If you are passionate about art and culture, you can't miss the main museums in the Spanish capital.

Madrid it is one of the most interesting destinations in the world for art and culture enthusiasts. Want proof of this? The city is home to some of the best museums in the world, with top-notch facilities, great collections, wonderful galleries and priceless collections.

The city brings together some of the most relevant artistic collections in the world and great cultural spaces that are concentrated, above all, in the central region. We can say that if you go to Madrid and not visit a museum, your visit to the capital will be practically incomplete. And there's no excuse: most of the city's museums offer free admission on certain days and at specific times, just access the official websites to be dazzled by great works "on the strip".

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Discover some of the Madrid's main museums.

Reina Sofia Museum

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Also considered one of the most famous museums in Madrid, the Reina Sofia allows the visitor to come face to face with some of the most important contemporary works in Spain.

Bringing together works by the great Spanish painters of the 20th century, such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, the building is divided into two wings: the first is dedicated to the permanent collection and the second to the temporary exhibitions. Each floor has its rare gem, but the piece that moves every visitor is Picasso's enormous and famous Guernica, which is more than seven meters wide.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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Imagine a museum capable of filling in the gaps – if that is even possible – in the collections of the Reina Sofia and the Prado Museum. THE Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum able to fulfill that role. In fact, the three museums together form what is known as Madrid's “Golden Art Triangle”.

During the 1990s, the city acquired a lot with more than 500 paintings by the art collector and baron Heinrich Freiherr Thyssen-Bornemisza. Other works were added to the collection and, currently, the permanent collection presents works that cover the history of European painting from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. The galleries are not to be missed, a real treat for art lovers.

Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014

National Archaeological Museum

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With the aim of rescuing Spain's past, the National Archaeological Museum  (MAN) was founded in 1867 by Isabel II. After a renovation of approximately six years, the museum was expanded and its facilities modernized.

Today, the impressive and rare collection offers a journey from prehistory to the 19th century. For the most part, it gathers the objects found in the Iberian Peninsula throughout history, as well as important Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts. Highlights include the 4th century BC Dame of Elche, the treasure crowns of Guarrazar, and the Statue of the priest Harsomtus-Em-Hat.

Calle de Serrano, 13, 28001

Cerralbo Museum

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The museum is located in a beautiful 19th century palace of Italian architecture that belonged to the Marquis of Cerralbo. Walking through the halls of the mansion and climbing the elegant stairs to the ballroom is already impressive, like a true journey back in time.

The architecture impresses from the beautiful rooms, the landscaped garden and the works of art, ranging from Spanish, French and Italian paintings, to the chandeliers suspended from the ceiling and the porcelain that decorates the entire house.

Calle Ventura Rodriguez, 17, 28008

Naval Museum

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THE Naval Museum It was created in 1972 and, after several renovations, was reopened in 1932, occupying the headquarters in the former Ministry of the Navy, in the heart of Paseo del Arte, which also houses the museums of the Triangle of Art in Madrid.

Despite not being as well known as the others, the Naval Museum usually surprised everyone. The space exhibits lead visitors through the maritime history of Spain. In chronological order, artifacts such as ancient coins, maps, books and weapons are displayed and recreate history from the 15th century to the present day.

Paseo del Prado, 5, 28014

Prado Museum

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Considered one of the most important museums in the world, the National Museum of the Prado has a permanent collection covering various styles, artists and periods. The museum houses a collection of European art from the 12th to the early 19th century. To give you an idea, among the most notable works are paintings by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya and El Greco.

In addition, there are also temporary exhibitions that never disappoint. Don't forget to set aside a few hours of your day to visit the museum, as it takes time to check out the entire collection and observe the works as they deserve – and the Prado is gigantic!

Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014

Madrid History Museum

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Located in an old building where the San Fernando Hospice used to be, the Madrid History Museum exhibits a collection of more than 6,000 objects related to the city. There are paintings, porcelain, photographs, sculptures, furniture and many other pieces that make up a very rich collection.

If you want to immerse yourself in the city's history and learn more about its culture and customs, a visit to the History Museum it's a real class. Nothing better for a traveler than being closer to the historical and everyday evolution of the place visited, right?

Calle de Fuencarral, 78, 28004

Museum of Romanticism

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THE Museum of Romanticism is another famous museum that you shouldn't miss in Madrid. Located in the former palace of Marquis of Matallana, built in 1776, features various art forms from the Spanish Romantic period such as paintings, decorative arts, furniture, stamps, drawings and photography.

A secret oasis in the middle of the city, the space garden is a unique corner with several colorful flower beds of different sizes and a beautiful circular fountain. The museum cafe is also charming and offers a wide variety of homemade sweets.

Calle de San Mateo, 13, 28004 Madrid, Spain

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