Madrid is a cultural hub, this we know. From the Reina Sofia, the Prado, Thyssen and ABC; there’s literally something for everyone here. Art is a cultural staple in Madrid, and it’s deeply ingrained in Spanish and European history. As a result there are museums, galleries, and art houses throughout the city. Some are more well-known than others. Some cost money, others are free. Some of them have an open and wide timetable, whereas others only open a few hours a day. We’d like to point out that famous doesn’t always mean best. There are several smaller museums and galleries that host marvelous artists and expositions that some times fall under the radar. We’d like to spotlight one museum in particular: Fundación Telefónica. Yes, just like the telephone company! They have a space right on Gran Vía / Fuencarral. It’s huge! But unfortunately, it often goes unnoticed by the hundreds of shoppers pushing past to make it to the shops on the famous pedestrian only street.
Why is Fundación Telefónica our favorite free museum?
It’s centrally located right in Gran Via
It has an open layout with high ceilings
They spotlight amateur artists with their Instagram photograph wall
The elevator is big and clear!
It’s interactive and technology driven. No boring paintings here!
They do quality control surveys regularly with their guests
Each exposition has its own floor, so they get their spotlight
The expositions are always changing
The exhibits are great for both children and adults (or adult children)
In their sitting area, there are bright, colorful chairs that make for a great chill out spot
There’s a café where you can have a coffee or cake if you want
They also sell books and memorabilia on site
It’s popular, but not over-run with tourists or super long lines
And if we haven’t mentioned it enough: it’s a free museum
What can you see at Fundación Telefónica?
Currently (as of January 2016)
Theo Jansen y Sus Criaturas Asombrosas:
This exhibit from Dutch artist and inventor is extraordinary! He takes pipe, plastic, paper, and creates larger than life creatures that are capable of walking and moving on their own! For more information on this exposition, click here!
Jules Verne The limits of the imagination:
This fantastic exposition goes into the life of Jules Verne and highlights his characters, books, and inventions. If you’re a fan of literature, travel, or simply have a case of wanderlust, this is a great exposition to check out!
History of Telecommunication:
Remember that Sidekick cellphone you were so proud to rock back in the early 2000’s? What about the big heavy dial phones from the 80’s and 90’s? What better place to explore the history of telecommunications than at a telephone company?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our piece on free museums in Madrid; however, we also have a list of when exactly the paid museums offer free hours of entry! See, there’s something for everyone in this lovely city!