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Other museums in Madrid

Besides the three large museums in Madrid, Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum y Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid offers other interesting art collections of a different kind. We will list some of the other fine museums in Madrid. However, the list of Madrid museums is certainly longer than the one presented.

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Madrid National Archeological Museum
National Mint Museum
Cerralbo Museum
Wax Museum
San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum
Railway Museum
National Anthropology Museum
National Museum of Natural Sciences
Naval Museum
Sorolla Museum

National Archeological Museum
National Mint Museum, Madrid
Cerralbo Museum gardens
San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum
National Anthropology Museum
Sorolla Museum gardens
National Archeological Museum [more info]

The Lady of Elche, National Archeological MuseumThe National Archeological Museum, founded in 1867 by Isabella II, recounts the history of man through archaeological, ethnographic and numismatic materials and decorative arts. The neoclassical building (Serrano 13) holds interesting prehistoric, Middle Eastern, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Middle Age and Modern collections. One of the most highlighted works is the Lady of Elche. The museum also exhibits a variety of numismatic collections and an interesting partial reproduction of the cave of Altamira in the polychromes room.

National Mint Museum [more info]

Its origins are based in the 18th century and are united with the figure of Tomas Francisco Prieto, General Engraver of the Mint of King Charles III of Spain. It has 17 rooms that recount the history of Spanish money (currencies, bills, stamp paper, lotteries, and seals) from the 8th century to the present time. In its large rooms machinery and instruments used in production of the currency and stamps are also on display.

Cerralbo Museum [more info]

Guido Reni´s painting, Cerralbo MuseumThe Cerralbo Museum was created by Don Enrique de Aguilera and Gamboa (17th Marquee of Cerralbo) in the 19th century. In this palace one can observe the works of 177 artists from different ages and trends. The collection of art, composed of more than 50,000 pieces, was the biggest private collection of its time. It contains a variety of art objects including drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, currencies, antiques, clocks, weapons, armor, archaeological objects... The Cerralbo House Museum shows the visitor a view of the everyday life in Madrid until end of the 19th century: the literary gatherings, the dances, etc.

Wax Museum [more info]

The Wax Museum presents a reflection of the contemporary world with an amusing walk among the most famous personalities of our history. The space dedicated to crime and horror is quite interesting; the famous “Andalucía Express” grabs the attention of the visitor. Filmmakers have created a dozen scenes in the museum, ranging from the “Last Supper” to a bullring.

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum [more info]

Bullfighting of Goya, San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum The permanent collection of the museum displays master works of Spanish, Italian and Flamenco art. Some of the most well-known names of the collection are Goya, Zurbaran, Rubens, Pereda and Sorolla. A total of 59 rooms hold more than 1,400 paintings, 600 sculptures and 15,000 drawings. The collection is complemented with tapestries, silverware, ceramics, porcelain, clocks, furniture and other objects.

Railway Museum [more info]

The Railway Museum has been located since 1984 at Delicias Station, the oldest in Madrid. This station was inaugurated in 1880 by Alfonso XII and is one of the most important “iron architecture” examples of the 19th century. The Railway Museum holds some of the best collections of Europe’s historical locomotives and passengers cars, which allows one to observe and understand the evolution of transportation in Spain

National Anthropology Museum [more info]

Inaugurated towards the end of the 19th century by Alfonso XII, the National Anthropology Museum was the first anthropology museum created in Spain. The museum displays the cultural diversity of the world through a selection of pieces from different towns of the five continents.

National Museum of Natural Sciences [more info]

The museum’s collection exhibits thousands of minerals, plants and animals from all the continents. Its collection includes not only utensils and weapons of diverse cultures and ages, but sculptures, pictures, miniatures, drawings and various porcelain, crystal and precious material objects as well. Its objective is to promote the knowledge of the natural world. The building that houses the museum was constructed by Fernando de la Torriente in 1881 and was one of the first buildings where iron and crystal were used.

Naval Museum [more info]

The exhibit rooms of the Naval Museum, ordered chronologically from the 15th century to present time, contain a wide array of historical objects related to naval activity. The museum recounts Spanish naval history and gives a general overview of the navies of other countries. The museum also shows various materials collected by Spanish sailors on their trips, such as objects and artwork illustrating the shipbuilding process.

Sorolla Museum [more info]

Swimmers in Jávea, The House Museum of painter Joaquín SorollaThe House Museum of painter Joaquín Sorolla was built between 1910 and 1911. The building surrounds a garden designed by the painter himself. The museum holds a rich artistic legacy of Sorolla with his paintings, drawings and sculptures. The collection is accompanied with artistic objects collected by Sorolla as well: Jewelry, ceramics and samples of the typical furniture from a middle-class home of the 20th century.

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