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Museo Cerralbo, Madrid
(4.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
The Marquis of Cerralbo loved to collect items from the many museums he visited across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and today his Museo Cerralbo is home to some 50,000 objects. Inside the Marquis' former palace, view paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, tapestries, furniture, antique coins, drawings, engravings, clocks, arms, armor, and artifacts. The museum offers a few options for guided visits: an audio guide, a professional guide, or a volunteer cultural guide. The latter is available on a limited schedule, so check to see if volunteers are offering their service during your visit. Use our Madrid travel itinerary planner to visit Museo Cerralbo on your trip to Madrid, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The museum is situated immediately behind the plaza España, actually it's a huge house where you will get a glimpse in the life of one of the residents. Impressive, very much mirrors, everywhere, lots of art, walls that are entirely filled with mirrors and paintings, furniture with all kinds of collections, an impressive library, a ballroom, a bathroom from a time that there is hardly any bathrooms. A billardkamer. Really very impressive. Ideal for 1 to 2 hours to stay and for the cost (3 euros) not to let you do this.
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  • Located in a Palace in the Centre of Madrid, very well connected. The amount of objects is impressive exposed of all kinds, paintings, sculptures, miniatures, furniture, antique weapons, etc. It surprised me a lot.
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  • This museum is very interesting, even if the times are binding, it is really worth to be visited. The price is ridiculous and it has an explanatory booklet. This museum is very interesting, even if the schedule is restraining, it is worth a visit. The price of admission is low and you are given year explanatory booklet.
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  • Cerralbo is one on our favourite museums in the city, with an eclectic collection of art, weaponry, furniture... all in this beautiful mansion that preserves history just as it was. The ballroom will blow you away. A definite must-visit!
  • This museum is special because you pretty much get to see how the super wealthy used to live in Spain. More specifically, how the Marquis of Cerralbo used to live, and the rather incredible collection of things from ornamental clocks (there are some beautiful clocks on display!) to great pieces of armour he had amassed. Like many visitors before me, the stairs leading up to the upper floors is one of my favourite parts of the house (it's so grand and beautiful), and make sure to admire the ball room and the corridors, with every inch of these wall nearly completely covered in something ornamental- but you'll find that it is very fitting to the overall aesthetic of the house. At 3 Euros per person (1.50 if you have a valid student card -international cards also accepted) the entrance fee is very reasonable. There are plenty of lockers for you to leave your bags as you walk through the house/museum- you actually must store away any bulky items because some parts of the house is quite narrow with many items on display. To avoid disappointment, be sure to make your way to the museum's official website to check the dates the museum may be closed.
  • Off the beaten path of Madrid, Nineteenth century palace with a great collection, one of those small must visiting museums in Madrid.
  • “Don't miss this little gem” Before going to the Royal Palace we stopped by the Ceralbo for a visit. What a pleasant surprise. Beautiful house with fantastic furniture, rooms, porcelains, paintings and object du arts. And if I recall correctly, it was a real bargain price for entry.
  • Fantastic museum with most impressive private collection of paintings, armoury, royal jewellery and furniture. The ballroom was simply breathtaking. The staff was very welcoming and knowledgeable. Best 3€ ever spent!