As you may have grasped from my Love Letter to Madrid, this city holds a spot very dear to my heart. Not only because it happens to be the city where I was born and grew up but because it is simply amazing! And with that I don’t want to say it’s the best but it’s definitely one worth the visit.
With that in mind, and following the simple tips I gave you on how to get there, how to navigate the city, and accommodation options, today I’m going to tell you a couple museums and exhibitions you can visit for free, so whether you are on vacation or living in the city, you can spend those extra bucks on some fancy dinner, or simply, your next travel adventure.
One of the most renowned museums in Europe, El Prado showcases a exceptional general collection which includes pieces by both national and international artist such as Velazques, Goya, El Greco, Tizzano, to name a few. In addition to regular special collections. The best part is, that you can visit it for free (special collections excluded).
If you are under 18 years old, a student with a valid student ID (18-25 years old), you’re in luck! You can access freely the general collection. If you don’t fall into one of those two categories, don’t fret, you still have the chance to walk around this stunning gallery from Monday to Saturday 6 to 8 pm, Sundays and Holidays from 5 to 7 pm, and 19th November and International Museum Day the whole day.
Sundays and holidays: 10 am – 7 pm
On the other hand, the Museum of contemporary Art Reina Sofia, home to Picasso’s Guernica, among many other undescribable pieces, opens its doors to anyone who wants to visit its general collection from 7 to 9 pm Mondays, and Wednesday to Saturday. 1:30 to 7 pm Sundays, and free all day the following days: 18th and 29th April, 18th May, 12th October, and 6th December.
Besides that, it is free entry all day every day for anyone under 18, anyone over 65, or students with valid student ID (under 25 years old).
28012 MadridOpening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
Museo Nacional de Antropología
This adorable little ethnologic museum was the first of its kind to be founded in Spain. Innaugurated in April 1875 under the reign of Alfonso XII, it tries to present the visitors with a well rounded insight into the ways of life of different cultural and social regions around the world, highlighting not only the notable differences between them but also the oftenmals overlooked similarities, because after all we all are humans.
Free entry for anyone under 18, any national of or legal resident in one of the EU member states, or Iberoamerican countries with (A) a valid student ID, (B) over 65, (C) pensionists. The rest pay a minimal entry fee of 3 €. Entry to any temporary exhibition is free of charge to everyone.
You can take a Virtual Tour at the Museum HERE
Museo del Traje
For the fashion enthusiasts. This museum started as a man’s idea during the 1925 Historic Costume Exhibition, and has evolved into its permanent collection of more than 160000 pieces of clothing and documents throughout the best of the 20th century, under various names and institutions. It covers from the middle ages customs to pieces by contemporary Spanish high couture designers.
Free entry for anyone on Saturdays from 2:30 pm to closing time, and Sundays all day. Besides, it’ll be free any day and anytime for members and legal residents of any of the EU member states and the Iberoamerican countries with a valid student ID or older than 65.
Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2
28040 MadridOpening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 7 pm
(Thursdays in July & August open until 10:30 pm)
Sundays and Holidays: 10 am – 3 pm
Museo del Romanticismo
This quirky museum dedicated to the romantic period located in an eighteenth century house is worth a visit not only for the quality of its exhibitions, but also the series of regular special events they organise, such as series of thematic classical music concerts, workshops, and talks, among many other things.
Much like Museo del Traje, Museo del Romanticismo is free entry for anyone on Saturdays from 2 pm to closing time, and Sundays and Holidays all day. Besides, it’ll be free any day and anytime for members and legal residents of any of the EU member states and the Iberoamerican countries with a valid student ID or older than 65.
SUMMER TIME: 1st May – 31st October Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm Sundays and Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm
WINTER TIME: 1st November – 30th April Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm Sundays and Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm
Espacio Fundación Telefónica:
Big Bang Data – 14th to 24th May (4th Floor)
Jim Campbell. Ritmos de luz – 1st April to 28th June (3rd Floor)
La enciclopedia mecánica – 20th February to 28th June (2nd Floor)
Diversidad Amenazada – 13th March to 7th June (2nd Floor)
Luis González Palma – 11th June to 18th October 2015
Alberto Corazón – 15th July to 4th October 2015
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm