museo lázaro galdiano

Today, another great but often overlooked Madrid museum.  The Museo Lázaro Galdiano was once the home of José Lázaro Galdiano and his wife, but has been a museum since 1962 - and a beautiful one at that.  The museum now houses the collection of Mr. Galdiano with works dating from prehistoric times to the 19th century.  There are about 13,000 items included, about a quarter of which are on display at any given time.  

Some of the heavy hitters include Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya.  The second floor has items from English, Flemish, French, and Italian painters, and English-speakers like ourselves will appreciate that labelling is done in both Spanish and English throughout.  We also enjoyed seeing photographs and descriptions of each room as it was when Galdiano and his family lived in the home.  

We didn't make it to the top floor of the museum due to time, but we hope to return when we're back later this year and see the rest.  We went during free hours, which currently, are everyday from 3:30 - 4:30pm, Fridays from 5 - 9pm, and on Sundays from 2:00 - 3:00pm (as always, though, check before you go).  

Another highly recommended, but lesser known, Madrid museum from us.  Consider adding it to your list if you have plenty of time to spend in the capital city!