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Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 to 20:00h.
Closed Monday, Jan. 1, May 1,and Dec. 25.
May 15 (Feast of San Isidro): 9:30-21:30h.
The museum is free.
The museum is located in the Palace of the Counts of Paredes and is also known as the Casa de San Isidro, because it was the house where San Isidro lived with his family. San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid. The building was constructed in the first half of the 16th century by the Lujan family. When the royal court was transferred to Madrid, it was used to house the Papal Nuncio until the 17th century, because it was one of the most important palaces in Madrid. After that, the Counts of Paredes lived in it until the 19th century. The palace went into decadence after that and had to be reconstructed in 1974.
Today the palace has the museum, a Renaissance patio from the 16th century, the Chapel of San Isidro, and the Miraculous Well. The building was where San Isidro lived with his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza, where he worked for the Ivan de Vargas. According to legend, the son of San Isidro fell into the Miraculous Well and San Isidro saved him from drowning by making the water in the well rise to the rim, bringing up the child, who was saved.
The Chapel of San Isidro was reconstructed in 1663, 1783, and 1789. There is a beautiful image of San Isidro in it. The vault is covered with mural paintings that were created by Zacarias Gonzalez Vazquez during the last renovation. The central painting represents the Apotheosis of San Isidro. The vault also shows paintings of four angels.
The museum is dedicated to the archaeology of Madrid and shows the history of the city from Prehistory until 1561, when Felipe II transferred his court to Madrid. The oldest object exhibited is the molar of a Neanderthal man, and the remains of animals that he hunted. There is an exhibit of agriculture, the use of ceramics and metallurgy, and life in the small pueblos during Prehistory. There are also remains that came from the Roman villa of Villaverde Bajo, glass, and sculptures from that period. Next there are Visigothic remains, followed by exhibits of articles from the Moorish times, and finally exhibits from Christian times.Origenes
The façade of the building.
The vault of the chapel.
The Renaissance patio.
The image of San Isidro.