Renowned for its galleries, Madrid is a great destination for travellers interested in art and culture. Away from the most famous museums though, there’s a range of off-the-beaten-track options perfect for those on a budget, as they don’t cost a penny. Whether you’re into history, photography, or more, here’s our pick of the best free museums to visit when in town.
Near Madrid’s business district at the Plaza de Castilla, this great free museum has an always-interesting temporary exhibition on the go. It’s far enough away from the centre to attract a mainly local crowd and is rarely packed (weekends are its busiest time). Recent exhibition subjects include photographer Vivian Maier, the history of Barbie, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
In the cool neighbourhood of Conde Duque, this museum of drawing and illustration is set in the former Mahou brewery, built in 1891. The building has been artfully renovated to mix the old with the modern; the entrance is via a courtyard covered in grey-blue tiles, while the different galleries are spacious and filled with light. The ABC collection features almost 200,000 pieces by 1,500 artists dating from 1890 to the present day.