Madrid is full of world-class centers for art, culture, and history, most of which can be visited for free on certain days of the week. Here is a general guide to the city’s most famous (and some lesser-known) museums.
A few basic things to know
- The three major art museums — the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen — make up Madrid’s “Golden Art Triangle,” and are conveniently located within short walking distance of each other. You can purchase a Paseo del Arte Card to save 20 percent on the general admission fee to all three.
- The museums are pretty generous with their free admission times, so if you plan in advance you can avoid paying entrance fees.
- Many of the Madrid museums are always free for students with ID, people under 18, seniors, and retirees.