3 Top Madrid Museums
These museums feature some of Europe’s and Spain’s finest works of art, culture, and history and must not be forgotten or overlooked on a visit to the city. However, the multitude of museums in Madrid might be overwhelming to choose from especially if only in Madrid for a short period of time, so below I leave you with a sneak peek and take you on a Madrid museum tour of a few of the most memorable museums and must see exhibitions within them. Let’s begin!
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Museo Reina Sofia also known as the Queen Sofia Museum is a true gem. Located just blocks away from Madrid’s famous and sprawling Retiro Park, the museum is home to one of Spain’s finest collections of 20th century art. Some of Spain’s most famous artists of the early 20th century such as Salvador Dalí, Juan Miro, and Pablo Picasso line the exhibits of the Reina Sofía as well as more contemporary artists such as Spanish painter Ángela Garcia Codoñer.
As I write this article, I remember my visit to the museum during my abroad stay in Madrid, as my classmates and I toured its collections with our Spanish history and politics professor. While roaming the museum’s open gallery rooms and hallways, we became entrenched in the themes of several Spanish artistic movements such as post-impressionism , surrealism, and cubism that were inspired from social conflicts that affected the Iberian peninsula such as the Spanish Civil War World War II.
P.S- By reserving your tickets online, you can save 2€ by paying 8€ instead of the 10€ for sale upon entry into the museum. For a complete information and visiting guide,click here.
Museo Arqueológico de Madrid
The Madrid Archeology Museum is home to one of the world’s most famous antique collections. Upon arriving at the museum, one is immediately greeted by the neatly organized columns and arches very typical of neoclassical architecture as well as the detailed artwork that lines its facade. The building was designed by Spanish architect Francisco Jareño in the 19th century. The architecture is just one reason to visit this gem of a museum located in the heart of Madrid’s trendy and hip Salamanca district.
The open galleries of the museum allow one to be immersed and travel through time discovering cultural artifacts of the Iberian peninsula and the Mediterranean from the prehistoric times to classical times and their civilizations such as Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Middle Ages, and through the modern era. The museum has three primary floors with exhibitions well organized throughout them according to time period. Entry into the museum is 3€ but admission is free before 2PM on Saturdays and Sunday mornings.