The Museo Cerralbo has a long history. It was founded by Don Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, 17th Marquis of Cerralbo (1845-1922), who combined his devotion to politics and history with sensitivity towards the fine arts during his entire lifetime.
He toured Europe with his family, visiting museums and acquiring works of art, thereby amassing a magnificent collection which, together with the coin and medal, book and document holdings, numbers over 50,000 items. Its quality and the diverse fields it encompasses led it to be considered the most complete private art collection in the country. His wife, DoÃ±a Inocencia Serrano Cerver, and his stepchildren Don Antonio and DoÃ±a Amelia del Valle Serrano, Marquis and Marquise of Villa Huerta, contributed significantly to its formation.
Paintings, sculptures, ceramic ware, glassware, tapestries, furniture, coins, medals, drawings, prints, clocks, weapons, suits of armour, archaeological objects and other items afford the building its special charm. In addition to being a significant example of an aristocratic residence, it provides visitors with a glimpse of daily life in Madrid with its literary gatherings, balls and lounge secrets....
CostAdmission charge: â‚¬ 2,40
Annual pass: â‚¬ 24,04
Reduced admission: â‚¬ 1,20
Reduced admission. Proof required:
- Holders of youth or student cards or international equivalents.
- Fine arts graduates, artists, researchers, members of national and international associations of museums, art critics and friends of museums.
- Groups linked to cultural or educational institutions. Visits must be arranged in advance.
Free admission. Proof required:
- Children under 18.
- Senior citizens over 65.
- Retired persons, invalidity pensioners and unemployed.
- Staff of museum institutions, national tour guides and journalists exercising their profession.
- Volunteers of cultural and educational organisations.
- Members of the museumâ€™s board of trustees.
- Holders of the FMR card.
Free admission for all visitors:
- Wednesdays and Sundays
- 18 May (International Museum Day)
- 8 July (Anniversary of the birth of the Marquis of Cerralbo)
- 12 October (Spanish National Day)
- 6 December (Spanish Constitution Day)
The Museum does not open when any of the above dates falls on a Monday.
Opening hoursTuesday-Saturday: 09.30 - 15.00
Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 - 15.00
Closed: Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December and two local holidays.
Getting thereTo reserve a guided tour, visitors should contact the following numbers:
Telephone: 00 34 91 547 36 46 / 47
Fax: 00 34 91 559 11 71
Calls to the above telephone number are answered by an automatic system which will ask you to dial the extension 136 for reservations between 10.00 and 14.00, Tuesdays to Sundays, and will place you in contact with the person responsible for conducting the tours.
Group visits: The maximum number of visitors is 12, accompanied by a group leader.
Group visits may be made on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Guided tours: Conducted by volunteers from the ConfederaciÃ³n de Aulas de la Tercera Edad. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Advance telephone reservation required. Free access at 11.00 and 11.30 on Wednesdays and at 12.00 on Saturdays for groups of up to 12 people. The groups for these guided tours will be formed in the museum entrance hall as visitors arrive.
FacilitiesDisabled facilities and entrance.
Shop: Our publications, catalogues and souvenirs are on sale at the ticket office during museum visiting hours.
Museum internal and external photos (3)Click on the images to enlarge