Museums Walking Tour, Madrid

Madrid is not only a big cultural center in Spain, but in the entire Europe as well. Having a great and interesting history behind, Madrid developed a vast culture over time. The city became world-famed for its museums and galleries. The following tour will guide you through the most famous museums in Madrid.
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Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: emma
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Railway Museum

1) Railway Museum

The Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum) in Madrid is one of the largest historic railroad collections in Europe. It is located in the Las Delicias Station, just south of Atocha in the barrio of Delicias. The station is one of the most important iron architecture examples of the 19th century. Built in 1880 by Gustave Eiffel, the Railway Museum holds some of the best collections of Europe’s historical locomotives and wagons. The museum allows one to observe and understand the evolution of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional de Antropología

2) Museo Nacional de Antropología

Near the Parque del Buen Retiro, just opposite the Atocha railway station you will find the Museo Nacional de Antropolgia, which is Spain’s oldest museum of anthropology.

The museum first opened its doors in 1875 with the aim of promoting understanding and tolerance of diverse cultures across the world. The five continents are represented in this excellent collection.

You can admire objects of everyday life, ritual artifacts, weapons, clothes and icons pertaining to the religious beliefs...   view more
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

3) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (must see)

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992, and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. It is located in Madrid, near the Atocha train and metro stations, at the southern end of the so-called Golden Triangle of Art (located along the Paseo del Prado and also comprising the Museo del Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).

The museum is mainly...   view more
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CaixaForum

4) CaixaForum (must see)

When you arrive at the Caixa Forum you will be immediately struck by two aspects of this extraordinary building. The first thing to draw your eye is the vertical garden adjoining the Forum; the second feature will take your breath away: the building appears to be floating off the ground!

When the Caixa Foundation acquired the disused power station they wanted to create a modern multicultural center, but the building was classified as a historical monument and they couldn’t have it pulled...   view more
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Museo Nacional del Prado

5) Museo Nacional del Prado (must see)

The Museo Nacional del Prado is a museum and art gallery that features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of more than 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals, and almost 2,000 decorative objects and works of art. Sculpture is represented by more than 700 works and by a smaller...   view more
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Casa Museo Lope De Vega

6) Casa Museo Lope De Vega

House museums are always an interesting way of learning about the life of the occupant and the Casa Museo Lope de Vega is no exception.

You will find the museum in a charming three stored 17th century building in the street named after one of his fellow playwrights – Cervantes. Lope de Vega spent the last 25 years of his life in this house where he wrote several rather religious-minded plays and poems.

The furniture and ornaments, while typical of late 16th and early 17th century Spain,...   view more
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Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum)

7) Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) (must see)

The Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Fine Arts Museum) was founded in 1752 and while it might not be as grand as other museums in Madrid, it is one of the most important and is certainly a must for lovers of Spanish art.

Housed in the 18th century Goyeneche Palace not far from Puerto del Sol, the museum proudly displays over 1500 paintings and 600 sculptures dating from the 15th century to the present day. It is also the headquarters of the Academy of Art and Picasso...   view more
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

8) Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (must see)

Founded by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is housed in a 19th-century Neo-Classical mansion near the Prado Museum. It is one of the finest private art collections in the world and was ceded to Spain by Baron Hans in 1992.

The museum is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” and has a truly wonderful collection of Impressionist and Expressionist European and American art, Renaissance, Mannerism, Rococo and Romanticism art dating from the 13th...   view more
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Museo Naval

9) Museo Naval (must see)

When you visit the Museo Naval on the Paseo del Prado, don’t forget to take an ID with you (passport, driver’s license, etc.), as you will need to show it before you can admire the artifacts in this impressive museum.

Arranged in chronological order, the museum houses a collection from the 15th century to the present day and is clearly a tribute to Spanish naval superiority. The model ships are to exact scale and most of them were made at the same time that their life-sized counterparts...   view more
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Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

10) Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

Near the Plaza de la Cibeles and overlooking the Parque del Retiro you will find the four storey 19th century mansion that is the home of the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. This excellent museum is certainly worth a long visit.

In the museum’s 60 rooms you can admire over 30.000 artifacts that graced the palaces and mansions of 16th to 20th century Spain. The collection is arranged in chronological order and from floor to floor you can see the changes in taste and fashion of the...   view more
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Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Madrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sol Souvenir Shopping

Sol Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Madrid without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Madrid, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Center Walking Tour

City Center Walking Tour

The oldest part of Madrid, Centro district is one of the most happening areas of the Spanish capital. A place of regular celebrations and festivals, it is also home to some of Madrid's major attractions, such as Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol, as well as many cultural venues – theaters, museums and galleries. On this walk you will visit a good number of them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Madrid is a vibrant metropolis made up of 21 districts. This walk covers two of them - Moncloa and Camberi - with the former being a leafy area replete with laid-back cafe terraces, evening crowds, and students hanging out at bars around Moncloa’s colleges. Camberi, in turn, is a quintessential castizo neighborhood, rightfully regarded as “simply cool” and ideal for those seeking to enjoy the authentic way of life in Madrid. Take this walk and discover Moncloa and Camberi in their variety.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Retiro Walking Tour

Retiro Walking Tour

Located in the southeastern part of central Madrid, Retiro district is a major area renowned primarily for the presence of the El Retiro Park, nicknamed “the lungs of Madrid”, as well as for its closeness to the Puerta de Alcalá and the world-famous Prado Museum. Together with Paseo del Prado, Retiro Park has added character to the area of Los Jerónimos, while the rest of the District is shaped by the Atocha Railway Station. No trip to Madrid is complete without a walk through the Retiro district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Hemingway's Walking Tour

Hemingway's Walking Tour

There have been many writers who express a love for Madrid, but one who did so quite famously was Ernest Hemingway. During his life, Hemingway was a frequent visitor of Madrid, finding in it his muse, popular success and critical acclaim. Don Ernesto, as he was called in Spain, was a frequent visitor to specific sites in Madrid that became major tourist attractions. The majority of those sites are described in the next walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

El Parque del Buen Retiro is one of the main attractions of the city of Madrid. Known to the locals simply as "El Retiro," the park is a favorite place to spend weekends and summer days and was considered a Royal Park up until two centuries ago. Highlights of the park include several fountains, palaces, monuments and arranged gardens. Discover this historical site step by step in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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