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Art & Culture: Lesser-Known Museums in Madrid

Art & Culture: Lesser-Known Museums in Madrid

Undiscovered museums, exhibitions and galleries in Madrid for culture-lovers looking to explore Spanish history through art



Madrid, Spain (March 14, 2023) – Madrid is known for its incredible museums with extensive artworks by some of Spain’s most influential artists like Picasso, Velazquez, El Greco, etc. While travelers plan to visit some of the Spanish capital’s best-known museum like the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, there are many more houses-turned museums and exhibitions worth visiting for anyone looking to delve further into Spanish culture.


Sorolla Museum

The Sorolla Museum, one of Madrid’s most important house-museums, is set in the former family home of Joaquin Sorolla, otherwise known as the “Master of Light” for his iridescent canvasses. One of the best-preserved house-museums of an artist in Europe, the Sorolla Museum successfully retained the home’s original atmosphere, while housing Sorolla’s largest collection of works. Situated in the Chamberi neighborhood, this family home is where Sorolla lived from 1911 until his death in 1923, when it was donated to the Spanish government by his widow with the conditions that it be turned into a museum to honor her late husband. In the museum, which opened ten years later, travelers will see the house’s original décor along with over 1,200 of Sorolla’s paintings and drawings, and the art pieces he collected throughout his lifetime including sculptures, ceramics, traditional clothes and jewelry, letters, and photographs.


Cerralbo Museum

Once home to the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, this mansion-turned-museum next to the Plaza de España showcases a stunning display of 19th century opulence. Visitors to this lesser known, yet influential museum are transported to the life of aristocracy through the Neo-Baroque and Rococo design elements that adorn the palace. The Marquis of Cerralbo donated his home to the Spanish nation in order to keep his collections together, resulting in the Cerralbo Museum, which is made up of over 50,000 objects of grandeur for travelers to gaze at, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, weapons, and much more.


Lázaro Galdiano Foundation Museum

Located in a stately mansion in the Salamanca neighborhood, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum houses an exquisite collection of 4,820 artworks, divided across four floors to enhance visitors’ experiences while they discover the museum’s masterpieces. This museum was once home to José Lázaro Galdiano, a clever businessman and renowned publisher with an abundant art collection and a great love for books. During his lifetime, Lázaro Galdiano was known for hosting literary gatherings, with some of Spain’s most influential writers like the prominent essayist, philosopher, and poet, Miguel de Unamuno. At this museum, visitors will find paintings by some of the most celebrated artists of their time including, Goya and El Greco.


Spanish Masterpieces from The Frick Collection

Until July 2023, Madrid’s Prado Museum welcomes New York’s iconic, The Frick Collection, and will house nine emblematic works by some of the country’s most influential artists: Velazquez, El Greco, Murillo and Goya. Henry Clay Frick was an American businessman who became one of the protagonists in the history of art collecting when he moved to New York in 1905 and built a neo-Renaissance palace on Fifth Avenue, which he filled with hundreds of masterpieces of European art from the Modern and Early Contemporary Ages. His home would later open its doors as a museum in 1935, housing Spanish gems like “The Expulsion of the Merchants from the Temple,” by El Greco.


Culture lovers have limitless museums and exhibitions to explore this year when visiting Madrid. From the classic visits to El Prado Museum and The Reina Sofia Museum, to the lesser-known artist homes like the Sorolla and Cerralbo museums, travelers will dive deep into Spanish history through art. For more information on these museums, and many more, please visit




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