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Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

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Paseo del Prado
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Address: Calle Montalban 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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+34 915 32 64 99

A popular museum dedicated to what is sometimes known as the "lesser...

A popular museum dedicated to what is sometimes known as the "lesser arts:" furniture, rugs and glassware.

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Interesting museum with more than ceramics

Located opposite retiro park and close to plaza de cibeles, it's off a side street and may need a map to find. 4/5 floors contain various exhibitions, mainly ceramics but also... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2016
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Guaynabo,Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a small, 3-4 floor museum and located in an exclusive area of Madrid. The rugs, ceramics, porcelain, and furniture were quite splendid. Some pieces of church mobilaria. The wealthy had confessional boxes in their homes. The kitchen ceramics and the stove hood were impressive, as was the dining room. We saw carriages used for travel of the wealthy... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This museum is very small but is in an attractive old building and does have some very attractive pieces in it. While we were there it had a big collection of metal jewellery contained in large glass ballooons (see photo).

1 Thank Prospero555
Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

There were two special exhibitions during our visit; one was on jewelry and we were able to meet the designer. The other was a painter - Florencio Maillo - who had taken themes from Bosch's Garden of Good and Evil and done exciting and pleasing serigraphs. It is interesting to view at the same time the Prado is having a... More 

Thank suenosdeMexico
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

This museum is really small, but really nice and pretty, The fee is around 3 euros, but it's free on Saturday after 14.00. Because it's small, I just spent about 1.5 hour, but I really like the decorations, they will lend you a book for the explanation for each room, and you have to return it before you leave the... More 

Thank durudududu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Located opposite retiro park and close to plaza de cibeles, it's off a side street and may need a map to find. 4/5 floors contain various exhibitions, mainly ceramics but also clothing, furnishings and recreated housing. Free on Saturday afternoons and sunday until 3pm.

Thank butterflyrach
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016

The museum for decorative arts can be a great showcase for the way people were living in a country or region over the centuries. In Madrid, this museum is quite outdated itself although it seems that they have started to renovate some parts. The building is nice, with an old staircase and a central atrium but it is much too... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

For a hard-cored decorative art fan who had visited every national/regional decorative art museums in over a dozen European countries, this one is a major let-down. My expectation that Spain would have a rich decorative art collection was sadly misplaced. This national museum's collection is far smaller than many private decorative art collections I had visited in the past. It... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2016

This museum presents furniture and objects up to the end of the 18th c. It is an excellent introduction to traditional Spanish taste and style. The 17th c rooms are particularly striking as they show a direct link between Spanish and Dutch interiors of the time, illustrating the close ties between the 2 countries.

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Nacogdoches, TX
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

Small decorative arts museum (furniture, rooms setup in historical periods, jewelry, kitchen items, etc.) Have some temporary exhibits that come and go that might be to your taste, so would check the website before going. January 2016 had a nice exhibit on the ground floor of bakelite objects (jewelry, phones, office machines, etc). Worth a couple of hours of time.

1 Thank TravelTexan1
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

We went to this museum with no idea of what to expect. It is well laid out with good explanations in Spanish of each room setting. We were intrigued and pleased by the special inclusion of fashion dresses to echo the theme of each room. A definite repeat on a wet day which gives an insight into the decoration and... More 

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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