promote this new cultural itinerary has been created a ticket for the joint visit to the five museums. The ticket, 'Five museums, it's other Madrid', can be purchased for a price of €12 at the ticket offices of each of the five museums and will allow visiting in 10 days the five venues. In addition, with the purchase of the same, the user will receive a loyalty card valid for one year, which will allow him and a companion to go free to the five museums every Saturday during that year and receive a series of advantages and exclusive promotions such as guided tours to the permanent exhibition or temporary exhibitions, invitations to openings, preferential communication of activities, seat reservation for concert, etc., all of which seeks to create an emotional link between the public and the museums.
The five museums are exhibition halls whose common factor is that they are located in unique places, houses, small palaces, in short beautiful buildings that increase the value of the site along with their spectacular art. There are corners of the city, witnesses worthy of the history of the characters who created and lived in them.
Sorolla museum: Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, had built this house-studio where he lived until the end of his days. It was donated to the State by his widow, and opened as a museum in 1932. An oasis of peace and tranquility located in the heart of Madrid, near the Paseo de la Castellana, where not only are the works of the Valencian painter, but will be able to discover furniture, sculptures and ceramics as well as all kinds of goods that decorated the house in life of the artist, and a very personal collection including works that were not intended for sale.
Museum of Romanticism: Created in 1921 by Benigno de la Vega-Inclan y Flaquer, II Marquis of Vega-Inclán, in the neoclassical style palace of 1776 designed by architect Manuel Rodriguez. Located in the street San Mateo 13, houses not only paintings, furniture and objects of its founder, but has an interesting collection from acquisitions, donations and deposits with the aim of offering to the visitors a global vision of the Romanticism in Spain. Previously known as Romantic, after its reopening for reform in 2009 received the new name by which we know today.
Cerralbo Museum: Built between 1883 and 1893, this palace, former residence of the Marquis of Cerralbo, is located in the Madrid district of Argüelles. Neoclassical and eclectic architectural style, by the order of Cerralbo himself were available an interior that recalled the art galleries in Italy. Considered in times, the most important private collection of Spain, you can delight with its collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, tapestries, furniture, coins, medals, drawings, prints, clocks, arms or armor, among other things, but its visit invite you to discover it was at that time living in the city, with the literary gatherings, dances, etc.
Lázaro Galdiano Museum: In the heart of Salamanca district, in a place known as 'Florido Park', is located this palace, which opened its doors the 27 January 1951 by express desire of the art collector José Lázaro Galdiano, in order that future generations formed and will enjoy with his collection. Inside you will find works of El Bosco, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo and Cranach among other great artists, as well as an interesting collection of miniatures, jewellery, sculptures, drawings, etc. complete one of the most important private collections of art of Spain. In the garden, you will enjoy different shows.
National Museum of Decorative Arts MNAD: Very close to the Retiro Park and The Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate), will find this small palace that dates back to 1878, which its construction was ordered by the Duchess of Santoña as a summer residence, under the supervision of the architect José María Gómez, and in which ever lived. Known in 1912 as the National Museum of Industrial Arts, was not until 1927 when it adopted the definitive name. In its collection of some 70,000 pieces, you will find ceramic and porcelain, glass, furniture, textiles, sculptures or photographs among other collections, some even from the fourth century BC.
From the Region of Madrid, we encourage you to continue discovering these museums. A unique chance to meet a different Madrid!
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