Which Museums in Madrid Have Free Entry?

Paying for museum entry? Pfft!

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Museo del Prado. Sylvain Sonnet / Getty Images

A list of museums in Madrid that have free entry all day, every day (apart from the Prado, which is only free for part of the day).

See also: Top 10 Free Things to Do in Madrid

Museo del Prado

Officially Spain's most popular tourist sight and now free (for a limited time) every day! The Museo del Prado is Spain's premier art gallery, housing the finest works of art Spain has ever produced.

Address: Paseo del Prado s/n, 28014 Madrid
Metro: Atocha
When is it free? 6 pm until 8 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 5 pm until 8 pm every Sunday.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Reina Sofia is Madrid's world-famous modern art gallery - and it really does have free entry at weekends. That means you can see many works by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso - including the latter's masterpiece, the Guernica - completely free. Also free Saturday afternoons.

Address: Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid
Metro: Atocha
When is it free? Sunday mornings (10am-2.30pm) and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Museo Taurino

Madrid's bullfighting museums is a must if you have an interest in bullfighting, especially if you aren't going to be able to get to see a bullfight while you're in town.

Address: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, Alcalá 237
Metro: Ventas
When is it free?  Always

Museo Naval de Madrid

Madrid's seafaring museum has naval artefacts from the 15th century up to present day, including remains from the Battle of Trafalgar.

Address: Paseo del Prado 5, 28014 Madrid
Metro: Banco de España
When is it free? Always

Madrid Blind Museum (Museo Tiflológico)

The Museo Tiflológico is Madrid's Blind Museum, maintained by ONCE, the Spanish blind association. Not so much about the blind as for them - which means lots of touchy-feely exhibits that anyone can enjoy.

A bit different from the average museum.

Address: c/La Coruña, n 18, Madrid
Metro: Estrecho
When is it free? Always

Panteon de Goya (Goya's Tomb)

The great Spanish painter's final resting place, with many of his works also on display.

Address: Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 5 28008
Metro: Principe Pio
When is it free? 

Museo Archeológico Nacional

An above-average archaeological museum, with its main attraction being a replica of a prehistoric cave.

Address: c/ Serrano 13, Madrid, Spain
Metro: Serrano/Retiro
When is it free? Always

Museo de la Ciudad

Museum about the history of Madrid, from prehistoric times to present day.

Address: Príncipe de Vergara, 140 Madrid, 28002
Metro: Cruz del Rayo
When is it free? Always

Madrid History Museum

Formerly the Municipal Museum.

Address CALLE FUENCARRAL, 78, 28004.
Metro: Tribunal
When is it free? Always

Museo de San Isidro

Another museum dedicated to the history of Madrid, this time dedicated to the city before it became capital of Spain (when it was just a small provincial town).

Address: Plaza de San Andrés 2, 28005
Metro: Tirso de Molina/La Latina
When is it free? Always

Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo

Contemporary paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Madrid artists.

Address: Conde Duque 11, 28015
Metro: Noviciado
When is it free? Always

Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Monastery in the absolute center of Madrid (between Sol and Gran Via) with a number of religious artifacts, tapestries and paintings.

Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales 3, 28013, Madrid
Metro: Sol/Gran Via/Callao
When is it free? Wednesdays

Palacio Real

The royal residence and gardens.

Address: c/ Bailen, s/n, Madrid
Metro: Opera
When is it free? Wednesdays

Museo Lazaro Galdiano

Works by Goya, Velázquez and El Greco, among others. If you've already done Madrid's top three museums  and are looking for a fourth museum of fine art - you've found it.

Address: c/ Serrano 122, 28006 Madrid.
Metro: Rubén Darío/Gregorio Marañón
When is it free? Wednesdays

Museo del Traje (Garment Museum)

Museum chronicling the history of Spanish fashion.

Address: Avenida de Juan de Herrera 2, Madrid, 28040.
Metro: Ciudad Universidad
When is it free? Saturdays and Sundays

Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum)

It's a railway museum, which means its a museum - about railways. Closed in August.

Address: Museo del Ferrocarril, Pº Delicias 61 - 28045
Metro: Delicias
When is it free? Saturdays

Museo Archeológico Nacional

An above-average archaeological museum, with its main attraction being a replica of a prehistoric cave. Also free on Saturdays.

Address: c/ Serrano 13, Madrid, Spain
Metro: Serrano/Retiro
When is it free? Sundays

Museo de América

It was the Spanish who 'discovered' the Americas, and this fact is commemorated in this museum. Also goes some way to examining their pre-colonial history.

Address: Avda Reyes Católicos 6, 28040, Madrid
Metro: Moncloa
When is it free? Sundays

Museo de Artes Decorativas

Museum of decorative arts, from Roman times to present day.

Address: C/ Montalbán, 12.
Metro: Banco de España
When is it free? Sundays

Museo Sorolla

The work of Joaqua Sorolla, a Valencian painter, on display in the studio where he painted them and the house where he lived.

Address: Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37 Madrid, 28010
When is it free? 

Museo Romántico

Museum of 18th-century Spanish art.

Address: C/ Calle de San Mateo 13, 28004 Madrid
Metro: Tribunal
When is it free? Sundays