|wow, there's really no one here!|
I've had this place on my "to see" list for 12 years. It's highlighted in the guidebook I had when I was here on exchange as an 18 year-old. Back then, it was closed for renovations, and then I kind of forgot about it. It came back into my mind when Tweedle N asked, "Hey, are there any other palaces around here?" (I guess her number for visiting the royal palace is one). Anyway, a quick search online turned up Museo Cerralbo, which is not a palace but a lovely 18th century mansion-museum, which also happens to be in my neighbourhood.
The house was designed to showcase the owner's (Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, Marques de Cerralbo) private collection. He donated the house and its furnishings, ranging from wonderful to weird, to the state in 1924. Pretty generous, if you ask me. 3 euro entry and you can borrow a guide book for free, it's a steal (the palace charges 9, audio guide not included, and the pricey books are larger than Bibles - not really great for touring). It's closed all day Mondays, and during the rest of the week from 1500 to 1700 for lunch and siesta time.
|view of gran via from the lookout|
|Caudel by Daniel Canogar, source|
It's called Touching the Sky, by Kaarina Kaikkonen, and is on loan from the Finnish Embassy. Kind of reminds me of Tall Guy's closet.
|visigoth broach, source|
Sometimes I really miss England and Canada and Germany - like when I visit a museum and want to know what something is, or check the website for opening hours. Enter, MAN. I did make it to this Archaeological Museum 12 years ago, but then it closed for major renovations. It now has well written labels and a visitor-friendly layout. The website is also strong and lists, prepare to be amazed, correct visitor information that is available in five languages. And... they've got an app.
Good job, Madrid, you are now entering the Age of Internet.
I'm also very excited about their public programming, something strong in private museums but not public ones until now. Lectures, concerts, tours, a piece of the month, school and family visits, I am pumped!
It's free on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings (otherwise, 3 euro, very reasonable), closed on Mondays, and does not close other days for lunch and siesta.