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Five museums, a different Madrid

  • Façade of the Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

    Façade of the Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

  • Room in the Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Museo Cerralbo

    Room in the Cerralbo Museum, Madrid © Museo Cerralbo

  • Ball Room, Museum of Romanticism, Madrid © Museo de Cultura y Deporte

    Ball Room, Museum of Romanticism, Madrid © Museo de Cultura y Deporte

  • Andalusian Patio, Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Museo Sorolla

    Andalusian Patio, Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Museo Sorolla

  • Room in the Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Museo Sorolla

    Room in the Sorolla Museum, Madrid © Museo Sorolla

  • Main staircase, National Museum of Decorative Arts, Madrid © Turespaña

    Main staircase, National Museum of Decorative Arts, Madrid © Turespaña

  • Room in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid © Fundación Museo Lázaro Galdiano

    Room in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid © Fundación Museo Lázaro Galdiano

  
  


"This is a route for those who want to wander off the beaten cultural path and discover some very special places. ..."

This is a route for those who want to wander off the beaten cultural path and discover some very special places. We tour five sites well worthy of a visit, both due to their contents as well as for the buildings themselves. Five museums housed in five palaces; five unique environments, created by passionate people, where beauty and art are the centre of attention.

The National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Cerralbo Museum, the Romanticism Museum, the Sorolla Museum and the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, are the five points that mark this alternative cultural path through “another Madrid”. You can buy a ten-day pass at any of the museums to visit them all for just €12. With the purchase you will also receive a card, valid for two people, to visit the five museums free of charge on any Saturday for a whole year.

Moreover, from 19 to 23 November 2019, with the programme “Five museums make a house”, two guided tours of each museum have been organised, one in the morning, and another in the afternoon, during which the unifying aspects of each building will be highlighted: the type of building, the domestic area, the founder of the collection, the district they are located in, etc.

National Museum of Decorative Arts

This 19th century urban palace, once owned by the Duchess of Santoña, is located very close to the Retiro Park. Its architecture is along similar lines to the former Bourgeois hotels, which were built from 1877 on the lands of the Buen Retiro Palace. The museum’s permanent collection stems from everyday life of the past and present, in the intimacy of the rooms from bygone days... On the other hand, the temporary exhibitions are devoted to contemporary and industrial design, to those artists and designers who created and still create our surroundings.

Cerralbo Museum

Situated between the Plaza de España and the Parque del Oeste. The building was constructed between 1885 and 1893 as the family residence for the Marquis of Cerralbo, with architecture following the characteristics of the French urban mansions in the style of a hôtel particulier, with an interior courtyard and garden. The Marquis, who had a passion for collecting works of art, managed to create one of the most important collections of the time, with over 50,000 objects of all kinds –from paintings, sculptures, tapestries and ceramics– to coins, clocks, armour, furniture, drawings and photographs. Nowadays, they are exhibited inside the different rooms of the palace, reflecting the aristocratic taste and style of the period.

Museum of Romanticism

The museum is housed in an 18th century neoclassical palace in the heart of Madrid, very close to Tribunal metro station. The museum was founded by another great collector, the Marquis of Vega-Inclán, who donated over 16,000 artefacts, including documents, paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces. This was swiftly followed by subsequent donations made by intellectuals and literary greats of the time, such as Mariano José de Larra, José de Zorrilla and Juan Ramón Jiménez. The garden, rooms and halls of the current museum house take us on a journey to the Romantic period of 19th Spain, and offer us a glimpse into this artistic movement and the customs and day-to-day life of the period’s high bourgeoisie.

Sorolla Museum

In 1911, on a plot near the current Paseo de la Castellana, Joaquín Sorolla built a family house that would also be his studio and workshop, with a beautiful garden designed by the painter himself. The museum houses the most significant collection of the artist’s works (over 1,200 pieces), preserving the interior décor and original ambience of the house. Sorolla’s light-filled landscapes and beaches, his everyday scenes and portraits adorn the walls alongside sculptures, ceramics, photographs, pieces of jewellery and furniture that the family purchased for their home. 

Lázaro Galdiano Museum

On the other side of the Paseo de la Castellana sits the Parque Florido Palace, home to the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. The 12,600 works of art were gathered by the publisher, merchant and prolific collector, José Lázaro Galdiano. An artistic collection that boasts some excellent paintings, with works by great masters such as Goya, El Bosco, Cranach, Zurbarán, El Greco and Murillo. Among the paintings is the only Constable to be found in Spain. The collection is completed with exquisite pieces of gold work, sculptures, jewellery, stamps, furniture, enamel and marble artefacts.

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