The lesser-known museums in Madrid are some of my favorite hidden gems of the Spanish capital. Here’s an ultimate list of the artsy places in Madrid you can’t miss!

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Hidden Gems & Lesser-known Museums in Madrid

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The artsy heritage of the Spanish capital is internationally represented by the so-called golden triangle of museums – Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza (I describe these popular landmarks within my 1-day itinerary and weekend in Madrid).

Nevertheless, travelers who manage to cross those off their Spain bucket list, usually begin eying the lesser-known museums of Madrid.

Why you can not miss Madrid hidden gems

This is usually my favorite part about getting to know new places.

When the first-timer pressure fades, you can focus on the slow travel and keep visiting places that mainstream travelers overlook. This experience goes beyond the unique sense of discovery and avoiding the crowds in Madrid, it is often about stumbling on authentic cultural gems and getting a local perspective.

So, searching for the lesser-known museums in Madrid is one of the must-dos while planning a weekend in the Spanish capital. So, I highly recommend picking up for your itinerary at least one Madrid hidden gem from this list.

Top 5 Lesser-Known Museums in Madrid

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Madrid houses some of the most unique historical artifacts ever discovered across the whole of Spain – sculptures, coins, ceramics, textiles, and many other objects of huge historical significance.

It is the best place in the city to time-travel through different cultures that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula. My highlights of the National Archaeological Museum were the Roman mosaics, the Moorish carved wooden doors, and Spain’s most famous sculpture – The Lady of Elche.

In theory, this hidden gem should not even appear on the list of lesser-known museums in Madrid: the exposition is huge and they even get school groups visiting now and then. However, during my recent solo weekend in Madrid, I truly had a magical moment wandering around its halls without crowds on the radar.

AddressC. de Serrano, 13, Salamanca, 28001 Madrid

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 8 PM (closed on Mondays)

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National Archaeological Museum in Madrid
National Archaeological Museum in Madrid
The stunning Roman Mosaics, even more impressive than the ones I saw in Cyprus
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The Lady of Elche (a famous limestone bust from the 4th century BC)

Museum of the Americas

One of my favorite lesser-known museums in Madrid is the Museum of the Americas.

This place ended up as a complete surprise during my recent 3-day Madrid Itinerary. The museum houses some of the historical gems from the indigenous cultures of the Americas. Its curated collection of ceramics & sculptures was what captured my attention the most.

At times, it felt like I was traveling to Mexico without leaving Spain. The diverse cultures of the Americas and the indigenous traditional objects are mesmerizing. The Museum of the Americas has inspired me to plan more trips to South America in the near future.

Address: Av. de los Reyes Católicos, 6, Moncloa – Aravaca, 28040 Madrid

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 3 PM (closed on Mondays)

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One of my favorite lesser-known museums in Madrid – Museum of the Americas
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Museum of the Americas In Madrid

National Museum of Romanticism

The National Museum of Romanticism is one of the cutest Madrid hidden gems, founded in 1924. It is full of tapestry, furnishings, portraits, and antique boudoirs showcasing the daily life of the bourgeoisie during the Romantic period of the 19th century. With its sophisticated interiors, it has actually reminded me of all the lesser-known museums in Paris.

Address: C. de San Mateo, 13, Centro, 28004 Madrid

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 8.30 PM (Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM, closed on Mondays)

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Visiting National Museum of Romanticism In Madrid
Visiting National Museum of Romanticism in Madrid Spain
Visiting National Museum of Romanticism In Madrid

The Garment Museum

The Garment Museum is a great stop for all the fashion lovers in the city. During my recent visit in June, I was almost exploring this place on my own. Inside the museum, you can find lots of traditional outfits and important clothing pieces from the 17th to 19th century.

Aside from the permanent exhibition, The Garment Museum often houses temporary exhibitions of local Spanish designers and students of Design & Innovation University.

Address: Av. de Juan de Herrera, 2, Moncloa – Aravaca, 28040 Madrid

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 7 PM (Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM, closed on Mondays)

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One of the lesser-known museums in Madrid – The Garment Museum
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Visiting The Garment Museum in Madrid

Sorolla Museum

The Sorolla Museum is an interesting stop for all the fans of the house museums in Spain.

While the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla Was born in Valencia, he used to create most of his artworks in this Madrid studio. In addition, it was where the artist lived with his family from 1911 till his death in 1923. All the objects and decorations of the Sorolla museum were acquired by the painter during his lifetime, and you can also find around 1200 of paintings & drawings across the house.

Address: P.º del Gral. Martínez Campos, 37, Chamberí, 28010 Madrid

Opening hours: 9.30 AM – 8 PM (Sundays 10 AM – 3 PM closed on Mondays)

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Sorolla Museum – one of the most unique house museums in Spain

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