Ines Cano Uribe, BSc Psychology, loves to travel; and she has had the privilege of visiting a few amazing countries for work and pleasure. Below are her recommendations for free sights to see in Madrid for the budget-conscious traveler.
Museo del Prado
The Prado Museum is one of the three most famous museums in Madrid within the “Golden Triangle of Art Museums.” The other two are Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza; each one only about a ten-minute walk away from the other.
The Prado Museum is home to famous pieces by Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, as well as collections from Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez, and El Greco. The best part is that you can visit it for free during these times:
- Mondays – Saturdays, from 6 pm to 8 pm
- Sundays, from 5 pm to 8 pm
- ALL DAY on May 2, October 12, November 19, and December 6
This museum is for those who love modern art. Its most prized possession is Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” the painter’s depiction of the bombing of Guernica by German Nazis. The mural-sized oil-on-canvas painting was first shown to the public during the “Paris International Exposition” in 1937.
Some of Dalí’s works are also on display here. The admission is free on these days:
- Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 7 pm to 9 pm (the museum is closed on Tuesdays)
- Sundays, from 10 am to 2:30 pm
This used to house one of the largest private art collections in the world, but is now home to pop art collections from the 13th to the 20th century. Thyssen-Bornemisza completes the trio of the “Golden Triangle of Art Museums” on Paseo del Prado.
Admission is free every Monday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Other free sights that you can visit include the following:
- Palacio Real – free on Wednesdays
- Museo Tiflológico (Blind Museum) – always free
- Museo Taurino (bullfighting museum) – always free
- Museo Naval de Madrid (seafaring museum) – always free
- Museo Archeológico Nacional (archeological museum) – always free
- Museo de la Ciudad (history of Madrid) – always free
You can also go on a walking tour of the city to view its magnificent architecture.
Ines Cano Uribe also recommends visiting the official website of the museums mentioned here to view their updated schedules or changes in free admission.