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Summer 2019 in State Museums

  • Summer Roman workshop at the National Archaeological Museum. Photo: Íñigo Sola © MAN

    Summer Roman workshop at the National Archaeological Museum. Photo: Íñigo Sola © MAN

  • Children's activity at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

    Children's activity at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

  • CHAMBERart 2016 Festival concert at the National Archaeological Museum © MAN

    CHAMBERart 2016 Festival concert at the National Archaeological Museum © MAN

  • Zamora Pyxis, themed tours of  the National Archaeological Museum. Photo: Alexandru Onciu © MAN

    Zamora Pyxis, themed tours of the National Archaeological Museum. Photo: Alexandru Onciu © MAN

  • Children's activity at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

    Children's activity at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

  
  


"Make the most of July and August to visit the museums run by the Ministry of Culture and Sport. They are open for longer and have a programme of summer activities for all the family."

Make the most of July and August to visit the museums run by the Ministry of Culture and Sport. They are open for longer and have a programme of summer activities for all the family.

As well as opening for longer than usual, the museums offer a series of special activities, which enrich the visit and make it more attractive: workshops, camps, guided tours, courses, concerts, etc. National museums promote the idea of being institutions that are committed to quality and society, and they are clearly devoted to customer service.

See below for special opening times and unique activities. Many of the scheduled activities are open to all and free of charge, including admission to the museum. For more detailed information check the website for each museum.

Activities in Madrid's museums

National Archaeological Museum:

July: Summer workshops for children. Special visit in the vault: “Touching history. The coins of Il Trovatore: the wedding coins of Manrico and Leonora”, one of the Teatro Real 2018-2019 season activities. Concerts in the 15th International Chamber Music Festival CHAMBERart 2019. UNED summer course “Roma vivet: heritage and survival of Ancient Rome.”

July and August: Self-led workshops for families. Guided tour in the Exhibit of the Month programme: “Music in the Museum” cycle.

July, August and September: Guided tour “A Walk Through the History of Spain”, Thursdays at 12 pm (until 12 September).

Temporary exhibitions: “Severed Heads. Symbols of Power.” CERO display case: “World Currencies: Melanesia” and “Secret Holdings of the Museum: Cartonnage of Egyptian Mummies and its Restoration.”

National Anthropology Museum:

July: Summer Concerts: “Travelling in Central Asia”, Thursdays at 8.30 pm.

July and August: Scavenger hunts and activities for families. Family workshop “Carrying the house! On the steppes of Central Asia.” “Expo Wednesdays”: guided tours of the temporary exhibitions. Tours led by cultural volunteers.

Temporary exhibitions: “Front against front. Two visions of the Civil War in photographs”; “Just a Name. (I'm Underneath). A Project by Sheila R. Melhem”; “Nomads of Altái. Life on the steppes of Central Asia”, and the programme (in)visible Anthropology Display Case: “Textiles from Guatemala: I dress like this because I am like this.”

Sorolla Museum:

July: Chamberí Night at the Sorolla Museum: guided tour of the museum on 11 July at 8 pm.

July and August: Summer nights at the Sorolla Museum: special opening until 10.30 pm, with free admission and free guided tours.

Temporary exhibition: “Chasing impressions. Small-format Sorolla.”

Costume Museum. C.I.P.E:

July and August: special opening on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10.30 pm with free admission. Visits with commentary in the traditional costume gallery, Thursday at 7 pm.

National Museum of Romanticism:

July: Special opening on Thursday evenings until 11.30 pm, with free admission after 8.30 pm. Concert cycle “Caprichos del Romanticismo” by the Katarina Gurska Foundation. Family workshops: “The characters of the Palace.” Evening guided tours of the museum on Thursdays at 9 pm. Activity in partnership with the Teatro Real: the exhibition “A work of art, an opera: Fan depicting Marietta Gazzanica” representing the opera “Il Trovatore.”

July and August: Guided tours with cultural mediators: visits to the museum, to specific rooms or works, and to the Exhibit of the Quarter.

Temporary exhibitions: “The museum presents… Federico de Madrazo, Francisco Aranda y Delgado. 1839” and “Double Take: Sharon Core and Laura Letinsky”, part of the exhibition programme of PHotoEspaña 2019.

Cerralbo Museum:

July and August: Self-guided tours for families and adults.

National Museum of Decorative Arts:

July: guided tours of the exhibition “Grupo 13. Advertising between art and design.” Madrid es Moda themed tours: “Roberto Verino in the 17th century mansion” and “MALNE in the museum lobby.” Tours in the Exhibit of the Month programme: “Time in your pocket. Equinoctial sundial.”

Museum of the Americas:

July: Concerts in the 15th International Chamber Music Festival CHAMBERart 2019. Temporary exhibition: “The Load. The Chota Valley Woman in dialogue with the museum.”

July and August: Self-guided tours for families: “On the trail of… the Viceroy’s Treasures.” Contextos programme of micro-exhibitions: “The New Spain chest of Villa Alta of the Marquis of Mancera” and “Tatanua mask from New Ireland province (Papua New Guinea).”

 

Activities in Toledo and Valladolid's museums

El Greco Museum (Toledo):

July: Summer camp: “Water, sun and clay!.” Conciert: musical evening in the museum gardens by the Asociación Musical Cristo de la Veracruz. Temporary exhibition: “San Matías de Tristán”, the museum’s latest acquisition.

July and August: temporary exhibition: “Guillaume Bruère draws El Greco’s Apostles.”

Sephardic Museum (Toledo):

July: Sephardic music workshop. Microtheatre at the museum: “For the love of art, pictorial fanfare” and “Silkworms, contemporary comedy.” Summer course “Sefarad: language, history and culture in Toledo.”

August: concert by the group Memorias de Sefarad.

July and August: visits with commentary: “From Synagogue to Museum”, every Tuesday (12 pm), Thursday (11 am and 12 pm) and Friday (12 pm).

Cervantes House-Museum (Valladolid):

July: children’s summer camp: “Con ingenio y bravura….”

July and August: exhibition of the photomosaic “To have a dream”, a project by Joan Fontcuberta in homage to Don Quixote. Guided tours for all ages, Thursdays at 7 pm (Thursdays in July and on 1 August)

National Sculpture Museum (Valladolid):

July: workshops for children “What you don’t see.” Evening tours of the museum’s coffered ceilings. Evening concerts in Patio de San Gregorio. Temporary exhibition: “Guglielmo della Porta. Italian bronze.”

August: screening of the opera “Dido and Aeneas”, by Henry Purcell, in the courtyard of Palacio de Villena. Outdoor cinema: the cycle “Different, invisible and outsiders”, in the garden of Colegio de Can Gregorio. 

July and August: visits with commentary: the museum curators explain their favourite pieces. Temporary exhibition: “Storeroom. The place of the invisible.”

 

Activities in Valencia, Cartagena, Mérida and Santillana del Mar’s museums

González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts (Valencia):

July: special evening opening with free admission on Saturday 20 July, from 8 pm to 12 am. Themed tour: “A question of gender.” Interactive visits for families: “The palace of the magical Marquis.” Evening concert on 29 July.

July and August: temporary exhibitions “Nassio. From the everyday to the fantastic”, “The seduction of elegance. Sculptures from Alcora in the National Museum of Ceramics (1742-1995)” and the exhibit of the quarter, “Fountain. Bérain series. Real Fábrica de Alcora (1727-1750).”

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA (Cartagena):

July: Children’s archaeological summer school “By land and sea.” Creative writing course “Writing and imagination.”

July and August: dramatised tour “María Pita and the defence of A Coruña”: the story of the woman who helped repel the attack by the English Armada on A Coruña in 1589 (Sundays 21 and 28 July, and Sundays in August, at 12.30 pm). Independent family visit with map-guide.

National Museum of Roman Art (Mérida):

July: Lecture: “Do you know what you’re saying? How we speak Latin without knowing it. Latin lovers, the value of Latin and Classical culture.” UNED-MNAR summer course: “Rome: from triumph to defeat.” 8th Encounter with the Classics lecture series, in partnership with the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival. Stage creators’ conference: “The Telemachus effect and the rebel Romans.” 2nd Spanish Academy of the Performing Arts summer school.

July and August: “Thursdays at the Museum”: guided tours of the temporary exhibition by the museum’s cultural volunteers, with free admission during the special opening times (at 8 pm and 8.45 pm). Summer workshops for children: “Dionysus, lord of nature.”

September: “Collection open day” programme on Museums Day (19 September). Heritage Night: free admission in special opening times (21 September). Visit to the Mudejar towers of Alange, Palomas, Hornachos and Puebla de la Reina. European Researchers’ Night (27 September).

Temporary exhibitions: “Dionysus-Bacchus. A god for humans”, “Recycling Emerita” and “Miguel Ángel Blanco. Lapis Specularis: light underground.”

Altamira National Museum and Research Centre (Santillana del Mar):

July: Museum anniversary concert.

July and August: Prehistory workshops. “Herbarium” workshop-guided walk. Activities for families (“The Does Who Frolic in the Fields” art workshop ; “Herbarium” guided walk and workshop; “I spy in the cave of Altamira” self-guided route; museoteca; and the “Storytellers” space). Guided tours “Altamira landscape” and “Forest bathing.” Guided tours in the Neocave (also in sign language).

Temporary exhibitions: “Who! Andrea Juan” and “The art of reproducing art. Wall, pigment, pixel.”

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