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Visit the museums in Madrid for free

Madrid is a city with many attractions. Among these must-see places, there are a wide range of museums, some with great international recognition. While it is true that you have to pay some money to enjoy these museums, there is the possibility of visiting free ones on specific dates and times. It is common for some museums to offer free entry on days like 18th May (International Museum Day), or national holidays such as 12th October or 6th December.

The so-called Triangle of Art (Triángulo del Arte), which includes important art galleries such as Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia, are a major tourist attraction in the capital, with millions of people from around the world visiting them every year. Each of these important museums offers visitors the opportunity to enter them for free.

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In the case of Prado Museum, the most important national art gallery, the doors are open for free Monday to Saturday, between 6pm to 8pm and on Sundays and national holidays from 5pm to 7pm, with long queues forming during these times. Apart from that, there are special circumstances that allow free admission for disabled people and students aged between 18 and 25.
The National Centre of Art Reina Sofia Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) is also open for free from Monday to Saturday from 7pm to 9pm and on Sundays from 1.30pm to 7pm and other specific days, while the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers free visits to its permanent collection every Monday from noon to 4pm.

The list of Madrid museums is endless, so we have only mentioned some of them, including the Archaeological Museum, which opens for free on Saturdays from 2pm and Sunday mornings. The Sorolla Museum, also another free gallery opens from 2pm every Saturday and Sunday, or the Museum of America, which allows free entry during Sunday mornings. In any case, the museums that charge an admission fee also have their own advantages so it is always advisable to inquire about them before visiting.

We must also bear in mind that, in addition to these museums with specific schedules and special days, Madrid has many other interesting museums that have always opened their doors free of charge for all visitors. Some of our highlights include Casa de la Moneda, Geominero Museum, la Casa Museo Lope de Vega, el Museo Naval, el Observatorio Astronómico, La Fundación Juan March and the precious Temple of Debod, an Egyptian jewel in Madrid.

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