Culture and art for all pockets, is what Madrid offers throughout the year and even more at this time. From the big art galleries to other museums of reference, they give us the opportunity to admire their works free of charge on certain days and times. Keep reading and find out!
We start our cultural tour at zero cost in our great reference, 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 persons.
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 from 12pm to 4pm, but only in the permanent collection. It is possible for children under the age of 12, unemployed persons 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 Mondays, from Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 9pm and Sundays from 1:30pm to 7pm. Without restrictions for access at no cost, they are available to people under 18 years of age, those over 65 years of age, unemployed, large families and young card holders.
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 years of age 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, can be visited free of charge on Sundays. The remaining days are for youth, unemployed, students and large families.
A walk through the Romantic period, getting to know the daily life and customs of the high bourgeoisie during this period 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, as well as young people, unemployed or over 65 years old.
The one that was the residence and workshop of master Sorolla, houses his Museum, in the heart of Chamberí district. We can visit free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm his legacy represented by his works, souvenirs, the family house and gardens. As usual daily, it is possible to do this for young people under 18, students, unemployed and pensioners.
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.
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. We can be accessed free of charge on Saturdays from 2 pm, Sundays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. Collectives at any time also have free access.
The National Library has a museum with hundreds of books, collections, incunabula and exhibitions that are worth visiting, as well as its imposing neoclassical-style building. Access is free of charge.
Finally, we propose you 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 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm every day, and on Sundays from 2pm to 3pm. Admission is also free for youths under 12, people over 65, unemployed and teachers.
Generally speaking, museums have free access, on April 18, International Day For Monuments and Sites; the International Museum Day around May 18; the 12th October, Spanish National Holiday and Hispanic Day; and the 6th December, Spanish Constitution Day.