Your Cultural Guide To Madrid

Madrid, my home town. Much more than sunny terraces and good food. Madrid is a city full of culture and history. If you have a passion for art, literature, architecture… You have to visit Madrid. This city is, in itself, a cultural centre; full of passion and life. In fact, if you google ‘Museums Madrid´ a dozen of results come up!

Don’t know where to start? We have put together a list of the most famous and relevant museums to get you started in your exploration of the cultural Madrid.

  • Museo del Prado: Considered one of the best museums in the world and the main national art museum in Spain. It contains one of the world’s greatest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It is located in the heart of the city, Paseo Del Prado, surrounded by many other cultural spots.
  • Museo Reina Sofía: Next to the central train station, Atocha, we can find the modern art museum of the city with 20th-century art. It opened in 1992, and was named after Queen Sofía.
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Another art gem located in Paseo Del Prado. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills the historical gaps in the other two museums, offering a wide range of English, Dutch, German, Impressionist and expressionist art, amongst others.
  • Museo Arqueológico Nacional: Next to Plaza de Colón is based the most important archaeological museum in the city. Its collection is based on pieces from the Iberian Peninsula, from Prehistory to Early-Modern Age, but also displays some interesting pieces from Ancient Greece and Egypt.
  • Matadero Madrid: This former slaughterhouse in Paseo de la Chopera has been converted into an arts centre. Matadero Madrid is constantly changing exhibitions and hosting workshops and cultural events.
  • Museo del Romanticismo: An art museum based in a late eighteenth-century building that presents its exhibition in the context of a historic house with a dining room, billiard room and so on. You can find this building in Calle de San Mateo, near Alonso Martinez station.
  • Palacio Real: The Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest Royal Palace in Europe with 3,418 rooms. It is located in the heart of Madrid in Catedral de la Almudena.

Check out here all the main touristic spots in Madrid for a full guide to the city. 

We have also made a video of one of our express stays in Madrid – Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions at all about what to see or do in Madrid.

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