Museums in Madrid
If you are planning to learn Spanish in Spain, you need to know a few things about the museums in Madrid
When people think of museums in Madrid, they usually think of the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’, which consists of these three world-famous art museums:
El Prado is one of the most important art museums in the world and contains some of the finest examples of European art, with many works from the 12th to the 19th century artists such as Goya, Titian and Velázquez. The Reina Sofía is concerned mainly with 20th century Spanish artists, including Picasso (his Guernica being a particular highlight), Dali and Miró. The building used to be an 18th century hospital and Reina Sofia has a free library specializing in art, with a collection of over 100,000 books. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills in what the other two are missing; it contains a large amount of paintings from England, America and Germany (especially those from the second half of the 20th century) and also has many works from European and American impressionist and expressionist artists.
Some of the many other cultural attractions include:
- Madrid’s oldest building, the Temple of Debod (200 B.C.), which was rebuilt in Madrid in 1972 as a gift from Egypt.
- Museo de América, which has a collection of over 25,000 artefacts, mostly from South and Central America ranging from the Palaeolithic era to present day.
- The Palacio Real is one of Spain’s most beautiful buildings and is open to the public almost all year round (but not during official ceremonies) and only certain areas are accessible.
- The museo naval of Madrid is a great visit for those of a more aquatic persuasion. As well as showing the history of the Spanish Navy it also contains the earliest preserved map of the Americas.
- Last but not least is the Museo Nacional Arqueológico of Spain, which contains many historical items from (among others) pre-history, Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Celtic civilisations.
If you are planning on coming to Madrid, why not take full advantage of the experience and sign up for Spanish classes? You can find detailed descriptions on all of LAE Madrid’s courses here.