Exploring Madrid: The Lesser-known Museums Blog Post

Museums.  Madrid is full of them.  The big names of Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisz dominate the ´Must do in Madrid´ lists.  Although they are part of the history and spirit of the city, there are other museums that offer a glimpse into its historic past.  Today we are looking at some of the lesser-known museums in Madrid to fill your weekends with.

What better way to get to know the city than going to the Madrid History Museum.  Conveniently located in front of the Tribunal metro station, this former hospice has a large collection of paintings, maps, scale models, sculptures, and more within its walls.  See the history of the city from when it was made the capital of Spain in 1561.  Get a glimpse of what Madrid was like centuries ago by walking through these Baroque halls.  The building itself was designed by Pedro de Ribera, the same architect that built the Toledo Bridge that crosses the Madrid River.  Be sure to see León Gil de Palacio´s 1830 scale model of the city.  Check their site for days and times for free entry.

Another lesser-known jewel of Madrid is the Cerralbo Museum.   Located on a quaint street corner near Plaza de España, this historic house transports its visitors to another century.  Within its stately walls are paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, weapons, and more that were collected by the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo.   Marvel at the grand marble staircase when you walk in while you take an afternoon to admire the once private collection of the Spanish nobility.  The Cerralbo Museum also offers free entry at specific times.   Check their site for more information.

Tucked away between the Alonso Martinez and Tribunal metro stations you will find the Museum of Romanticism.  Once a former palace of the Marquis of Matallana, this historic house has opulence few can rival.  Mainly paintings and furniture, this museum gives insight to Madrid in the 19th century.  Keep your eyes open for works by Goya and other famous Spanish artists.  This museum also has free entry for visitors on specific days and times.

The next time you want to see some of the sites of Madrid, consider some of the other options the city has to offer.  Whether it is a rainy afternoon, or a sunny day, you can enjoy these lesser-known, but equally enjoyable, museums.  Look at pretty things, learn Spanish and discover more about Madrid during your stay here.

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