Posted by: kmgib | November 20, 2008

See Madrid: Museums

Studying Abroad in Madrid? I know you will be jet setting all over Europe while studying abroad, but don’t forget to explore the city you are living in.


The best way to get oriented in the city is to take the bus as much as possible. Madrid has a fantastic metro and bus system. I recommend buying a multiple day pass for the metro. It works on the subway and buses, and you will save money in the long run.


There’s so much to see in Madrid, it would be impossible to do in a day. But if you’re spending the semester here or just a weekend, here are some essentials to see.

Museums: Don’t forget to check when they are free. That’s right, many museums are free to the public on certain days. And students always get a discounted rate, so carry your international student ID with you. This is true in other countries as well, not only Spain.

Museo del Prado-It is considered one of the most important art galleries in the world. It has works by El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Raphael and more.


Museo Thyssen Bornemisza– It is a very diverse collection of artwork from old to contemporary. This is my favorite art museum because it has such a diverse collection of artwork.


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia-
It has a large collection of contemporary art and a permanent Picasso exhibit.


One of the most famous paintings in this museum is Guernica, which represents the bombing of the city in Northern Spain.


Museo de America– This is personally my favorite museum because you see discoveries in the Americas from the perspective of the colonizers. Plus there is a fantastic view of the city from the hill it’s located on.


Museo Sorolla– It’s close to the International Institute where you will be studying in Madrid. It’s a few blocks away, and it’s only a euro or two to get in.


Prado and Museo Thyssen Bornemisza photos are from my personal collection.


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