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Madrid Athenaeum

  • Assembly hall, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo

    Assembly hall, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo

  • Entry staircase, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo

    Entry staircase, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo

  • Library, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo

    Library, Madrid Athenaeum © Ateneo



Cultural institute
Calle Prado, 21
28014 Madrid

Telephone+34 914291750

Fax+34 914297901


Since its foundation in 1835, the Athenaeum has been a constant landmark in the cultural life of Madrid.

The Madrid Athenaeum is a private society, with the designation of public service, created to serve as a space which is open to thought, debate and cultural and scientific debate. Its function rooms host a wide-ranging programme of activities all year round: exhibitions, round tables, lectures, presentations, talks, concerts, etc…

Throughout its history, significant figures from the world of Spanish arts, politics and sciences have been members of the Athenaeum, including Ramón y Cajal, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Cánovas del Castillo, Antonio Machado and Gregorio Marañón. Their faces and others can be seen in the Portrait Gallery, which features paintings by artists such as Sorolla, Madrazo and Fortuny. The Assembly Hall, decorated by Arturo Mélida, the room known as La Cacharrería, and the library are among its other notable spaces. The library contains an extensive collection of books and periodicals, and is particularly well endowed with works from the 19th and first third of the 20th century.

Practical information



Library: from 9 am to 12:45 am.

Exhibition rooms
Prado 19: from 5-8 pm.
Espacio Prado: from 5-8 pm.

Café-restaurant:9 am to 1 am

Guided tours:Monday-Friday, 10 am to 1 pm.



Free admission

Guided tours: €3

Films, concerts and stage performances: €3

Café / restaurant
Corporate events
Programme of cultural activities

Guided tours
Telephone: +34 914291750 (ext. 124)


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