Biblioteca Nacional de España

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid: Hours, Address, Biblioteca Nacional de España Reviews: 4.5/5

Biblioteca Nacional de España

Biblioteca Nacional de España
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Colón • 3 min walk
  • Serrano • 5 min walk
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SPAINDOCTOR
Madrid, Spain5,420 contributions
A must
Jun 2020 • Solo
Many years and never went inside
It is a must
Lovely building
Inside and outside
It shares location with archeological museum
Written June 27, 2020
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sheepygold
london4,809 contributions
Interesting exhibits but no English
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited a couple of free exhibitions, one on civil engineering projects and another on traversing the globe. Both had interesting exhibits but it is frustrating that unlike many museums there is no English translation.
Written January 31, 2020
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,753 contributions
National Library
Dec 2019
Yet another beautiful building. Along a street that’s nice to walk, particularly this time of the year, as there are Christmas markets/stalls along the way.
Written December 23, 2019
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain478 contributions
Exhibition space
Nov 2019
The Spanish National Library is an impressive building from the outside and contains a museum and a series of temporary exhibition spaces which are free to enter. I have to say that having seen the museum once some time ago, we now go only when there is a temporary exhibition that interests us as these are generally very good. We went to see the exhibition about Benito Perez Galdos in late 2019 and enjoyed it very much. There was a comprehensive story of the life of Galdos with exhibits including personal items signed editions of works and so on. At the end there was an exhibit of films based on works and screens where contemporary Spanish authors spoke about Galdos and his influence. We found it very enjoyable. There is a good bookstall (as you would expect from a national library!)
Written November 30, 2019
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jsf646
Paris, France861 contributions
Forget this place
Oct 2019
What a disappointment: a beautiful and monumental facade, gigantic stairways... all this for an ordinary reading room with very few books ... and especially no historical book exposed for the public.
Written October 29, 2019
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AriHelsinki
Helsinki, Finland4,747 contributions
Library! Architecture!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Beautiful and grandiose building. It is also possible to book guided tour, but in advance. There is a small museum and exhibitions. If you would like to see the building and its halls inside, the guided tour is the only way. Available online bookings, not in July.
Written July 21, 2019
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Bruce M
Woodstock, GA896 contributions
Interesting but sad
May 2019 • Solo
It’s definitely not very popular and in a state of repair. It was interesante to see the old printing machines but it has seen better days.
Written June 25, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,779 contributions
National Library Housed In A Beautiful Building
May 2019 • Couples
Located on Recoletos this library was built by King Philip V in 1712 and at the time mandated that all books printed in Spain had to send a copy to the library. Today the library has over 15 millions books and many other items. The architecture and external sculptures are impressive and worthy of a look even if you do not enter.Another impressive Madrid building.
Written June 21, 2019
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Gillfluff
Leeds, UK239 contributions
Leonardo worry the wait
May 2019
An interesting place, not strictly a tourist attraction but known to hold the occasional special exhibition. Currently they are hosting works about and by Leonardo da Vinci, principally from their own collection and supplemented with some glorious illuminated manuscripts. Entry is free, but timed, your ticket allows you 15 minutes in the actual exhibition (which is in Spanish) but you are free to wander the small number of exhibits outside of the main exhibition room. Warning - there are no toilets here and nowhere to sit down, so go prepared for a short wait!
Written May 12, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
National Library of Spain
Apr 2019 • Solo
The National Library of Spain is housed in a beautiful building and contains a world collection of books and other written materials. Pity it's not accessible to the general public and obviously mostly in Spanish.

On the lover ground floor, there a public museum containing information about the history of writing and publications which does have a good amount of information in both English and Spanish. Worth visiting if you have a little extra time on your hands.
Written April 12, 2019
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