Amongst the many high-end shops located in the Salamanca neighborhood are a plethora of must see museums. Whether you’re in Madrid for a few months or just a short weekend, your itinerary should include a visit to at least one of these awe-inspiring museums.
The culturally-rich district of Salamanca is home to museums such as the Museo Arqueológico Nacional (MAN) (National Archeological Museum), Museo Lázaro Galdiano (Lázaro Galdiano Museum), Fundación Manuel Benedito (Manuel Benedito Foundation), and Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de La Castellana (Castilian Outdoor Sculpture Museum). You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the pleasantries of these museums and their enticing exhibitions.
To begin, the Museo Arqueológico Nacional focuses its displays on archeological artifacts from various cultures instead of decorative arts that you would find in places like the Prado Museum in central Madrid. Material artifacts by themselves can tell fascinating stories about how our ancestors lived and worked. Ancient objects from Celtic, Iberian, Greek and Roman civilizations are represented at
the MAN along with many others.
Some of the featured pieces are a replica of the Altamira cave, the Lady of Elche, Bull of Osuna, Mausoleum of Pozo Moro, Pyxis of Zamora, and beautiful vases that were originally intended for the Alhambra in Southern Spain.
Address: Calle de Serrano, 13
Just down the street from the MAN is where you will find an exquisite mansion that houses the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. This museum contains the art collection of José Lázaro Galdiano and is said to be the both the biggest and most influential compilation in all of Spain. Nearing 12,000 items, the collection includes works by Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, and Zurbarán.
Address: Calle de Serrano, 122
Next up is the Fundación Manuel Benedito. As you might guess, this museum is comprised of the paintings by Manuel Benedito. The Fundación’s location was the artist’s former home-studio where he created many infamous portraits of numerous Spanish elite society members. Check out the museum in order to see its latest edition by Benedito – “Boceto del Infierno” (Sketch of Hell).
Address: Calle de Juan Bravo, 4
After spending your morning inside these before mentioned museums, it’s certainly high time to soak up the Madrid sunshine and observe the various pieces in the Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de La Castellana. This museum is an outdoor sculpture garden that is located underneath bridge that connects the streets of Eduardo Dato and Juan Bravo. This public art museum includes a waterfall and work by both Chillida and Miró. What better way to end your museum tour than with observing these abstract pieces? They will sure leave you speechless, and maybe… hungry? Did someone say tapas?
Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 40