Housed in a striking seventeenth century mansion in central Madrid, the Museo de Cerralbo is one of the most important in the city, although it is not very well-known. The palazzo is beautifully decorated and nicely preserved. While you visit the building, you’ll get the feeling that time has stopped and you’ll discover how a noble family from Madrid lived during the late nineteenth century.
The Museum’s private collection is considered to be one of Spain’s most prominent and complete collections. It is made up of over 50,000 objects and includes paintings, sculptures, antiques, carpets, coins, clocks, weapons and archaeological objects, all of which were owned by the Marquis of Cerralbo and his family.
Cerralbo is an exceptional museum. It offers an authentic vision of how the aristocracy in Madrid lived at the end of the nineteenth century. It is one of the few palazzos that still maintains intact its furnishing, so visitors can get a real sense of how splendorous the 1800s were.
All visitors will be welcomed by a grandiose hallway and outstanding marble staircase that leads to the first floor.
The museum has a sumptuous decoration which reflected the social position of its owners. The first floor is one of the most remarkable levels of the palazzo. It is where the residents organized balls, parties and receptions.
This floor houses an impressive dining room for guests, an armory, study, library and bathroom, which was one of the few lavatories with running water at that time in Madrid. One of the highlights is the ballroom, where numerous evening dances took place.
This floor has direct access to the building’s garden. It is where the family usually spent most of their time. Unfortunately, this part of the mansion no longer holds its original decoration, so it’s a little less interesting. However, it features several exhibitions.
Calle Ventura Rodríguez, 17.
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 3pm (Thursday until 8pm).
Sundays and public holidays: 10am – 3pm.
Youth under 18, students less than 25 and seniors over 65: 1,5€
Free admission: Saturdays from 2pm, Thursday from 5pm – 8pm and Sundays.
Buses: , 2, 3, 44, 46, 74, 75, 133, 147, 148, C1 and C2.
Metro: Ventura Rodríguez (L3), Plaza de España (L3 and L10), Noviciado (L2) and Príncipe Pío (L6 and L10).
RENFE trains: Príncipe Pío lines C1, C7 and C10.