Madrid is culturally very rich city and offers many options of museums and exhibition halls which you can visit. We propose a selection of some of our favorites excluding the usual circuit of the most classical and well-known options, such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia or the Royal Palace.

The Chamberí metro station was designed by the famous architect Antonio Palacios. It was inaugurated in October 1919 and it was the place were the first women worked, which represented a novelty for the time. The line 1 was the first underground line of Madrid, which connected Puerta del Sol and Cuatro Caminos. The station of Chamberí was located between the present stations called Iglesia and Bilbao. The metro station Chamberí was closed in 1966 and in 2008 was renovated and opened as a museum. It is worth visiting because you can see how the subway stations were at the time, with original elements, ceramic advertising panels and furniture. It is a surprising place, which many locals do not know, and offers an interesting journey back in time.

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The Museum of America is located in a unique architecture building in the University Campus and brings together collections of American ethnography, art and archeology. It offers 25,000 pieces ranging from prehistory to the present time. Their collections allow to admire unique pieces and to evaluate the technological and cultural development of the different pre-Columbian civilizations. We highlight the treasure of Quimbayas, a unique collection in the world, which is preserved in the Museum of America thanks to the generosity of the Colombian Government that gave it to the Spanish Crown in 1892. It was given in the occasion of the IV Centenary of the Encounter in gratitude to mediation in a border conflict between Venezuela and Colombia.

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We delight the Sorolla Museum. It is in the house where the painter Joaquin Sorolla lived with his family, and represents one of the best preserved artist houses in Europe. The works are distributed throughout the house, retaining almost all the decoration. A tour can be made along seven rooms; among which we highlight the studio of the painter. Go through the dining room and the lounge, and end up in the beautiful garden of Andalusian inspiration, where the vegetation and the sound of water invite you to forget the hustle and bustle of the nearby General Martinez Campos street. The visitor can find in the museum all kinds of pieces, artistic and non-artistic: paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, furniture …. Apart from the permanent collection they organize their own temporary exhibitions and exhibitions organized by other institutions.

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Another, a bit more alternative cultural option, is the Matadero Madrid, promoted by the Government in the area of Arts, Sports and Tourism of the City of Madrid. Its objective is to favor the encounter and dialogue between creators and the public. It represents an open space where everyone can participate, create, reflect and learn. It has temporary exhibitions of diverse variety, from photographic and design to videogames, also hosting theater and musical events, among others.

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The Museum of Romanticism is a mansion located between the metro stops Tribunal and Alonso Martínez, where you can see the daily lifestyle of the upper bourgeoisie during the Romantic period (c.XIX). It reflects the lifestyle of society in that period and shows who were the main protagonists. In the museum you can find photography, furniture, painting, drawings, sculpture, decorative arts and an interesting historical archive. Another treasure offered in the museum is a charming interior garden with a tea room, which in recent years has become a meeting point for those who want to enjoy a breakfast or snack in the center of Madrid.

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These are just some of the numerous museums in Madrid, from the most alternative to the most classic. The Spanish capital has a long history and its museums tell many stories of the past  which you cannot miss.

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