Municipal Museums of Madrid

8 de November de 2019 

When visiting a city, people have a variety of activities to do like recreation, gastronomy, shopping, among others. One of the main touristic activities which can be enjoyed in Madrid  is to meet its culture and art. 

In this regard, museums are a fundamental part of the city because they offer the possibility of showing not only the history but also the culture of a place. In them, historical elements, cultural heritage, famous artistic work and many others are preserved. Fortunately for tourists, in Madrid there are diverse municipal museums, all available for people’s visits.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

The Contemporary Art museum is located in the historic quarters of Conde Duque. It is formed by two big rooms in which part of the modern art collection is exhibited. Ayuntamiento de Madrid owns this collection. El Despacho de Ramón Gómez de la Serna is one of the main backgrounds shown.

The collection of the place is formed mainly by paintings and graphic works. To a lesser degree, sculpure, drawing and photography are also present. The  instructions of the artistic work are Form and Gesture, Image, Figure and Reality, Unity and Multiplicity and Madrid’s movement. Each of these categories is divided according to the type of techniques mentioned previously. The work travels through the art history, from the first vanguards to the present time.

El Despacho del escritor Ramón Gómez de la Serna is one of the main attractions of the museum. It is about its own reconstruction, with daily and artistic images, together with classic objects of Ramón which form the complete collection.

The entrance to the museum is free. It is available from Tuesdays to Sundays in different schedules and it remains closed on Mondays.

Museo de Escultura de la Castellana

El Museo de Escultura de la Castellana has a peculiar characteristic: it is outdoors in a public space. In this way, access is completely free for everybody. It is below the high pass of Juan Bravo y Eduardo Dato streets and it has abstract sculptures.

The museum could become an urban space in a resting zone and to attract the general public towards abstract art. It opened its doors for the first time in 1972 and it has a surface of 4200 square metres. Because of its uneven terrain, sculptures are divided into three levels which go   down as the terrain advances.

Two generations of Spanish vanguardist artists are shown in this museum. Chronologically speaking, the first one is called “historic vanguard”with artists from the 20s and 30s, like Joan Miró, Alberto Sánchez and Julio Gonzales. The second collection belongs to the generation of the 50s. La Sirena Varada, by Eduardo Chilllida, is one of the most important works of art in this exhibition.

The urban ecosystem, formed by the bridge, the pedestrian strolls, among others form a heterogeneous system with the sculptures, in which everything is related. This is the result of the work of the engineers José Antonio Fernández Ordoñez and Julio Martínez Calzón, together with the artist Eusebio Sempere.

Museo de Historia

The History Museum is in charge of showing the evolution of Madrid, through a vision of daily life, the art, the industry and the customs. The exhibition comprises the time since the city was chosen as the capital of Spain in 1561.

The museum is located in the ancient Hospicio de San Fernando, one of the main buildings of baroque style. It received a complete renovation which was finished in 2014 and opened its doors with more than 60.000 exhibited objects. In the collection, paintings models, drawings, photographs, stamps, scultures, furniture, coins, medals among others.

Some of the most outstanding art works are “Alegoría de la Villa de Madrid” by Francisco de Goya, “Virgen con San Fernando” by Luca Giordano, “Maqueta de Madrid” by León Gil de Palacio. In addition, there is the Colleción de Porcelana del Buen Retiro and the historical cartography collection.

As an extra condiment, there is the cultural space La Capilla de Museo de Historia. The entrance is free from Tuesdays and Sundays from 10 to 20, while on Mondays, the museum is closed.  For more information, you can contact the place by phone.

Museo de San Isidro

This museum is located in the touristic zone La Latina, more precisely in Plaza San Andrés. It receives its name due to the pattern of Madrid, because the museum is found in the house where San Isidro lived. The exhibition is focused on the history of the city, from prehistoric times to the settlement of the Court. 

The artistic work is shown in about 600 square metres and they travel through more than 500 thousand years of Madrid history. The objects go back to paleolithic and neolithic times, advancing towards the Metal age and the Roman remains, and arriving at the foundation of Madrid by the Islam, development after the conquest of 1085 and the advancements towards the 16th century.

There is a division in three stages so that it is easier to understand the exhibition. The first one is “Antes de Madrid” which includes prehistoric remains, together with romans and visigoths. The second one is called “Maryt/Madrid” and it comprises the foundation of the city by the Muslims and their arrival to the court with Felipe II. The third one is “San Isidro” and, as its name suggests, it is centred on Madrid’s Saint and the costums of his time.

Similar to most museums, the entrance is free during Tuesdays and Sundays from 10 to 19. On Mondays, the place is closed. There is a website and an electronic address for doubts.


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