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Madrid: Museums

Madrid: Tours & Sightseeing El Prado Museum Photo
Paseo del Prado. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.. Certainly one of the most important collections of paintings worldwide. There are special rooms for masters like Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo and Tizian, as well as for representants of the Flemish school.

Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado, 8. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays 12 to 4 p.m.. In this museum, which was inaugurated in 1993, there is exposed one of the most important private arts collections.

National Museum Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel, 52. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday closed.. This modern building featuring interesting expositions made complete the "Arts Triangle of Prado" in 1993.

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Museum of Contemporary Art
Juan de Herrera s/n. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.. Contemporary art of Spanish and international origins. Regularly interesting expositions.

Museum of Palacio Real
Bailén s/n. Open 9 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9 a.m. to 3.15 p.m..

Museum of Horse Coaches
Palacio Real. Campo del Moro. Open 9 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9 a.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Open Air Sculpture Museum
Paseo de la Castellana. Specially Remarkable are the works of Chillida.

National Museum of Decorative Arts
Montalbán, 12. Open 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Mondays closed.. A large collection of ceramics, glass-objects, textiles and furniture.

National Museum fof Artistic Reproductions
Av. de los Reyes Católicos, 6. Open 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays closed.. An interesting collection of reproductions and copies.

Romantic Museum
San Mateo, 13. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holidays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.. Outfitted like a 19th century palace, this museum exposes objects of the epoch of Romantic.

Museum Sorolla
Paseo General Martinez Campos, 37. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays closed.. Many works of the great painter Sorolla, alongside with sculptures of various artists and objects of popular art.

Museum Cerralbo
Ventura Rodriguez, 17. Open 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays closed.. Exposition of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and tapestries.

Museum Lazaro Galdiano
Serrano, 122. Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays closed.. Private collection of paintings, jewellery and objects of enamel, ceramics and ivory.

National Archaeological Museum
Serrano, 13. Open 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Mondays closed.. Objects from prehistorical time until middle-ages. Most famous is the prehistorical Lady from Elche.

Museum of Natural Science
Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays and Holidays 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Mondays closed.

Mineralogic Museum
In the geologic faculty of the University, visits after personal arrangement..

Ethnological Museum
Alfonso XII, 68. Open 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays and Holidays closed.. Great collection of objects from the five continents. Specially interesting are the mummies of Guanches, the aborigins of Canary Islands.

Geologic Museum
Rios Rosas, 23. Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Sundays and Holidays closed.

Railway Museum
Paseo de las Delicias, 61. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.

Museum of Coins and Bank-Notes
Doctor Esquerdo, 36. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays closed.

Museum of the Town
Fuencarral, 78. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Mondays and Holidays closed.. Objects related to the history of Madrid.

Museum of Popular Art and Customs
Carretera de Colmenar Viejo, Km.15. Open Mo, fr 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tue,Thu 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Africa Museum
Arturo Soria, 101. Open Thursdays 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Interesting ethnological collection.

America Museum
Reyes Católicos, 6. Great collection of objects mainly from South America, among them arts of the Incas. Most important are the Codex Trocortesano and the Treasure of the Quimbayas.

Museum of Aviation
Carretera de Extremadura, Km. 10,5. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.

Museum of Navigation
Montalbán, 2. Open 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Mondays closed.. Numerous models of historical ships. Highlights are the rooms dedicated to the discovery of America and the battle of Lepanto.

Army Museum
Mendez Nuñez, 1. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays closed.

Museum of Waxworks
Paseo de Recoletos, 41. Open 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.. Wax figures of numerous famous personalities.

Angel Nieto Museum
Pedro Bosch, s/n. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5.30 to 8.30 p.m., Mondays closed.. A collection of motorbikes, trophies and personal objects of the 13 times World's Champion.

Bullfight Museum
Plaza Monumental de las Ventas. Patio de Caballos. Open 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays closed.. Objects of the world of bullfights, exposed in the bullring of Madrid.

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