10 Museums in Spain for any taste

 

Let’s dispel any false myths… Going to museums, at least in Spain, can be fun, interesting and even thrilling. We’ve put together a list of 10 museums we suggest visiting on your trip.


 

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Prado Museum (Madrid)


One of the greatest museums in the world...

This gallery in Madrid has the most complete collection of Spanish painting from 11th-18th centuries, and numerous masterpieces by great universal artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Bosch, Titian, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.

The quality and variety of its collection makes the Prado one of the world's best-endowed museums. It combines a first-class collection of Spanish painting, the most important works of the Flemish and Italian schools, and various fine examples of the German, French and English schools. It is home to numerous masterpieces of universal art such as Las Meninas by Velázquez, the two Majas by Goya, Nobleman with his hand on his chest by El Greco, the Garden of Delights by Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens, among other priceless pieces. Although the museum was created to house primarily works of painting and sculpture, it also contains major collections of drawings, engravings, coins and medals, as well as items of clothing and decorative art. The museum's exhibition area was increased by more than 50% in 2007 with the extension designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The new area includes four rooms for temporary exhibitions, the restored cloister of the church of Los Jerónimos, a large entrance hall, an auditorium seating 438 people, as well as various storage facilities and workshops for the restoration of artworks. Elements worth noting on the exterior include the impressive bronze doors by Cristina Iglesias and the Tuscan box gardens.


Schedule

  • From Monday to Saturday From 10:00 to 20:00

  • Public holidays and Sunday From 10:00 to 19:00
  • Jan 06 From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Dec 24 From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Dec 31 From 10:00 to 14:00

Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.

Prices

  • General: €14
  • Reduced: €7
  • Groups: €14
  • Students: Admission free


Services

Audio guide, Cafe, Conference room, Facilities for babies, Guided tours, Left items and cloakroom service, Shop

Contact details

Paseo del Prado, s/n
28014  Madrid  (Madrid)
[email protected]
www.museodelprado.es/en/
Tel.:+34 902107077
Tel.:+34 913302800
Fax.:+34 913302856

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: MADRID
  • Province/Island: MADRID
Madrid
 

 


Reina Sofía National Art Centre (Madrid)


An original setting

The Reina Sofía National Art Centre opened its doors to the public in 1990 with a major collection of Spanish and international art covering the period between the late 19th century to the present day. Two years later Pablo Picasso's Guernica was installed, a key work that plays a fundamental role in the museum's discourse and activities.

Located in an old hospital building dating from the late 18th century by the architect Francesco Sabatini, the growth of its collection created a need for an extension, and 2005 saw the inauguration of a new building designed by Jean Nouvel. The 18,000 items in the museum's collection have in recent years been rearranged to create an itinerary that explores its most distinctive features, such as Surrealism, the pavilion of the 1937 Republic, and Spanish Informalism of the 1950s in an international context. It currently revolves around three major sections: '1900-1945: The irruption of the 20th century. Utopias and conflicts', '1945-1968: is the war over? Art in a divided world', and '1962-1982: From revolt to post-modernity'. The Reina Sofía is also a space for research, experimentation and reflection, and offers a wide programme of temporary exhibitions and public activities.


Schedule

  • Monday From 10:00 to 21:00

  • From Wednesday to Saturday From 10:00 to 21:00

  • Sunday From 10:00 to 19:00

  • Closing days: Tuesday


Prices

  • General: €8
  • Reduced: €4


Services

Audio guide, Cafe, Disabled facilities, Guided tours, Left items and cloakroom service, Shop

Contact details

Calle Santa Isabel 52
28012 Madrid (Madrid)
[email protected]
www.museoreinasofia.es/en
Tel.:+34 917741000
Fax.:+ 34 917741056

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: MADRID
  • Province/Island: MADRID
Madrid
 

 


Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)


A symbol of Bilbao

Designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, this avant-garde building is a magnificent place to display masterpieces of modern and contemporary art.

Since its opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Bilbao and Puppy - a floral sculpture of a dog by Jeff Koons, located outside the museum - have become the most internationally-known symbols of Bilbao. They form part of the collection of works by great figures in the world of art: David Salle, Chillida, Jeff Koons, Louis Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few examples. The Guggenheim also offers a series of activities for visitors who wish to broaden their knowledge of art.


Schedule

  • From Sep 19 to Jun 30: Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 20:00 - Closing days: Monday
  • From Jul 01 to Sep 18: Monday to Sunday From 10:00 to 20:00 - Closing days: Tuesday

 

Prices

  • General: €13
  • Reduced: €7.5
  • Children: Admission free


Services

Audio guide, Cafe, Disabled facilities, Guided tours, Left items and cloakroom service, Shop

Contact details

Avenida Abandoibarra 2
48001 Bilbao, Vizcaya - Bizkaia (Basque Country)
[email protected]
www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/
Tel.:+34 944359080

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: BASQUE COUNTRY
  • Province/Island: VIZCAVA - BIZKAIA
Bizkaia
 

 


Dalí Theatre-Museum (Figueres)


A treasure of Surrealism

This museum evokes the life and work of Salvador Dalí, a genius of Surrealism.

The Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, described as “the world's largest Surrealist object”, showcases all the various aspects of Dalí's art. It includes some of the painter’s greatest masterpieces as well as pieces which range from his first artistic creations through to his last works. A visit to the museum is a real experience, a journey into the unique, captivating world of Salvador Dalí.



Schedule

  • From Nov 01 to Feb 29:  10:30 to 18:00
  • From Mar 01 to Jun 30:  09:30 to 18:00
  • From Jul 01 to Sep 30:  09:00 to 20:00
  • From Oct 01 to Oct 30:  09:30 to 18:00 (Closing days: Monday)

 

Prices

  • General: €14
  • Retired persons: €10
  • Students: €10
  • Groups: €9
  • Children: Admission free


Services

Guided tours, Shop

Contact details

Plaza de Gala y Salvador Dalí 5
17600  Figueres, Girona  (Catalonia)
[email protected]
www.salvador-dali.org/en_index/
Tel.:+34 972677500
Fax.:+34 972501666

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: CATALONIA
  • Province/Island: GIRONA
Girona
  

City of Arts and Sciences complex (Valencia)

 

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is one of the largest scientific and cultural complexes in Europe. It is made up of impressive buildings such as the Hemisfèric and Oceanogràfic, and stands out because of its avant-garde architecture, designed by renowned architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is situated in a two-kilometre-long area on the old Turia River bed. It is made up of six large elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX Cinema and digital films) the Umbracle (landscaped vantage point), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative interactive science centre), the Oceanogràfic (Europe's largest aquarium with over 500 marine species), the Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts (dedicated to opera), and the Ágora (a multipurpose space in which concerts and many activities take place). The different centres here organise conferences, exhibitions, projections, guided tours and workshops related to science, technology, nature and art, designed to stimulate curiosity and learning with different types of audiences.



Schedule

Check the website for information on opening times.

 

Prices

Check the website for information on prices.


Services

Check the website for information on services.

Contact details

Avda. Autopista del Saler, n. 5
46013  Valencia  (Valencia)
http://www.cac.es
Tel.:+34 902100031

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: VALENCIA
  • Province/Island: VALENCIA
Valencia-València
 

 


Altamira National Museum and Research Centre (Santillana)


The days of Altamira...

A grand tour of prehistoric archaeology to interpret what life was like in the days of Altamira
The permanent exhibit "The days of Altamira" gives visitors a closer look at the prehistoric era of the Iberian peninsula. Different aspects of prehistoric life in Altamira are shown: art, culture, life, hunting techniques, etc. All this can be seen through exhibits displaying the most representative items from this period on the Iberian Peninsula. The museum is a faithful replica of the Altamira Cave, discovered by Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola in 1879, which meant the discovery of Palaeolithic cave art. Altamira Cave will be closed indefinitely as of 1 September.



Schedule

  • Nov 01 to Apr 30: From Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 18:00. Public holidays 09:30 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday
  • May 01 to Oct 31: From Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 20:00. Public holidays 09:30 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday
Closed: 1, 6 January, 1 May,  24,25,31 December.

 

Prices

  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1.5


Services

Cafe, Conference room, Disabled facilities, Facilities for babies, Guided tours, Shop

Accessibility

  • Access ramps
  • Car park with disabled access
  • Communications system for the hearing impaired
  • Lift with disabled access

 

Contact details

Avda. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, s/n.
39330  Santillana, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria  (Cantabria)
[email protected]
http://museodealtamira.mcu.es/
Tel.:+34 942818815
Tel.:+34 942818005
Fax.:+34 942840157

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: CANTABRIA
  • Province/Island: CANTABRIA
Cantabria
 

 


Picasso Museum (Malaga)


Picasso in his homeland...

This museum answers to a wish of Pablo Picasso himself: that his work be represented in the city of his birth.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga is located in Buenavista Palace, a building representative of Renaissance civil architecture in Andalusia. The permanent exhibition comprises a selection of pieces from the private collections of two relatives, Christine Ruiz-Picasso and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. More than 200 works cover the different styles, materials and techniques used by the brilliant artist. There are also temporary exhibitions, as well as educational and cultural activities, held on Picasso-related topics.


Schedule

  • Nov 01 to Feb 29:  Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Mar 01 to Jun 30:  Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
  • Jul 01 to Aug 31:  Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00
  • Sep 01 to Oct 31:  Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00

 

Prices

  • General: €7
  • Reduced: €5


Services

-

Contact details

Palacio de Buenavista. Calle San Agustín 8
29015  Málaga, Malaga  (Andalusia)
[email protected]
www.museopicassomalaga.org/en
Tel.:+34 952127600
Fax.:+34 952604570

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: ANDALUCIA
  • Province/Island: MALAGA
Málaga
 

 


National Museum of Roman Art (Mérida)


Vestiges of a great civilisation

The museum is close to the city's Roman theatre and amphitheatre.

The Mérida National Museum of Roman Art, designed by prestigious architect Rafael Moneo, was inaugurated in 1986. Inside you will find objects from the time of Roman civilisation, a vital period in the history of this city, responsible for the theatre and the Mitreo Roman house, amongst others. You can see tombstones, ceramics, glassware, coins, sculptures, paintings and mosaics. In the lower part of the museum there are archaeological excavations in progress.


Schedule

  • Apr 01 to Sep 30: Tuesday to Saturday from 09:30 to 20:00, Public holidays and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday

  • Oct 01 to Mar 31: Tuesday to Saturday from 09:30 to 18:30, Public holidays and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday

 

Prices

  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1.5
  • Admission free: Children, Students, Retired persons


Services

-

Contact details

Calle José Ramón Mélida 2
06800  Mérida, Badajoz  (Extremadura)
[email protected]
www.museoromano.com
Tel.:+34 924311912
Tel.:+34 924311690
Fax.:+34 924302006

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: EXTERMADURA
  • Province/Island: BADAJOZ
Badajoz
 
 

National Sculpture Museum (Valladolid)


Art and sensations...

This exhibition is an outstanding testament to the quality of Spanish sculpture from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century.

Its collection includes a range of sculptures (altarpieces, choir stalls, funerary monuments, processional statues...) and materials (wood, bronze, stone, clay and ivory). The collection traces the evolution of religious imagery, which with the introduction of polychromed wood attained its maximum splendour in Spain, featuring highly lifelike pieces capable of conveying genuine sensations and emotions. Three of the Spanish Baroque's most important sculptors, Juan de Juni, Alonso Berruguete and Gregorio Fernández have their own dedicated areas. The most outstanding works include the 16th-century main altarpiece of San Benito by Alonso Berruguete, and the 15th-century altarpiece depicting Christ's descent from the Cross, by an anonymous sculptor. Furthermore, since December 2011 the museum houses the collections from the former National Museum of Artistic Reproductions. The museum's main site is the College of San Gregorio, a magnificent 15th-century building which was originally used as a training centre for theologians, mystics and inquisitors. The museum also comprises the neighbouring buildings of the Villena Palace and the Casa del Sol.



Schedule

  • Tuesday to Saturday: From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 19:30
  • Public holidays and Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Closing days: Monday

 

Prices

  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1.5


Services

-

Contact details

C/ Cadenas de San Gregorio 1, 2, 3
47011  Valladolid  (Castile-Leon)
[email protected]
museoescultura.mcu.es/
Tel.:+34 983254083
Tel.:+34 983250375
Fax.:+34 983259300

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: CASTILE-LEON
  • Province/Island: VALLADOLID
Valladolid
 
 

National Museum of Underwater Archaeology (Cartagena)


A rich underwater archaeological heritage

Particular highlights include a collection of elephants' tusks with Phoenician inscriptions, unique in the world.

Amphorae, lead ingots, anchors... even a life-size model of a Roman merchant ship. This is just a part of the collection on display in this museum dedicated to the exhibition of objects found in underwater archaeological excavations. The visit offers a journey through the history of maritime activities, trading and transportation, with particular emphasis on the Phoenician and Roman times. There is also an outstanding collection of seven scale models of ancient ships, and even an exact replica of a galley ship.



Schedule

  • Oct 16 to Apr 14:  Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00. Public holidays and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday
  • Apr 15 to Oct 15:  Tuesday to Saturday  from 10:00 to 21:00.  Public holidays and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Closing days: Monday

 

Prices

  • General: €3
  • Reduced: €1.5


Services

Guided tours

Contact details

Paseo Alfonso XII, 22
30202  Cartagena, Murcia  (Murcia)
[email protected]
http://museoarqua.mcu.es
Tel.:+34 968121166
Fax.:+34 968122189

 

Location

  • Autonomous region: MURCIA
  • Province/Island: MURCIA
Murcia
 

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