Even though Madrid has a modern infrastructure, a lot of historic buildings and works of art are preserved as a part of rich culture of this city. Today these represent the symbol of city’s history and cultural life that had been influenced by various epochs.
If you are fond of culture, you will be amazed by the large number of museums in Madrid. The first thing you should do when you arrive to the city is to find apartments in Madrid for short term. After you have found the apartment and after you have left your luggage there, you are ready to start exploring Madrid museums.
These are some of the best museums to visit in Madrid:
Prado Museum has some of the finest works of European art, dating between 12th and 19th century. The collection is based on former Spanish Royal Collection, and it has thousands of painting, as well as sculptures, drawing and prints. This is one of the most visited museums of the world as it has one of the largest collections.
The Reina Sofia Museum is the Spanish national museum with works from 20th century. The museum features mainly Spanish art, with works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, etc. This museum also has library that specializes in art with over 100 thousand books in their collections.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum features the works from the second half of the 20th century with over 1600 paintings. The collection includes impressionists, expressionists, as well as European and American paintings. The collection is mainly based on large private collections.
These three museums are all located along the Paseo del Prado and comprise so called Golden Triangle of Art. These three are the most famous and the most visited in Madrid, since they feature the largest collections with works by some of the most important and most influential authors in the world.
However, Madrid has a lot of other museums, such as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando with a collection of paintings from 15th to 20th century. The Royal Palace of Madrid features artworks with rich collection of weapons, silverware, paintings and other works influenced by baroque.
The National Archaeological Museum contains objects from various different eras, starting from pre-historic, Iberian, antique and medieval period. The Museum of the Americas is a museum that holds artistic, archaeological and ethnographic object collected from the American continent. The objects are displayed in the form of permanent exhibit divided into five thematic areas. The National Museum of Natural Science includes objects and materials from several research departments of the museum.
The list does not end here, as there are many more museums in Madrid, but these are certainly some of the most important museums you should visit during your short-term visit. The collections represent vast time period of culture and history, which will help you learn and understand about the past epochs that permanently left their trace in the works of art.