Museo Lazaro Galdiano

Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid: Hours, Address, Museo Lazaro Galdiano Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Lazaro Galdiano
4.5
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Gregorio Marañón • 7 min walk
  • Rubén Darío • 7 min walk
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Robert B
Saratoga Springs, NY984 contributions
May 2019
Constant Companion and I have been meaning to get to the Museo Lazaro Galdiano during each our last four trips to Madrid. However, there is so much to do and see that the taxi ride up to the museum was always deferred till next time. This visit it was a priority!
The museum itself is housed in the mansion of editor, financier, and world traveler, Lazaro Galdiano. By the 1940's he was recognized as "one of the greatest patrons of culture in nineteenth century Spain". This description is not in the least an overstatement as the museum is a real visual encyclopedia of art through the 19th century!
The ground floor provides some nice background on Lazaro Galdiano and what to expect in this nicely curated museum. Next floor up you are given a real feel for the family's social life and its collection of art from Spain's Golden Age. I was particularly enamored with Bosch's "Meditations of St. John the Baptist" here. The third floor displays the museum's extensive holdings of tiles, coins, porcelain, textiles, etc. Also, when we visited there was a special exhibit by Guillaume Bruere in which he created his interpretations of many of the works hanging in the museum. If you enjoy art from Spain's Golden Age and works by such acclaimed Spanish artists as El Greco and Goya as well a stunning works by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch and William Turner this is not to be missed. Make it your priority in Madrid!
Written January 17, 2020
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sheepygold
london4,831 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This museum is small compared to the Prado for instance but still takes at least 2.5 hours to do properly. There is so much to see especially paintings spanning 5 or 6 centuries but there is wonderful furniture too as well as silverware and object d'art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, miniature paintings, books..The house itself is stunning especially the painted ceilings. Do not miss the fourth floor which is in the attic and contains various collections of coins for instance, ivory objects, weapons, fabrics...This really is a do not miss experience.
Written January 29, 2020
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,701 contributions
Jan 2020
Lázaro Galdiano was a publisher who was active during the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was an avid collector of, well, everything - paintings, coins, textiles, jewelry, arms, and furniture, to name some of his interests. Highlights of his collection are housed in this museum, which is his former mansion.
Written November 30, 2020
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Emily A
Madrid, Spain268 contributions
Apr 2021
Covid is currently restricting life in all its facets, not least of these the art world, and yes, it has touched the magnificent Galdiano. But should you yearn for great art, lovely old home decor, and a tranquil place to get away, then get over to northern Serrano district to the Galdiano.
I went in the morning on the weekend, always good to beat the queue. And was able to spend some time in the Goya room where the collection of the Witches Sabbat paintings hang. Personally, I just love Goya. They also have The Third of May 1808, another must see of all art.
You may also get a tour or spend time in the gardens. All good ideas.
Written July 14, 2021
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dkevan2020
Madrid, Spain17 contributions
Nov 2019
This lovely palace contains a marvellous museum full of works of art and precious objects. The result of a life as a collector, it is a perfect size for a visit. There is an important collection of Goyas but many other styles and epochs are represented.
And you can finish off with a sroll around the grounds and maybe sit in the shade of a mature tree.Incidentally I go here often because I live very near.
Written March 4, 2020
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flyjournal
na49 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
This museum is under the Madrid Five Museum Pass. It is worth every cent you pay if you like decorative arts. It costs 12 euros & is valid for 10 days & you can access each of the 5 museums multiple times to your heart's content. In Spanish, its called the Abono Cinco Palacios 10 Días (season ticket, 5 mansion museums, 10 days).
Each of the museums under this pass is curated with finesse. It It beats the bigger museums I have seen in many parts of Europe. I have written it in Spanish as some of the counter staff may not get it in English, best to write it down on a piece of paper & show it to them. I have taken out 2 stars for this museum as I had visited Cerralbo's house museum & Sorolla and the personalities of these 2 individuals were stamped in each room visited, But sadly lacking for Lazaro, there are no furnishings kept from his time, its just his personal collection of artefacts. Most notable were the weaponry and the impressionist style miniature paintings which he was an ardent collector. It is well curated with English explanation but lacks the punch of the collector's personal touch. It felt sterile after having been to Cerralbo & Sorolla where their collections are fully integrated with the owner's personal collections like their own furniture, lightings, original staircases etc. Its like they stripped Lazaro of his personality and left a cold & sterile museum. If you visit this place, you need to do this museum in conjuction with Sorolla as its only a 10 minutes walking distance.
Written March 10, 2018
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NYMadrid
NYMadrid18 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
A great private collection in a beautiful building with beautiful grounds. I enjoyed the antique working elevator and the building itself as much as some of the artwork. Very cool collection of miniature paintings. Free from 15:30 to 16:30 during the week and 14 to 15 on Sundays. Only gives you an hour to look around but if you are like me and get worn out in museums after 1 hr, its a great way to check it out and you can always go back another day. Maybe not a first choice if you have to prioritize and have limited time in Madrid, but most certainly worth while and a nice option off the beaten path. (although it is actually very conveniently located).
Written March 4, 2014
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JJJC_Family
Virginia498 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
A very impressive and comprehensive collection of items relating to Spain is enhanced by a fabulous setting, the donor's house. In fact, my late mother loved beautiful things, houses among them. As we walked through the museum, I kept saying to my wife, "I wish my mother were here. She would love this place." Mr. Galdiano was a true aesthete and it shows in both the quality and scope of the objects he acquired in his life and the design and decoration of his house. And he is a true patriot because he believed that he should acquire these objects because they were crucial to the history and soul of Spain, which he clearly loved. He wanted these objects to be preserved and shown because they are the pride of the nation.

I was wishy washy on going here. The photos of the house looked impressive, but I wasn't certain about the collection. We only saw two things in Madrid, as we only spent one day there. So I wanted the two to be special. I took a chance here and it came through with flying colors. Lord knows there are marquee sites that will be impossible to avoid visiting, but if you have enough time to squeeze this in, you will find it a worthy addition to your itinerary.
Written January 30, 2019
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Gerard_S77
Dublin, Ireland3,897 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Housed in the mansion of Lazaro Galdiano this contains sculptures, paintings and smaller objects. Like Museo Cerralbo the mansion location and lighting may not always suit the display of artworks like ivories. For example light shining on paintings or space restrictions, the top floor has a lot of the works in storage that cannot be individually displayed. It is good on early Spanish words (Visigothic) and houses some Dutch paintings, which do not feature strongly in other Spanish collections. A painting by Bosch is one of the highlights.
Written January 29, 2018
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Fran P
Texas53 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
This small museum is away from the main museum area of Madrid, but absolutely worth finding. Opens at 10 a.m. and I had the place to myself for nearly two hours. Had planned to spend about one hour and didn't finish until after one. Would have stayed longer but I got hungry!!

Lazaro Galdiano was a financier and publisher. He "collected" his first item as a young boy and remained an avid collector for the rest of his life. Not having had children he gave his house and its contents to the nation. Check out his and his wife's fascinating personal history of collecting.

Two things to remember: Look up at the ceilings; and open the draws under the display cases to see more treasures.

The only negative I saw was that many of the signs for each piece, while written in both Spanish and English, the English is printed in a lighter colour and is frequently hard to read.
Written August 17, 2015
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