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“A High-Quality Attraction with an Interesting and Varied Collection”

Museo Lazaro Galdiano
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Ranked #27 of 790 things to do in Madrid
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 31, 2013

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 !).

I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my visit to see the sights of Madrid and day trips to Toledo/Segovia, it is entitled 'Madrid Attractions (+ Toledo/Segovia Day Trips) : 7 Full-Day Visit Oct 2013'. Please feel free to access it via my TA Profile (by clicking my TA 'name' below the photo on the left of this review). I hope it is of interest and use to you and that all of my individual reviews/photos/videos get posted properly; don't forget that videos aren't posted with the review like photos are, so it's best to locate them via my TA profile....

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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Reviewed December 23, 2013

I always visit the Lazaro Galdiano Museum, since it is very close to the hotel I stay in, the Hotel Melia Galgos, around the corner of the museum. This little museum is a gem and since few people visit it, one can enjoy all the art quietly without being distracted by noise. Lazaro Galdiano was an avid collector and had all the money of the world when he was collecting, so he bought the best art. The museum shows the paintings he bought, jewels, sculpture, and many other things. All of the items in the museum are very good and one can take photos without flash.

Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

I have visited this museum several times and have always enjoyed my visits. The life of the founder is a great story but I won't go into that here. Let it suffice to say that this man was an avid collector and to visit his house is a brief introduction to a way of life that is to be no more.

Thank Zaharajack
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Lots of different art to see, an amazing collection. Definitely worth a look, although of course the paintings there are overshadowed by the ones in the Prado. Maybe one should go there before going to the Prado in order to be able to fully appreciate the paintings at the Lazaro Galdiano.

Thank Jane H
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

This museum is sort of like a smaller version of the Prado, as it includes paintings from some of the greats like Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco. It also contains a rather large collection of jewelry, coins, pottery, tapestries and sculpture, some of it dating back to the classical era. The building is located in the Salamanca neighborhood and it therefore makes sense to combine it with a visit to the Sorolla Museum, about 5 blocks away on the other side of Paseo de la Castellana. I really liked the place, not only because of the collection, but the layout was very easy to follow as well. There is a small gift shop on the first floor. Another option after visiting the Lázaro Galdiano museum is to go shopping on Serrano Street, the same street of the museum. Calle de Serrano is full of high-end boutique shops. To get to the Museo from the historic center of Madrid, take the metro to either Rubén Darío or Núñez de Balboa metro stations. The hop-on hop-off bus also stops a block from the museum.

Note: The museum is closed every Tuesday, and on Sunday, it’s only open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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