Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
Madrid has the privilege of being home to one of the best collections of private art in the world thanks to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. Opened in 1992, this museum came to complement the fantastic collection in the Museo del Prado.
The art collection of this museums is owned by the Thyssen family, a wealthy family of German businessmen.
In this museum, you can admire more than 1,000 works of art from different periods ranging from the 14th to the late 20th century, with special attention to the great European painters, such as Jan van Eyck, Rembrandt and Monet.
The location of the museum couldn’t be better, since it is very close to the Museo del Prado. These two museums, together with the Museo Reina Sofía, make up what is popularly known as the “Triángulo del Arte” (The Golden Triangle of Art).
-Price: Entry to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum costs €12.
-Free Entry: Mondays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
-Nearest Metro Station: Banco de España (line 2)
-Address: Paseo del Prado, 8
Free entry to National Archaeological Museum
If you are a history lover like us, you won’t want to miss this fantastic museum. Our country is located between Africa and Europe and its shores are washed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Given this strategic position, the Iberian Peninsula has been inhabited by countless civilizations: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc. All of them left their legacy, making Spain a true melting pot of cultures.
The 4 floors of the Museo Arqueológico Nacional offer an exciting journey through the history of Spain, from the Iberian civilization (prior to the arrival of the Romans) to the modern age. Of particular interest are the areas of the museum dedicated to the Muslim era and the Roman legacy in Spain.
Do not expect a depressingly boring museum. The National Archaeological Museum in Madrid offers a truly interactive experience. There are explanatory videos and replicas of objects that you can see up close, even touch them. Your children will love it!
Without a doubt, the crown jewel of this museum is “La Dama de Elche”, a funerary sculpture more than 2000 years old that belonged to the Iberian civilization. This mysterious sculpture, perfectly preserved, has become an icon of Spanish culture.
Another of the most-visited pieces in the museum is the “Tesoro de Guarrazar“, a collection of crowns and gold crosses adorned with sapphires, pearls and precious stones. This treasure belonged to the Visigoth Kings Recceswinth and Suintila (7th century) and was saved from pillage by the Muslims thanks to its being hidden by a Visigoth cleric.
MY LOCAL TIP! Don’t leave the museum without visiting the reproduction of the Altamira Cave. This cave is located in Cantabria (North Spain) and its cave paintings (ochre and charcoal images of handprints, bison, and horses) date back more than 35,000 years!
According to experts, Altamira cave paintings are amongst the best-preserved paintings worldwide. Of course, the original cave is much larger, but the reproduction of Madrid is astonishing and allows you to admire the most important paintings.
-Price: Entry to the museum costs €3.
-Free entry: Sat from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Nearest Metro Station: Colón (line 4)
-Address: Calle de Serrano, 13