Madrid is known, as well as for its tapas, bars, party and football teams, for its popular and famous art museums: the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, four of the most famous ones.
However, whether you love museums and you´ve visited all the most famous ones in Madrid or you get bored by paintings and are travelling with children, we propose different museums to you that are something out of the ordinary.
This is a very special museum because it´s made for and by (although open to everyone) visually impaired people. It belongs to ONCE (Spain´s organization for the visually impaired) and its sculptures are made by its artist members. Generally, the works of art exhibited her are more tactile than visual and they´re thought out so that they can be touched in order to experiment their texture. A different experience, no doubt.
Calle de La Coruña, 18. Metro: Estrecho. Open Mon-Sat, closed for lunch hours and the whole of August. Free entry.
They say that vintage is coming back. If you like fashion, you´ve definitely got to go to the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum), whether it´s to find inspiration for your next fashion piece or to realise that you dress like a 19th century aristocrat. But seriously, there´s an amazing collection of old costumes that encompasses six centuries of Spanish fashion. Not bad is it? If you´re fascinated by fashion and/or anthropology, it´s a must.
Avda. Juan de Herrera 2, Metro: Moncloa. Entry: 3€. Free on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
La Casa Encendida
This multidiscipline centre is one of the coolest places in Madrid. Here you can attend exhibitions by emerging artists, alternative concerts, sessions by video-artists or activities related to art for children such as workshops. Entry is free on most days and you can find it at Ronda de Valencia, 2. Metro: Embajadores.
Open-air Sculpture Museum
The name of the museum leaves no room for doubt: it´s an open-air space located between the Castellana and Juan Bravo street in Madrid, that has various sculptures by Miró, Chillida, Pablo Serrano, Andreu Alfaro or Sempere among others. It´s the perfect museum to take the kids so that they familiarize themselves with art. Find it at Paseo de la Castellana, 41. Metro: Ruben Darío.
You can see that CaixaForum is not a conventional museum even before you go in because it has a vertical garden on its facade, right next to a spectacular building that seems to be floating. From then on, everything will surprise you in this museum. Three vibrant museum floors with notable contemporary art exhibitions. It´s at Paseo del Prado, 36. Open Mon-Sun.
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