Google will probably tell you that the Prado and the Reina Sofia Museum are the best museums to visit in Madrid. While they’re recommendable and the most-visited, you should make time to visit a few of these other museums if you’re in the city for several days.
Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Although it’s near other famous art museums, not many people know about this remarkable museum with an impressive private collection of over 1,000 works of art. Thyssen-Bornemisza is an underappreciated museum, but we know it’s one you won’t forget once you leave the city. The collection carries paintings from artists like Picasso, El Greco, Monet, and more.
Head down to the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum before or after a visit to Retiro Park or the Prado Museum.
Probably one of the most important museums in Madrid, head down to the Cerralbo Museum to see how the rich lived centuries ago. It’s all pretty lavish. The mansion became the headquarters for art collected by Marquis of Cerralbo and his family during their trips throughout Spain and Europe.
After a visit to the museum, head across the street to watch the sunset behind the Temple of Debod. It’ll be crowded, so go a little early to grab a nice spot!
This Mahou-brewery-turned art museum in the center of the city is a hidden gem for visitors and locals since the 19th century. The museum is made up of two large exhibit halls, and contains some of the most innovative pieces of art and interactive activities.
After your visit, explore the Conde Duque Cultural Center, only a street away. This cultural space is dedicated to culture with several exhibition halls, an auditorium, and a theatre, where various arts performances are regularly held. It is also home to the Archivo de la Villa, the Historical Library, the Municipal Library, and the Biblioteca Digital Memorial of Madrid.
This can’t-miss attraction is a palace hidden in plain sight, on Calle Princesa. This palace is one of the most important buildings in Madrid for its extensive private art collection and history — you may hear it called “the younger brother of the Royal Palace.” It’s even the current residence of the Duke of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart.
Good news! Guided tours were added recently, so you can get the most out of your visit. Book it online. Don’t be surprised if you see portraits painted by artists like Titian, Anton Raphael Mengs, Francisco Goya, Federico de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla, and Daniel Vázquez Díaz.
For those still interested in visiting the Prado Museum, you may want to consider Buzziler’s Prado Museum Art History Tour. Your guide, Jaime, will show you a special selection of masterpieces while explaining the historic details, meaning, and details of each painting. You’ll gain a fuller perspective on the art, and of Spanish history.
If the multitude of museums feels overwhelming, contact us and can organize a private tour curated to your specific interests.