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Summer 2021 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

  
  


"Every summer, in July and August, the Ministry of Culture and Sport's museums offer a varied programme with many different activities for everyone. ..."

Every summer, in July and August, the Ministry of Culture and Sport's museums offer a varied programme with many different activities for everyone. Although this year, 2021, will be a little different from normal, concerts, guided tours, workshops, exhibitions and more are programmed.

In a bid to promote the museum as a public service institution committed to quality and society, this year the state-run museums have organised a different kind of summer programme but one that is full of possibilities. And it goes without saying that it has all been prepared to ensure optimum levels of safety.

Many of the museums will be offering an on-site programme as well as a digital one that can be enjoyed at home. Check the website of each museum for more detailed information.

Activities in Madrid's museums

National Archaeological Museum:

Temporary exhibitions: “Prehistoric Art: from Rock to Museum”, until 31 July 2021. CERO display case: “Fake! A Story of Deception, Art and Greed”, until 18 July 2021; “One Work, Two Lives: Use and Reuse in Medieval Spain”, from 20 July 2021.

Courses and lectures: “The Recreation of Palaeolithic Art”, 1 July 2021. “Works of the month on Instagram: Have you noticed me?”: 2 July, “Roman clay tile. The power of the dominus”, 9 August, “Early medieval altar canopy. Enhancing scared spaces”.

Visits: Guided tours of the temporary exhibition: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons. Free visits in summer: general visit, from 8 July to 11 September 2021, every Thursday and Saturday; themed visits: “Bourbon Spain”, 15 and 29 July, and 2 September; “Neanderthals in the Iberian Peninsula”, 31 July, 5 and 14 August; and “The Caliphate of Córdoba”, 17 July, 19 and 28 August. Independent visits for families and groups of adults. “Afternoons at the museum” programme, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Digital activities: “Do it at home”: games, worksheets, cut-outs and interactive resources.

National Anthropology Museum:

Summer concerts: “Evenings of urban music”, Thursday 8, 15 and 22 July, sessions at 8.30 pm and 9.15 pm. The museum will stay open until 11 pm.

Temporary exhibitions: “Afrotopía”, until 17 October 2021. “Through the gaze: Buddhism in the work of Joaquín Sanz”, until 5 September. The (in)visible Anthropology Programme: from warehouse to display: “A stroll through Abya Yala. Female creators”, until 4 July, and “The MNA commitment: the challenge of the SDGs”, from 6 July. Interactive installation, “Plastic ahoy!”, from 6 July to 19 September 2021.

Activities and workshops: treasure hunts, interactive activities and family workshop. Adult workshop: “Thematic tour, Who did it? A woman”. Film forum: “The anthropology of cinema”, 1 July.

Visits: Guided tours of the temporary exhibitions in July and August on Thursdays and Saturdays. Guided group tours of the museum and the temporary exhibitions in July and August.

Digital activities: virtual exhibition, “Young female urban photographers. Capture and share your own new normal”, until 5 September. #Family2.0 programme: online games, videos and interactive activities for families.

Sorolla Museum:

Special opening: “Summer nights at the Sorolla Museum”, every Thursday during July and August, the museum will be open until 10.30 pm.

Temporary exhibitions: “Sorolla. Torment and devotion”, from 12 July 2021 until 9 January 2022.

Visits: Guided tours of the temporary exhibition. Visit-workshop for children, “Mystery and light”, Saturdays 17, 24 and 31 July at 11 am. Guided museum visits.

Digital activities: online workshops, videos and interactive activities to do as a family.

Costume Museum. C.I.P.E:

The halls of the museum are temporarily closed for improvement work. Reopening is scheduled for October 2021.

Digital activity: Animated children’s story: “Summer of 33”.

National Museum of Romanticism:

Concerts: “Whims and fancies of Romanticism”, a series of concerts at the Katarina Gurska foundation, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 July at 7 pm.

Temporary exhibitions: PhotoEspaña 2021: “Barbara Morgan: gesture, dance and expressionism”, until 26 September 2021. Event of the Season series: “A Dª Manuela Perea, la Nena”, from July to September.

Visits: themed visit, “May I have this dance?”. Visits explaining the Event of the Season and the “Fifteen minutes in a room”. Guided tours of the museum.

Activities and workshops: visit-workshop for children, 10 and 24 July at 11 am. Family storytelling, “Now that’s a tall story!”, 11 July at 12 noon.

Digital activities: “From home”: workshops, games and online interactive activities for children, young people and adults.

Cerralbo Museum:

Concerts: The Quiroga Quartet, 11 and 12 July, at 8 pm.
Temporary exhibitions: PhotoEspaña 2021: “Leopoldo Pomés. After all”, until 12 September 2021.

Activities for Children: Visit-workshop for children, “Around the world at the Cerralbo Museum”, Saturdays 10 and 24 July.

Visits: Themed guided visits. Guided tours of the temporary exhibition, Thursday and Friday.

Digital activities: Virtual storytelling, film forum, podcast, virtual ScapeRoom, online games and resources for families.

National Museum of Decorative Arts:

Free admission: from 6 July to 31 August 2021.

Temporary exhibitions: “Hope and Utopia. Design 1900-1939”, semi-permanent exhibition. “Thonet, Kohn, Fischel. Viennese bentwood furniture. Donated by Julio Vives Chillida”, until 10 October. “Tradition and Modernity. Latvian Textile Art”, until 5 September 2021.

Visits: self-guided tours of the temporary exhibitions. Interactive self-guided tour with a treasure hunt for children, until 3 July.

Courses and lectures: “Work of the month for July: The art of the fan. Memories of the Grand Tour”

Digital activities: “The Museum with the family”, online games, storytelling, videos and activities for families.

Museum of the Americas:

Temporary exhibitions: “More than just a series of traditional moves. Bullfighting culture in the Americas”, until 12 September 2021.

Visits: guided tours of the temporary exhibition in July, August and September, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 am and 12.30 pm. Themed guided tours: “The architectural quirks of the Museum of the Americas. A building that’s the stuff of dreams”, Thursdays in July and August at 11 am and 12.30 pm; “Enlightened interest in archaeology. The first archaeological digs in the Americas through the museum’s collections”, Tuesdays in July and August at 11 am and 12.30 pm.

 

Activities in Toledo and Valladolid's museums

El Greco Museum (Toledo):

Temporary exhibitions: “12+1 REMAKE”: works by Urban Sketchers Toledo, until 12 September. “Guest work: Triptych of the Crucifixion”, until 12 September.

Activities and workshops: summer camp in the museum gardens, from 6 to 9 July.

Sephardic Museum (Toledo):

Concerts: “Summer nights. A concert from Milo Ke Mandarini”, Friday 23 July at 10.15 pm.

Digital activities: virtual tours and a virtual workshop, “The walls speak out”, from 15 July.

Cervantes House-Museum (Valladolid):

Activities and workshops: children’s camps, “The enigmas of the garden”, 6 and 7 July, 13 and 14 July, and 20 and 21 July at 11 am.

Visits: self-guided interactive tour of the museum for children, “Catch those exhibits!”

Digital activities: crafts and downloadable materials for families. Virtual tour of the museum, programme of online lectures and exhibitions.

National Sculpture Museum (Valladolid):

Concerts and dance: “Musical relics. String quintet by Schubert, performed by the Ribera Quartet, 29 July at 10 pm. Theatre and Street Arts Festival, performances in the garden and patio of the Colegio de San Gregorio from 7 to 11 July.

Temporary exhibitions: “Strange Devotion. Of relics and reliquaries”, Palacio de Villena. “Art of uncertain times. María Luisa Caturla”

Visits: guided tours of the temporary exhibition, Thursdays and Sunday in July, and 1 and 8 August.

Activities and workshops: children’s workshops, “Things that matter, family heirlooms”, 27 and 28 July at 11 am. Film screenings: “Objects that arouse passions: from the Holy Grail to the Maltese Falcon”, from 3 to 5 August at 10.30 pm.

Courses and lectures: Lecture, “Relics and the contemporary world. Images, memory and politics”, 2 July. “Local art. A daily conversation with professionals at the museum, from Tuesdays to Fridays at 12 noon.

 

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

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

Concerts: Voice and piano recital, French composers of La Belle Époque, Saturday 24 July at 6 pm.

Temporary exhibitions: “All about a dish. Amparo Carbonell”, until 31 October 2021. “The legacy of Otto Piert: a life dedicated to the collection of engravings”, until 17 October 2021.

Visits: Guided tours of the permanent exhibition in July and August. Dramatised visits for families, 10 and 11 July. Self-guided treasure hunt for families.

Digital activities: “Do it at home”, virtual workshops and online educational resources for children and families.

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA (Cartagena):

Visits: Guided tours. Dramatised visits for families, “A voyage on board the Nautilus”, 4 July at 12 noon.

Digital activities: digital storytelling, “Of mermaids, ghosts, monsters and other legends of the sea”. Downloadable interactive activities for families.

National Museum of Roman Art (Mérida):

Courses and lectures: series of lectures, “10th meeting with the classics”, from 14 to 23 July 2021. UNED-MNAR summer course, “Religion in Rome: diversity and integration”, from 8 to 10 July 2021. 4th stage creators’ conference: “The chorus and the women in Greco-Latin theatre as political assembly and construction of the city”, from 18 to 21 July 2021.

Temporary exhibitions: “Tempus Fugit. The concept of time in ancient Mérida”, until May 2022. “Imperium. Images of power in Rome”, until May 2022.

Visits: Guided tours of the temporary exhibition, Thursdays in July and August at 8.30 pm. Themed guided tours: “The Roman Prosperina dam”, 10 July, and “MNAR architecture”, 24 July.

Activities and workshops: children’s summer workshops, from 6 to 30 July and 3 to 6 August, from Tuesday to Thursday at 11 am. Actions for Archaeology Day, 28 July 2021.

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

Concerts: A concert to mark the museum’s 20th birthday, Friday 17 July at 8 pm.

Temporary exhibitions: “Auratic replica, by Carlos Irijalba”; “Who! by Andrea Juan”, “Kiputz, a prehistoric abyss”.

Activities and workshops: self-guided treasure hunt for families, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, and 5 September. “Bisóntere - International Puppet Festival of Santillana del Mar”, 10 July. Collaborative mural, “Drawing Altamira country”, 25 September at 11.30 am. Demonstration workshops for adults: “Deer hunters”, Wednesdays in July and 4 September; “Around the home”, Fridays in August.

Visits: guided tours in July, August and September at 12 noon on Thursdays. Themed guided tour: “Women, yes! But... what stories?”, 11 September.

Digital activities: “The Altamira from Home Programme”, downloadable pictures, puzzles, crafts and games.   

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