This summer comes with a succession of good news. Today we bring you yet another one: the entrance to 14 national museums will be free until September 30. So it turns out to be a great opportunity to visit up to 7 which are located in Madrid. You don't know which one to start with? We help you decide!
National Archaeological Museum
Located in the heart of the Salamanca neighborhood, the National Archaeological Museum hosts one of the most important collections of antiquities in the world. You can travel from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century through the main Mediterranean civilizations’ art works. The NAM also houses the famous sculpture The Lady of Elche, one of the most iconic works preserved from the Iberian culture.
National Museum of Decorative Arts
The National Museum of Decorative Arts houses more than 70,000 pieces of which only 15,000 are permanently exhibited. They recreate different environments from the fourteenth century to the present day. From the medieval salon to the contemporary dining room, you will enjoy a historical journey through the different types of salons that represent each era. Among the most surprising spaces, the 18th century Valencian kitchen stands out, completely covered with tiles.
Museum of America
In Museum of America you can tour the traces of American culture, how they evolved and their people’s way of life. Its collections were formed by men of science and have more than 25,000 items, ranging from the Paleolithic to the present, including pre-Columbian archeology and colonial art. A collection that allows you to admire the beauty of these unique pieces.
National Museum of Anthropology
The National Museum of Anthropology has a very compelling collection of objects and documents with which you can appreciate the richness and diversity of the different cultures and people of the five continents. It is worth mentioning remarkable works, such as the Buddhist altar, the three-faced Fang mask (Equatorial Guinea) or the anito from the Philippine collection. A must-see for those who want to dive into other cultures and peoples of the world.
Museum of Romanticism
The Museum of Romanticism houses more than 17,000 funds, a collection that includes great artists such as Goya, Madrazo, Alenza and the brothers Becquer. These great works include paintings, along with sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, furniture, decorative arts, objects of life and customs of the high bourgeoisie of the nineteenth century.
The Sorolla Museum was home for the Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla. It houses a collection of more than 1,200 painting works, more than 1,000 by the artist himself, as well as furniture, original objects and the garden as designed by Sorolla. It is one of the best-preserved artist houses in Europe, in addition to being one of the most complete collections.
Very well known for being one of the most complete private collections in Spain made up of more than 50,000 pieces, the Cerralbo Museum is an example of the palaces and aristocratic residences that existed in Madrid in the 19th century. Among the pieces that make up the collection are paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, clocks, ceramics, decorative arts and an infinite number of archaeological objects acquired thanks to the collecting zeal of the Marquis of Cerralbo.
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