I visited the Museo Lazaro Galdiano as part of my 8 full-day visit to Madrid and enjoyed it a lot - despite it being on the extremity of the city and more difficult to get to than most other attractions, I am not surprised that it features so highly in the Trip Advisor Madrid 'hit list' as what is housed inside is so varied and interesting.
All in all, after the Prado, this was my next favourite art museum - yes I preferred it to those other 'big-hitters', namely Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (but only just) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (by some margin !).
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From my experience the Museo Lazaro Galdiano is rarely very busy and queuing was not required on the Saturday afternoon 'free entry' period. I found the best way to/from the museum was by bus, especially as stops are nearby.
You should not lower your expectations of this museum because of the relatively low entrance fee (if you have to pay for it !) or as it 'only' houses what is essentially a legacy-collection from a single person; this is a quality attraction. The building is smart, the internal space is large/airy and everything is laid-out/presented impeccably.
Best viewed starting on the top floor and working your way down, there is a wide variety of paintings, furniture and artefacts on show to guarantee that nobody could leave without seeing several things which they liked.
As it was, I liked almost everything but was especially taken with the unusual subject-matter of most of the universally high-quality paintings. There are also some delightful smaller pieces of differing types.
A bonus here is that flash-free photography is allowed, so example photos of some of my favourite items should feature at the base of this review....
My only criticism of the museum is that the artificial lighting used in many rooms produces intrusive glares onto many of the paintings, of which quite a few are also sited in unusually high positions so you can't view them at eye-level.
Unfortunately, the lower 'status' of this museum means that not too much is available in the shop, but there were a few postcard-sized prints of some of the artwork which I liked for sale.
The Museo Lazaro Galdiano is a little bit off the beaten track, but nevertheless any effort made to visit it will be time well-spent and highly rewarding. Of those 'smaller' status museums which I visited (ie also Cerralbo, Sorolla, Romanticismo), this was easily the best and I think that if you have time restraints this should be the last of those to remove from your list.
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