Over the next few minutes we hope you all will be learning a whole lot about art in Madrid. Local galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be broken down in depth on this page.
We will kick this off by getting right into the best Madrid Art Galleries and Museums where you will encounter some of the top exhibitions and collections the world has to offer. After that you will learn where you can buy art supplies at the best stores near you.
Events, festivals, and shows held throughout the year will be the topic of our next section. Art walking tours and unique statues and sculptures around the city can be a great way to get some sun and culture at the same time.
Art classes and lessons in your area definitely deserve a shout out and there are classes for both kids and adults that are available. Or if you don’t want any lessons you can start your next project right now at a local art studio for rent.
We will wrap this up by getting into the best shops for framing around town. Towards the end there is even our FindArtNearYou map that will make it a lot easier to figure out how to get to all of the venues we are listing.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Madrid
You will see some of the greatest collections the world has ever known when you visit the best art galleries and museums in Madrid:
- Museo Nacional del Prado at Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía at Calle Santa Isabel 52
- Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza at Paseo del Prado 8
- Museo de América at Avda de los Reyes Católicos 6
- Museo Sorolla at Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37
- Museo Lázaro Galdiano at Serrano 122
- Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas at Montalbán 12
- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo at Calle del Conde Duque 9
- Museo Cerralbo at Ventura Rodríguez 17
- Sala Alcalá 31 at Calle De Alcalá 31
- Museo Abc at Amaniel 29-31
- Matadero Madrid Centro De Creación Contemporánea at Plaza de Legazpi 8
- Museo del Romanticismo at San Mateo 13
The Museo Nacional del Prado is widely considered to have one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Among the highlights that you can see from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and until 7pm on Sunday are numerous works by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.
Currently the collection contains approximately 8,200 drawings, thousands of paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures. You can visit the museum for free Monday through Saturday from 6pm to 8pm or Sundays and holidays from 5pm to 7pm.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is one of the world’s largest museums for modern and contemporary art and it is mainly dedicated to local Spanish art. Some of the standouts at the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th-century masters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí and the museum’s most famous masterpiece is Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica. It is closed on Tuesday but maintains regular hours of 10am to 9pm the rest of the week except Sunday when they close at 2:30pm.
They have a competition where you can create your own version of one of the paintings from the collection that they choose with prizes ranging from €300 to €700 and a special prize of €2,500. A variety of activities are also available including artist talks, workshops, film screenings, and lectures.
The collections of the Museo de América range from the Paleolithic period to the present day and cover the entire Americas arts, archaeology, and ethnography. Head over from 9:30am to 3pm most days but on Thursday they don’t close until 7pm and they are closed all day Monday.
Museo Sorolla is also closed on Monday with normal hours of 9:30am to 8pm throughout the week other than Sunday when you can check it out from 10am to 3pm. It features works by Joaqun Sorolla and members of his family including his daughter Elena.
The Museo Lázaro Galdiano houses José Lázaro Galdiano’s personal collection of over 12,000 items. The museum also holds important collections of Iberian and Visigothic art along with paintings by George Romney, John Constable, Nicolaes Maes, Erasmus Quellinus II, Giulio Clovio, Bernardo Cavallino, Francisco de Goya, and many others which you can take a look at from 10am to 3pm every day but Monday.
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas is one of the oldest museums in your area and houses over 70,000 pieces with an emphasis on the 16th and 17th centuries but once again don’t visit on Monday when they are closed.
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Madrid is free to enter and their collection consists primarily of paintings and graphic works but sculptures, photography, and drawings are also represented. Workshops, temporary exhibitions, conferences, courses, theatrical performances, music concerts, and other activities are available every day except Monday when they are closed.
Museo Cerralbo is home to Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa’s art and historical object collections with nearly 25,000 pieces including some by Jacopo Tintoretto, Jacopo Palma the Younger, El Greco, Ludovico Carracci, Alonso Cano, Zurbarán, and Luis Paret along with Oriental, Chinese, and Japanese art. They provide free admission to the public on Saturdays at 2pm, Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, and every Sunday. Their normal hours are 9:30am to 3pm but they open 30 minutes late on Sunday and on Thursdays have those free to enter nights.
Sala Alcalá 31 hosts a series of free and open to the public contemporary art exhibitions and activities near you. Check them out from 11am to 8:30pm daily except Monday when they are closed and Sunday when they close early at 2pm.
Museo ABC is dedicated to drawing and illustration with over 200,000 items in its collection. The museum is free to enter from 11am to 8pm most days other than Monday when they are closed and Sunday when they are open from 10am to 2pm. Donations are accepted and workshops for all ages, a summer camp for kids, live music, and a book night are just a few of the many activities available.
Museo del Romanticismo houses over 17,000 pieces of art including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, photography, and decorative works including the Satires of Romantic Suicide by Leonardo Alenza which is one of the collection’s highlights. You can enter for free every Saturday from 2pm onwards, all day Sunday, and on other public holidays and their normal hours are from 9:30am to 8:30pm but like many other places on this list don’t go on Monday and on Sunday they are only open 10am to 3pm.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials near you are:
- Writers Madrid at De La Luna 19
- Chopo at Calle Colegiata 16
- Tienda Bellas Artes Jer at Calle de Hortaleza 72
- Topaz at Plaza de Perú 5
- La Casa del Artista at Calle de German Pérez Carrasco 2
- Artisa at Plaza de Mondariz 3
- Artematica at José Antonio de Armona 8
- Corzón at Calle de la Alameda 11
Writers Madrid is a graffiti store that sells all kinds of spray paints, markers, and inks.
Chopo has three stores in town, all of which offer local art workshops and classes.
Tienda Bellas is the oldest art supply store near you and it provides materials to anyone who wants to express their creativity.
With 30 years of experience in the fine arts, decorative arts, and crafts sectors Topaz is a reliable supply store that also teaches decorative painting, oil painting, silk painting, jewelry making, and textile painting.
La Casa del Artista, Artisa, and Corzón all offer custom framing services.
Shows, Festivals, & Events
Some of the top local art shows, festivals, and events would be:
- Arco Madrid in February
- Los Veranos De La Villa from July to August
- White Nights Festival in September
Arco Madrid is a Spanish international contemporary art fair that takes place every February and features over 1,300 artists and 200 galleries from 30 countries.
The summer festival Los Veranos De La Villa runs from July to August and brings together creators from all over the world to show off their most recent works to the general public. There will be over 50 activities that take place across the city spanning a wide variety of shows including music, dance, film, opera, theatre, zarzuela, and many more.
For one night a year the city transforms into a hub for numerous events related to arts and culture for the White Nights Festival. Free concerts, theatrical and contemporary performances, circus shows, exhibitions, and movie projections all take place and this great event is usually held in early to mid-September and is free for everyone.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
You can buy or sell works or find out the real value of a piece that is already in your collection if you go to art dealers and appraisers in your area like:
- Gunter Gallery at Calle de Velarde 14
- Caylus Anticuario at Calle del Conde de Aranda 24
- Hans Hoetink Fine Art at Calle de Serrano Anguita 7
- Rafael Lozano Art Consulting at Caclle de Velázquez 27
Located in the heart of the Arts District Gunter Gallery specializes in publishing and selling graphic art by emerging creators.
Contemporary art, objects, and antiques can all be purchased at Hans Hoetink Fine Art who also rents out works.
Rafael Lozano Art Consulting can buy or manage the sale of private paintings while also providing a wide range of services including managing the certificate of authenticity of any work, curating exhibitions, and conducting appraisals.
When the weather is nice go see some cool art on one of these walking tours:
- Cooltourspain at Calle de Carrion de los Condes 77
- Private Madrid Museum Tours at Calle Pedro Muguruza 7
Taking a tour with Cooltourspain is a great way to see the city from a new perspective and you will learn about the history behind each mural in the Lavapiés or Malasaa districts in a social, cultural, and educational way. The meeting point is Theater Valle Inclán.
Private Madrid Museum Tours provide personalized tours to individuals that include visits to the top museums near you and also visits to the city’s most notable landmarks.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Dolmen de Dalí at Plaza Salvador Dalí 15
- El Oso y el Madroño at Puerta del Sol 1
- Monumento a la Reina Isabel I la Católica at Paseo de la Castellana 80
- Mujer con Espejo at Calle de Génova 30
- Monumento a Velázquez at Paseo del Prado 11
Salvador Dali designed the Dolmen de Dali which was unveiled in 1986 and can be found in the Salamanca District of Madrid near the Goya tube station in front of the Palacio de los Deportes.
The sculptor Antonio Navarro Santafé created El Oso y el Madroño at the request of the Spanish government and it was inaugurated in 1967 in the Puerta del Sol Square.
Monumento a la Reina Isabel I la Católica was built in 1958 and it is located in a little known park on Paseo de la Castellana.
Mujer con Espejo is a sculpture by Fernando Botero who donated it to the city in 1994.
The Monumento a Velázquez is located in front of the Prado Museum’s main entrance and it was sculpted by artist Aniceto Marinas and unveiled on June 14th, 1899.
Madrid Art Classes
Some of the best local art schools and classes for kids, teens, or adults are:
- DeGranero at Calle de Méjico 15
- Lens Escuela De Artes Visuales at Paseo de la Esperanza 5
- El Enclave Academia de Arte at Calle de la Farmacia 6
- Pentimento Espacio de Arte at Calle de Ponzano 102
- Academia de Pintura DeCinti Villalón at Calle Santa Feliciana 19
- Escuela de Arte la Palma at Calle de la Palma 46
Drawing, painting, and photography classes are available to students of all ages and skill levels at DeGranero where classes are tailored to the individual needs of each student and you can join at any time.
Lens Escuela De Artes Visuales provides comprehensive training programs in photography and film at all levels. They offer specialized courses that will allow you to obtain a university degree granted by the European University Miguel de Cervantes.
Painting, drawing, and sculpture classes for all ages are available at Pentimento Espacio de Arte who has a wide range of lessons including afternoon classes for children, art history, themed workshops, and summer camps.
Students of all skill levels can take painting and drawing classes at Academia de Pintura DeCinti Villalón where outdoor painting, the little master program for children aged 6 to 12, and even intensive international courses for tourists who wish to learn how to paint while in Spain are available.
There are classes in sculptural and mural techniques at Escuela de Arte La Palma and students can earn official degrees of middle or higher degree in plastic arts and design after completing their studies.
Chopo and Topaz are a couple of art supply stores in your area who we mentioned earlier and that also offer lessons.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these art studios:
- Manual Casa Creativa at Calle de Zurita 43
- Omnivorous Workshop at Calle Sierra de Segura 22
- Atelier Solar at Calle de Arturo Soria 39
A frame can take works to that next level and some of the best shops for picture and art framing in Madrid are:
- Cuadrilongo at Calle del Labrador 14
- Marcos Latina at Plaza del Gral Vara de Rey 4
- Cuadros Y Marcos at Calle de Gutierre de Cetina 105
- Arte Siglo XX at Calle de Quintana 2
Cuadros Y Marcos is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm.
In addition to custom framing Arte Siglo XX sells custom mirrors and cornucopias and provides restoration services.
La Casa del Artista, Artisa, and Corzón from our supply store list also do quality picture and art framing near you.
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