Museo Cerralbo

Museo Cerralbo, Madrid: Hours, Address, Museo Cerralbo Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Cerralbo
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Art Museums
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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
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Arguelles
Just south of the sprawling campus of the Complutense University of Madrid, Arguelles exudes a fast-paced, collegiate vibe. The main street, Calle Princesa, is filled with twenty-somethings rushing between classes and errands, meeting up with classmates, and grabbing cheap beers and cheap eats. This is a prime shopping spot where the major Spanish clothing and department store chains are less busy than their downtown counterparts, and there is an array of casual dining options to choose from. Check out nearby outdoor spaces such as the lushly planted Plaza de España to the south, which is often filled with craft stalls. To the west of Arguelles is the giant Parque Oueste, a calm and picturesque park with its own Egyptian temple.
How to get there
  • Ventura Rodríguez • 5 min walk
  • Principe Pío • 7 min walk
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico3,428 contributions
Jan 2022
Cerralbo Museum is near Plaza de España. My husband and I had been in Madrid many times and never knew of this Palace, until I read an arcticle in a History magazine. It’s worth an hour visit, at your own pace.

Admission is limited during pandemic, and sometimes the guards ask you to wait a while when a room gets crowded. At the ticket office you must leave your coats and backpacks, at no extra cost. You can rent the audio guide or just read each room’s panel, but it’s difficult to come near the panels avoiding the crowds, so the audio guide is a good choice during pandemic.

The 2 floors opened to the public are crammed with furniture, paintings, vases, clocks, sculptures and all kind of decorative arts. There’s only one bedroom on display, but many living rooms, studios, the billiard, the library, the dancing hall, a bathroom and a wash room. They have a modern yard in a corner of the house, instead of courtyard or backyard, with Italian free style, sculptures and a gazebo.
Consider it for a rainy day if it’s not your first time in Madrid.
Written February 3, 2022
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Malgorzata
11,037 contributions
Aug 2020
A small but very interesting museum. A surprising place. From the outside, a classicist building from the end of the 19th century. Built and used as the home of the Marquis de Cerralbo. Currently an art museum. Perfectly preserved palace with beautiful interiors, kept in perfect condition. Furniture, paintings, lamps, at the same time retain its charm to make it seem like life goes on in the palace. It is worth getting lost in his rooms and transferring to another time. I recommend it especially to people who love art and do not like large crowds.
Written July 31, 2021
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Elssa21
Neston, UK78 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was on my Plan B list, places to visit if we had time.

Put it on your 'must visit', A list.

Headed for a visit to the Royal Palace to find it closed we visited here instead. Had to be one of the highlights of our week in Madrid. Stunning.

The only downside was the open times. Closed at 3pm the staff are very prompt at ensuring the building is clear.

Our recommendation is visit La Charca one block behind. We enjoyed their Menu de Dia, 3 courses, coffee and a bottle of wine for €15 each amongst many locals.

Yep, a great day out! Don't miss it.

(Look at the 5 museum card which includes this house, Sorolla and Galdiano along with another 2. Galdiano was more than double the price of these 2 places and nowhere near as impressive IOHO. Just make sure you have your passport details - snap on yr phone is safer.)
Written January 20, 2020
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,499 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I found this Baroque 2 story home interesting more for its lifestyle. The chandeliers were stunning- made in Murano Italy. Lots of armor.
Lots of collections of travel memorabilia that bordered on clutter but it appears that they liked to be surrounded by lavish items.
Written September 15, 2021
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Knish Will
Northern Kentucky, KY4 contributions
Sep 2021
This museum is almost unknown. It houses the private collection of a spanish noble. There are a lot of beautiful artefacts to be seen from stamps to paintings and sculptures. It is quite near to the Gran Via area and you can go walking.
Written October 5, 2021
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Daryl K
Johannesburg, MI178 contributions
Dec 2019
Before we went on our trip to Spain we found an interesting sounding museum close to our hotel in Madrid The Museo Cerralbra was a little gem without being on any major tourist sites. We had an interesting time at this small museum which illustrated life in Madrid about 150 years ago. This little museum is well worth visiting.
Written February 12, 2020
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johnmodesto
Modesto, CA611 contributions
Aug 2021
This part of town is normally attractive, but there are extensive roadworks and construction, so getting here is more difficult and less appealing than usual. This is the former home of a wealthy family, it isn't Versailles but is still impressive for the quality and quantity of decorations and fixtures. They have a few rooms for temporary exhibitions, there was one on photography when we were there. This was free when we visited, perhaps because of the pandemic or the nearby construction. You have to be alert and methodical to visit every room and the garden. Its worth doing.
Written September 16, 2021
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,067 contributions
Oct 2020
This is just an amazing museum in Madrid, very close to Plaza de España. It was the mansion of Marquis of Cerralbo, an aristocrat, art collector, intellectual.
The house is just impressive with the best paintings by Caravaggio, Zurbaran, El Greco, Veronese, Goya...
The ballroom, the library, the stairs... everything is full of splendour.
Written October 4, 2020
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,068 contributions
Apr 2021
If you like visiting museums and have a longer stay in Madrid, this one is a must. Very beautiful rooms and also the garden inside with statues and flowers. It reminded me of the Royal Palace but smaller. If you haven't been to the Royal Palace, I can explain: very luxurious rooms, impecable furniture, gold, paintings, beauty everywhere.
Written April 24, 2021
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245olegv
Madrid, Spain2,686 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
There are a lot of wonderful places in Madrid to visit. Of course, El prado or Thyssen are the most claimed ones. But this Cerralbo Museum will impress you as well. Not very big one, but full of extraordinary paintings, sculptures, jewelry, porcelain, furniture from ancient times. The owner of this collection was archeologist and true collector, so now we have unique opportunity to explore the real house for high society in Madrid of 19-20th century and enjoy this exceptional collection.
Written March 3, 2021
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Museo Cerralbo is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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