Museums are among the best places in Madrid to experience the city’s love for history, art, and culture. Not only can art lovers find an extensive collection of paintings by renowned artists like Goya, Dali, and Velázquez, there are plenty of unique museums with family-friendly activities and workshops tailored for young visitors.

    Madrid is known for its Art Triangle, which comprises the iconic Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia. You can save time and money by getting the Paseo del Arte pass which gives you a 20% discount on entrance fees to all 3 museums. In this guide, we’ve included equally impressive museums that are not to be missed during your museum-hopping excursion.


    Museo del Prado

    See Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas painting

    Museo del Prado is one of the 3 art museums in Madrid’s Paseo del Prado avenue. Open daily from 10am to 8pm, it occupies a neo-classical building and displays European artwork dating back to between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Spanish Royal Art Collection is also on display here, which comprises masterpieces by El Greco, Murillo, Zurbarán, and Diego Velázquez. Entrance to Museo del Prado costs €15, with free admission available on Sunday between 5pm and 7pm, and from Monday to Saturday between 6pm and 8pm.

    Location: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Monday - Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm

    Phone: +34 913 302 800

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    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    Check out Pablo Picasso's "Harlequin with a Mirror"

    Museo Thyssen Museum is known for its permanent collection of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist masterpieces by Dali, Van Gogh, and Monet. Over 750 paintings in the museum were collected by Baron Hans-Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza back in the 1920s. The permanent collection is available for public viewing every Monday from 12pm to 4pm and from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am to 7pm. There’s a gift shop selling books, sunglasses, and bags with designs inspired by the museum’s collection.

    Location: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado 8, Madrid, Spain

    Open: Monday from 12pm to 4pm, Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 7pm

    Phone: +34 902 760 511

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    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Learn more about the museum's collection with an audio guide

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía attracts art lovers with its extensive collection of contemporary paintings by the likes of Picasso, Dali, and Miró. It’s highly regarded as one of Madrid’s most important museums, and is just a 10-minute walk from Museo del Prado. Over 22,400 artworks are displayed in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, with its star attraction being Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. You can also see more than 100 masterpieces by Salvador Dali.

    Location: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Calle de Santa Isabel 52, Madrid, Spain

    Open: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +34 917 741 000

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    Museo del Romanticismo

    Enjoy coffee and pastries at Café del Jardín

    Museo del Romanticismo is where you can find over 16,000 artefacts, paintings, and furnishings dating back to between 1833 and 1868. The museum occupies the 18th-century palace of the Marquis of Matallana in San Mateo. Masterpieces by Goya, Madrazo, Alenza, and Esquivel are on display, as well as porcelain dolls, pianos, and ornate silverware from Spain’s Romantic period. Admission costs about €3, but you can enter the museum for free every Saturday from 2.30pm and Sunday for the entire day.

    Location: Museo del Romanticismo, C/ San Mateo, 13, 28004, Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday - Saturday from 9.30am to 8.30pm and Sunday from 10.00am to 3.00pm (Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 10.00am to 3.00pm in November - April)

    Phone: +34 914 481 045

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    Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

    See the replica of a diplodocus at one of Madrid's oldest museums

    Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales dates back to the late-18th century, when King Carlos III established it as the Royal Cabinet of Natural History. Today, the museum features permanent and temporary exhibits on archaeology, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, volcanology, and geology. One of its most visited exhibits is the replica of a Diplodocus carnegii, which was donated to King Alfonso XIII in 1913. Entrance tickets to the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales cost about €7.

    Location: Calle José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10am to 8pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 914 111 328

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    Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

    Join the 60-minute guided tour of Spanish decorative art

    Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas displays over 70,000 furnishings, tapestries, and decorative art pieces dating back as far as 400BC. Prominent items here include antique dollhouses, ceramics from Talavera and Teruel, and an Oriental Arts collection which displays porcelains from China’s Ming and Qing dynasties. One of its most visited exhibits is the Valencian kitchen, which has over 1,600 painted tiles forming the image of an 18th-century domestic setting. Entrance costs around €3, but you in for free every Thursday afternoon, Saturday between 2pm and 3pm, and all day on Sunday.

    Location: Calle de Montalbán, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday - Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm, Thursday from 9.30am to 3pm and from 5pm to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +34 915 326 499

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    Museo Sorolla

    See Valencian ceramics at the Andalusian Courtyard

    Museo Sorolla occupies the home of neo-Impressionist artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, who’s known as the ‘painter of light’. Established in 1932, it has 3 naturally-lit studios displaying his original work utensils and over 200 paintings of gardens, beaches, and portraits. You can also see many authentic furnishings, decorative arts, and clothes within the museum, giving you a glimpse into the artist’s life. Museo Sorolla is surrounded by 3 tranquil gardens, one of which features a pergola for visitors to relax in during their visit.

    Location: Museo Sorolla, Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37, Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday - Saturday from 9.30am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 913 101 584

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    Museo Lázaro Galdiano

    Check out Goya's "Witches' Sabbath"

    Museo Lázaro Galdiano features over 12,000 paintings and artefacts accumulated by renowned collector José Lázaro Galdiano. The museum occupies his former mansion in Madrid’s Salamanca area. Tickets to Museo Lázaro Galdiano cost around €6, but free admission is available every Sunday between 2pm and 3pm, as well as from Tuesday to Saturday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

    Location: Calle de Serrano, 122, 28006 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 915 616 084

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