Free museums in Madrid

palazzo reale | Madrid


Spain is a culturally rich country nation and not everybody knows that there are many free museums in Madrid.
The museums have created this opportunity to allow Spanish citizens or regular tourists to admire their huge collections in many ways.
In fact, the admission is free on specific days or at specific times, so you can visit the museums and admire only one work or focus only on the works of a particular artist or historical period.
So here are the list of free museums in Madrid and useful information not to miss out this opportunity.

Free museums

Il Museo del Prado | musei Madrid

Il Museo del Prado


The Prado Museum is one of the world’s most important picture galleries and houses some of the most famous masterpieces of art history, from El Greco to Velázquez, from Goya to Rembrandt just to mention a few.
Free admission – from Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm; on Sundays and public holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm.

The Reina Sofía Museum is an international point of reference for modern and contemporary art and houses Guernica, Picasso’s most important work.
Free admission – from Wednesday to Sunday from 7 pm to 9 pm; on Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm. Free tickets during these hours and days are just for individual public.
Free all day in April 18, May 18 and October 12, December 6.

The Lázaro Galdiano Museum hosts an art collection including works by Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán and Bosch, in addition to bronzes, ceramics, crystals and wonderful art objects.
Free admission – from Monday to Saturday from 3.30 pm and on Sundays from 2 pm.


The Thyssen-Bornemisza is one of the most important private collections of paintings in the world.
Free admission – on Mondays from 12 am to 4 pm.

The Sorolla Museum was the residence of painter Joaquín Sorolla and is now a museum housing some of his masterpieces.
Free admission – on Saturdays from 2 pm to 8 pm; on Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.

The majestic Royal Palace of Madrid houses a one-of-a-kind collection of paintings, sculpture, weapons and decorative arts.
Free admission – from Monday to Thursday form 6 pm to 8 pm only for European and South American citizens.

The Royal palace of El Pardo was built in the 16thcentury during the reign of Philip II, on a former small castle built by Charles I in the 15thcentury.
Free admission – on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm only for European and South American citizens.

The Cerralbo Museum was the residence of the Marquises of Cerralbo, who were also great collectors and housed there their art collections, too.
Free admission – on Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm; on Saturdays from 2 pm to 3 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

These are the most important free museums in Madrid, but the list is incomplete, because the capital of Spain offers you the opportunity to visit for free the museum circuit of the city.
All you have to do is visit the official website of each museum you want to see or Visit Madrid-the official tourism website.

Museo Romanticismo | Madrid

Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza | musei madrid

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  1. FYI, the times in this article are incorrect. The Reina Sofia museum is free from 3-7pm Wednesday to Sunday, it’s free from 7pm-9pm. This is current as of Nov 22, 2018.

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I believe there has been a variation of the museum or in the information on the official website. In fact, on the official website of Reina Sofia, there are now also 4 days in which the museum is free all day long πŸ˜€

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