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Madrid Museums

THE PALACIO REAL (ROYAL PALACE).- It includes two centuries of Spanish history. It is one of the best places in Europe. Apart from its architecture, the collections of porcelain, tapestries, furniture, armor and paintings are outstanding. Bailen s/n. Tel: 541 08 76

ARMERÍA REAL (ROYAL ARSENAL) AND THE MUSEUM OF CARRIAGES.- There is a magnificent collection of weapons and armor and of old horsedrawn coaches and harnesses. It is visited together with the Royal Palace.

CONVENTO DE LAS DESCALZAS REALES.- It was founded in the 16th c. and has a valuable collection of paintings, carvings and tapestries. Plaza de Las Descalzas Reales. Tel: 521 27 79

MUSEO ARQUELÓGICO (ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM).- There are collections of prehistoric objects as well as of objects from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times. A sculpture of the "Dama de Elche". Coins and ceramics of all times. A faithful reproduction of the Altamira Caves (Santillana del Mar, Cantabria). Serrano, 13. Tel: 577 79 12

LÁZARO GALDIANO MUSEUM.- There are 37 rooms with paintings of Spanish masters, early Flemish masters, the Italian, French and British Schools. Collections include jewels, ceramics, enamels, coins, silver objects, ivory, carvings and furniture. Serrano, 122. Tel: 561 6084

MUSEO DE LA ACADEMIA DE BELLAS ARTES DE SAN FERNANDO (ARTS MUSEUM).- Collections include Spanish paintings of all periods: Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, Vicente López, Sorolla, etc. Alcal, 13. Tel: 522 14 91.

ERMITA DE SAN ANTONIO (A HERMITAGE).- The frescoes covering the cupola and vault are masterpieces by Goya and are part of the fundamental works of Spanish painting. The painter's tomb Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida, s/n. Tel: 542 07 22.

MUSEO ROMÁNTICO (MUSEUM OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD).- A collection of furniture and paintings reminiscent of the second third of the 19 c. San Mateo, 13. Tel: 448 10 71

MUSEO DE CIENCIAS NATURALES (NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM).- Collections of Zoology, Geology, Paleontology and Entomology. Paseo de la Castellana, 82. Tel: 561 86 00

MUSEO ESPAÑOL DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO (SPANISH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART).- Temporary exhibitions of great interest are organized from time to time. Avda. Juan de Herrera, 2. University City. Tel: 549 71 50.

MUSEO MUNICIPAL (CITY MUSEUM).- There are all manner of artistic objects related to the history of Madrid: paintings, porcelain, maps, etchings, photographs. Fuencarral, 78. Tel: 588 86 72.

MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTES DECORATIVAS (NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS).- 62 rooms with ceramics, furniture and other popular decorative elements from everywhere in Spain. Montalbán, 12. Tel: 532 64 99.

SOROLLA STUDIO AND MUSEUM.- Paintings and sketches are shown in the house where the painter lived. General Martínez Campos, 37. Tel: 310 15 84.

Most of the museums are closed on holidays, including on January 1st, on Monday Thursday and Good Friday, on November 1st, on December 24th, 25th and 31st, as well as on Mondays. Opening times, which in some cases may vary, are generally from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., either without closing or closing during the lunch hours. On Sundays, visiting times are limited exclusively to the morning.

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