About Ines R
Lives in Madrid, Spain
Since Nov. 2008
25-34 year old female
I prefer to stay with the locals and get to know the places from the "inside"! :) In my experience, their tips are always really helpful, and it's so nice to come back to a home instead of a hotel after a whole day of exploring. I am a writer for TripAdvisor. Check out my guides below!
Art Museums, History Museums
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Art Museums
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Renowned as one of the world’s largest art galleries, the Prado Museum opened in 1819 and contains more than 9,000 works. Admission prices are rather high for Madrid, but the museum is well worth the price. Spain’s art history lives here - you will have the chance to enjoy masterpieces by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco and Rubens in the permanent collection, along with impressive temporary exhibitions featuring prestigious international artists.
Recently renovated and reopened to the public in 2013, the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid contains thousands of years' worth of Spanish history in its fascinating artefacts. Here you can find curious prehistoric objects, Greek pottery, Roman mosaics, Visigothic votive crowns, and the Dame of Elche - a famous Iberian sculpture. The museum is also the home of Egyptian mummies, Mesopotamian reliefs and a collection of three hundred thousand coins dating back as far as the 6th century BC.
This lesser-known museum contains a vast collection of Spanish 19th century life: paintings, furniture, dinner sets, dolls, drawings, fans, clothes and even photographs... At Museo del Romanticismo, you'll find yourself immersed in the daily life of balls, formal dinners, visits and gossiping.
Built on the foundations of a former royal palace, the Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns dates back to 1559 and is home to a vast collection of art, gathered by generations of nuns from aristocratic (even royal) families who made major donations to the convent when their daughters professed here. Don’t be fooled by the stark exterior - the staircase and vaulted ceiling leading up to the second floor are stunning, and the tapestry collection is not to be missed! Eighty percent of the convent is enclosed and out of bounds, which adds mystery to the visit (what treasures may hide in there?).
One of the richest art galleries in the world, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a private collection of paintings that was converted into a museum in 1992. Here you can enjoy almost 1,000 exquisite works by painters such as Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and more. Along with the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, this is part of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art.
The Museum of the Americas holds more than 25,000 pieces, including a vast collection of pre-Columbian objects (Incan and Mayan pottery and metal artefacts dating back to 10,000 BC), colonial art and ethnology. Its art and archaeological pieces come not only from Spanish American countries, but also Brazil, the U.S. and Canada.
Housed in the beautiful former home and studio of impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), the Sorolla Museum showcases many paintings by Sorolla himself (many of them featuring beautiful scenes of women and children at the beach), as well as other works he collected throughout his life, including pottery paintings and Rodin sculptures.
The Marquis of Cerralbo built this palace in the 19th century, as a gallery to showcase his collection of paintings and antiquities. The building is a work of art in itself: prepare to be awestruck by the succession of rooms and halls decorated with marble walls, silky curtains, crystal lamps and beautiful furniture. The ballroom, library, staircase and balustrade are all breathtaking too.
One of the three museums that make up the Golden Triangle of Art, the Reina Sofia is devoted to modern art. Famous 20th-century Spanish painters Picasso, Dalí and Miró are well represented here, the most famous of all its paintings being Picasso’s masterpiece, El Guernica. The museum also houses a fantastic collection of surrealism, cubism and expressionism by other painters, and frequently holds temporary exhibitions.
A great example of 18th-century Spanish baroque architecture, the basilica’s impressive vaulted ceiling is the third largest dome in the world. The Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande also houses a nice collection of fresco paintings (one of them by Goya) and a museum.
Located in Barrio de las Letras, the quarter where many famous authors lived during the Spanish Golden Age, this cozy museum is the former home of prolific playwright and poet Felix Lope de Vega (known for writing thousands of poems and hundreds of plays). The rooms of Casa de Lope de Vega have been furnished to recreate what the house must have looked like in the 17th century - here you’ll be transported to the Madrid of the Austrias and its baroque literature.