{Spain} Museo Cerralbo

May 21, 2016


100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.51

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Museo Cerralbo is another museum in Madrid, that came recommended to me via my followers on Twitter. I knew little about it but trusted the recommendation, and oh my goodness, what an amazing place it was! The museum houses houses the collection of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa (1845 – 1922), Marquis of Cerralbo, a municipality in western Spain. It opened in 1944, and is located in the former residence of its founder. It is one of the few examples in Madrid of a 19th-century mansion which preserves its original décor, and a must-see for learning about the lifestyle of the aristocracy in Madrid in the late 19th century and the early 20th century.

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In order to keep the authenticity of the rooms being someone’s personal home, no information or text panels about the objects that can be seen are provided, beyond any signs the Marquis himself arranged. However, you can download a PDF room guide in English if you plan ahead for your visit. I did not (I only discovered the download as I was checking a few details for this blog post), but I still enjoyed going around and seeing all the lavish rooms. Here are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of what it is like, though it really is one of those ‘you have to see it for yourself in real life’ kind of places!

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Museo Cerralbo is open Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays and some public holidays. Full admission is 3 Euros, with concessions available and free entry to various groups including children under 18, students under 25 and seniors over 25, and free entry for all on Saturdays from 2pm. Up to date details on opening hours and admission prices can be found on the museum website.

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