Museo Cerralbo (Madrid)

This museum, one of the most important in Madrid, is also one of its least well-known. Located in what used to be the stately home of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, visitors to the museum are transported back in time to experience what life was like for an aristocratic family in late 19th-century Madrid.

The classical style Palace, decorated with Neo-Baroque and Rococo elements, was designed with a dual purpose, as a home and a museum, headquarters of the works of art collected by the Marquis of Cerralbo and his children, the Marquises of Villa-Huerta, during their many trips in Spain and Europe. Therefore, the museum is made up of over 50,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, tapestry, furniture, coins, medals, drawings, stamps, clocks, weapons, armour and archaeological objects...

The Marquis of Cerralbo donated this property to the nation, setting up the Cerralbo Museum, so that his collections live on “together and can be used for study by science and art lovers”.

Given that it is a palace-house, the different objects on display do not have any informative signs about the exhibited items (except those signs placed by the Marquis himself), during the visit, the museum offers a notebook with information and the most outstanding pieces, which is available in Spanish, English, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, German and Chinese. (

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