Top not so well known museums that you need to visit in Madrid

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Top not so well known museums that you need to visit in Madrid

Madrid is an exciting city all throughout the year. The capital of Spain is a very important, not only economic but also cultural and artistic point of interest four tourism. Temperatures rise quite a lot during summer in the city, but we think it is the perfect time for an art-lover getaway to the capital. Madrid is well-known for its amazing museums and art galleries, but today we want to show you the top museums not so well known that you need to visit.

If you also want to know about the five famous art museums in Madrid you don’t want to miss, don’t hesitate and read our previous article.

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Museo Arqueológico Nacional: MAN

Address: C/ Serrano, 13

Photo Credit: @MuseoArqueologicoNacional.Espana


The Museo Arqueológico Nacional, also known as the MAN, recently underwent a huge renovation and has an enormous space dedicated to the famous prehistoric Cuevas de Altamira. The museum, founded in 1867 by Queen Isabella II, was born with the mission of offering the general public an accurate, attractive, interesting and critical interpretation of the objects that belonged to the different cultures which populated the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region (including Prehistoric, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Greek, Roman, Visigoth and Christian), ranging from Antiquity to more recent periods, in the firm belief that a knowledge of this history can shed light on society as we know it today.



 Address: Paseo del Prado, 36

Photo Credit: CaixaForum Madrid


Just down the street from Museo del Prado, you will find the Caixa Forum museum. An impressive cultural and social space that once served as the electrical plan, but nowadays hosts a cool and funky collection of modern art pieces, temporary exhibitions, concerts or poetry readings among others. On the outside, you will find its remarkable vertical garden attached to the building. It extends more than 20 meters high and its 15,000 plants of 250 species make it difficult to miss.


Matadero Madrid

 Address: Plaza de Legazpi, 8. 28045 Madrid

Photo Credit: @Mataderomadrid

Matadero Madrid is one of these cool places in Madrid that are not really known fby the tourists. Located along the river of Madrid, Matadero is a centre for contemporary creation promoted by Madrid City Council’s Arts Department, in association with public and private entities. This former slaughterhouse was turned into an arts and cultural center in 2006, and nowadays hosts many art exhibitions and is a great place to meet young creatives. But Matadero Madrid is not only a museum but a creative space hosting social gatherings, film projections, theater performances foodie events, flea markets and much more.

Don’t forget to visit its great café named “La Cantina” where you can taste local food products from Madrid.


Museo del traje

Address: Av. Juan de Herrera, 2

Photo Credit: @museodeltraje


Whether you’re in love with fashion or not, El Museo del Traje is a hidden gem that worths at least a visit. Madrid’s fashion museum, dedicated to fashion and costumes, showcases different fashion trends throughout the centuries. First opened in 1925, today it showcases a wide range of outfits, garments, and accessories from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th century. Its permanent collection has over 160,000 pieces. Many special events and temporary exhibits are offered as well, such as collections devoted to a particular designer or workshops and talks about the evolution of fashion in Spain.


La casa encendida

Address: Av. Juan de Herrera, 2

Photo Credit: La Casa Encendida


Located just a five-minute walk from Reina Sofia Museum, La Casa Encendida (“The Burning House”) is a social and cultural centre, a dynamic space open to audiences of all ages, where visitors can find some of today’s most groundbreaking artistic expressions. Today this space showcases modern and contemporary art exhibits, but also hosts many cultural events, screenings, workshops concerts, readings and more, attempting to satisfy the interests and needs of an engaged public.

Entrance is always free, and there is a lovely café on the rooftop terrace that brings a complete calendar of cultural events during the summer months, including cinema and music sessions.


Sara Barrio

Sara Barrio

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