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Free Art/Museum Entrance
1. Prado Museum
a. All visitors to the permanent collection: From Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm to 8pm, and Sundays from 5pm to 8pm. On December 6, November 19, October 12, May 2 and International Museum Day, during the full opening hours.
b. Children under 18.
c. EU citizens over 65.
2. Reina Sofia Museum
a. Saturdays: from 14.30 to 21.00 H. Sundays: from 10.00 to 14.30 H. Also on May 18th, October 12, December 6..
b. Children under 18 years old.
c. Adults over 65 years old, pensioners and unemployed.
3. Caixaforum Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 36
Check the website for current art exhibits.
Hours: Seven days a week, from 10 am to 8 pm.
The Caixaforum Madrid is a new social and cultural center that has many art exhibitions throughout the year and admission is free to visitors. It occupies the renovated Mediodia Electrical Power Station, having been completely redesigned by the Herzog and De Mueron Studio. The building has 10,000 square meters of space, distributed over 7 floors. There is also a restaurant-cafeteria in the building.
There is a vertical garden outside that is the work of the French botanist Patrick Blanc, and this is the first one in Spain. The garden measures 24 meters high and has 460 square meters of garden, with 15,000 plants of 250 different species. This is truly a unique work of art.
La Caixa is a very large bank and the Caixaforum Madrid is a way to channel its social and cultural outreach projects. The activities it schedules combine popularising art with the discovery of the most up-to-date questions in art, music and thought.
4. Juan March Foundation
The late Juan March Ordinas was the founder and owner of the Banca March, one of Spain's largest banks. He had an extensive art collection, which he left with the Juan March Foundation. The Foundation was started in 1955. The Foundation holds modern art exhibitions throughout the year and entrance is free to everyone. The Foundation also holds conferences and has music concerts, and many other cultural events. The building is a beautiful white marble modern building in the Salamanca district. The Foundation has 1600 works of Spanish artists and the art exhibitions are mostly about art of the 20th century. The Foundation received the Medal of Honor of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in 1976 and the Gold Medal of Merit of Fine Arts by the King of Spain in 1980. Check the website to see what art exhibition is being held.
5. Sala Alcala 31
Calle Alcalá, 31
Web: http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do?... (For the venue, choose Sala Alcala 31).
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30H.
Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 to 14:00H.
Closed: Monday and May 1, Dec. 25 and 31, Jan. 1 and 6.
The Alcalá 31 exhibition hall is located in the landmark building designed by Antonio Palacios for a former bank. The hall exhibits contemporary art and is owned by the Community of Madrid. All the exhibitions are free.
6. Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre
Open Air Museum of Sculpture
Paseo de la Castellana, 41
In 1970 a new bridge was built over the Paseo de la Castellana at Calle Juan Bravo. It was decided to have an open air museum of sculpture under the bridge. Many prominent artists volunteered to donate a work to the new museum. This new museum opened in 1972. There are three levels starting from Calle Serrano to the Paseo de la Castellana, and the area occupied is 4200 square meters.
Among the artists represented are Eusebio Sempere, Martín Chirino, Francisco Sobrino, José María Subirachs, Rafael Leoz, Andreu Alfaro, Marcel Martí, Gustavo Torner, Amadeo Gabino, Jesús Soto, Gerardo Rueda, Pablo Palazuelo, Joan Miró, Eduardo Chillida, Julio González, François Baschet, and Pablo Serrano.
The museum is free and one can go even at night to see the sculptures. This museum is a little known museum, but it has some very beautiful modern sculptures.