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Museo Cerralbo, Madrid

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#5 of 69 in Historic Sites in Madrid
Art Museum Historic Site
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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  • This is a noble family's house that has been donated as a museum. The rooms are as they originally were or restored. The family owned an impressive amount of art and historical artifacts. Gives an exc...  more »
  • Cerralbo is a stunning mansion filled with beautiful objects. It isn't one of the top attractions in Madrid but it is well worth the time to view and appreciate this magnificent home.  more »
  • If you are not Spanish this museum represents better value that the Prado. It is absolutely amazing. It is just as if the occupants have walked out and left it. There is so much to see across the spec...  more »
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  • Interesting collection and an attractive palace--takes about ninety minutes to fully appreciate. The guidebook provided by the admission desk is particularly laudable in its detail. Free if you own the very reasonably priced annual Madrid museum pass (which also includes priority admission to the Prado and Reina Sofia).
  • This stunning palace is one of the most beautiful museums in Madrid. It isn't crowded. At the ticket office they give you a guidebook to explore and understand the palace and his owner. The visit is about 1:30 long and it's reccomended. You can also take photos, this is not allowed in other museum like the Prado.
  • This is the kind of place you can GET YOUR SWAG ON like oh my goodness what an insane mansion. Decadence is its middle name. Super dank textiles and chandeliers out the ass. Amazing clock collection that goes off every half hour as well. Cuckoo!!!
  • A fantastic little museum/palace. When seen from the outside you really do not expect to see such extravagance. Also the museum still contains most of the original furniture & furnishings which give it a very authentic feel. I real must see.
  • Old mansion that has been converted to a museum. Lots of very interesting art pieces still arranged the way that the owner I tended! Definitely go here if you have the time to

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