Museo Cerralbo, Madrid

Museo Cerralbo, Madrid (must see)

The Museum Cerralbo (Spanish: Museo Cerralbo) in Madrid houses the collection of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, Marquis of Cerralbo. It is located in the former residence of its founder and was opened in 1944. The building was declared Bien de Interes Cultural in 1962. Museo Cerralbo offers visitors a view of everyday life in Madrid until the end of the 19th century. Created by Don Enrique de Aguilera and Gamboa it was the biggest private collection of its time. Here one can observe the works of 177 artists of different ages and trends, in a collection of more than 50,000 pieces.

Why You Should Visit:
One the few examples in Madrid of a 19th-century mansion which preserves its stunning original decoration.
Ballroom, games room, Gymnasium, general living areas show the special lifestyle of the owner at the time.
Many highlights – from paintings to carpets, porcelain, weaponry (even a samurai suit of armour), coins and medals, jewelry and books.
There is a good free English guide too, but note that they don't provide ear plugs.

Tip:
Arrive early because the house cannot accommodate that many people at once, and a line starts to form after 11am.
Seniors enter free but will need their passport; otherwise, the entry fee is €3 except on free Sunday (expect long queues).
If you happen to be short of time make sure to allow time for the final few rooms as these are the most spectacular.
The small outside gardens are also largely intact and beautiful to behold.

Operation Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9:30am-3pm; Thu: 5-8pm; Sundays & holidays: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Museo Cerralbo on Map

Sight Name: Museo Cerralbo
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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