10 Best Museums You Will Ever Lay Your Eyes On in Madrid

Simply put, Madrid is one of the world’s foremost destinations for culture. And the most compelling reason? Its many world-class museums no doubt! In fact, no visit to Madrid is complete without taking in some of the world’s best art and history museums with their extensive collections, wide galleries and top-notch facilities.

Though a number of the city’s museums are concentrated near Atocha train station (like Madrid’s three heavy hitters the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum), you can find many truly exceptional museums throughout the city, such as the Costume Museum, the Cerralbo Museum and the Museum of the Americas in residential Moncloa, the Train Museum and Madrid Planetarium on the city’s south side, as well as the delightful National Museum of Romanticism in Chueca, the Royal Palace on what used to be the western edge of the city and many others.

Madrid is an unbeatable destination for breathtaking art, majestic palaces and interesting artifacts. There is no reason not to visit as many museums as you fancy either, as most of the city’s museums offer free entrance on certain days or at certain times. Check the museums’ websites for more information on getting free entrance. 



At Madrid's Planetarium you can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about astronomy. The well-equipped planetarium has a 28 meter tall observation tower as well as several exhibition and projection rooms where you can observe...  Read More



A relative newcomer to Madrid's scene, the Clothing Museum opened in 2004. It's a real treat for anyone interested in dressmaking, tailoring and clothing through the ages. The chronologically arranged collection spans over 160,000 garments, the...  Read More

Museo Cerralbo


The 17th Marquis of Cerralbo's home was so beautiful inside and out that, after his death, it was named a museum. The 19th century palace of Italian architecture will take your breath away as you wander through the exquisite halls and...  Read More

Embajadores & Delicias


The location couldn't be more perfect or poignant for this railway museum, set in the disused Delicias train station with its air of faded elegance and a bygone age. The station opened in 1880, but closed down less than 100 years later in 1969,...  Read More

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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Named after Spain's current queen and housed in a former 18th century hospital, the Reina Sofia Museum features an impressive collection of 20th century and contemporary art with an emphasis on Spanish artists. It completes Madrid's well-known...  Read More



The Museum of the Americas holds a wealth of archeological, artistic and ethnographic artifacts from different cultures on the American continent from prehistory up to now. The museum is divided into five areas emphasizing the discovery and...  Read More

National Museum of Romanticism


Madrid's National Museum of Romanticism wonderfully recreates the era of Spanish Romanticism (from 1814 to 1868), an intense cultural and intellectual movement that ushered in the modern age, with a collection of beautiful furniture, paintings...  Read More



With its beautiful Baroque exterior of white stone and opulent interiors designed to impress all who enter, Madrid's Royal Palace is a must see. Madrid's monarchs resided there from Charles III in the 18th century until Alfonso XIII in the early...  Read More

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
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Along with the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum forms what is known as the Golden Triangle of Art – Madrid's tour de force in the art world. Housed in Villahermosa Palace, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum...  Read More

Museo del Prado
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One of the world's most celebrated museums, Madrid's Prado Museum is an extensive first-class art gallery containing 16th to 19th century European art. The emphasis is naturally on Spanish art as the Prado's collection was originally composed of...  Read More


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Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah