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In the open air or in renowned cultural centres, town museums and churches, there are lots of activities to do for zero euros. Local, national and international works of art can be seen in Madrid without paying a dime. Check out our guide to free museums, cultural centres and events and don’t miss a thing!​

 

A second-century Egyptian temple donated to Spain during the construction of the great Aswan Dam.

This small hermitage in the area known as Madrid Río boasts a ceiling covered in original Goya frescoes.

An Spanish abstract art museum right in the street, in Castellana.

Works pertaining to Madrid's 'Schizos' and 'Movida' cultural movements are displayed in a museum that also accommodates a reconstruction of the avant-garde writer Ramón Gómez de la Serna's former study.

In La Latina, one of the most authentic neighbourhoods of Madrid, you can immerse yourself in the city’s history.

Housed in former San Fernando Hospital by architect Pedro Ribera, the museum contains a scale model of the city in 1830.

One of the scarce remains to be seen of 15th-century military architecture in Madrid.

Cultural centre located in the heart of Madrid dedicated to graphic arts and the history of the book.

The National Library Museum traces the important role of books throughout history. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Past, present and future come together in one of the most outstanding buildings in the Sol / Gran Vía area.

This active, family-run cultural heritage institution produces exhibitions as well as concerts and lecture series. 

Located on the northern end of Paseo de la Castellano, this small exhibition hall hosts free exhibitions all year round.

The most Vanguardist artistic expressions meet in this Neo-Moorish building in Lavapiés.

It offers a quality cultural programme at its impressive headquarters in the Cariátides Building, in the Salesas neighbourhood.

In the Literary Quarter, this typical seventeenth-century house is where the playwright and poet lived for the last 25 years of his life.

Organizes different activities with the objective of strengthening knowledge and dialogue on Asia in Spain

The spectacular Palacio de Linares hosts all kinds of events and, according to legend, is haunted by a ghost.

This space, located in the Sol/Gran Vía area, is responsible for raising awareness about Catalan culture in Madrid.

The puppet theatre offers fantastic shows for children almost every Saturday and Sunday. 

A meeting point between Spain and the Arab world, this cultural institution hosts exhibitions, films, talks among other activities.

The headquarters for German culture in Madrid is in the traditional Chamberí district.

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a few hours relaxing in one of Madrileños' favourite spots, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A beautiful 18th-century garden found off the beaten track.

This wonderful natural space, home to attractions like the zoo and amusement park, is Madrid’s largest public park.

The Santander Park has ample areas for leisure and facilities to play various sports.

Found in the former location of the Royal Palace's stables, this quaint park is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun set. CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WORKS IN PLAZA DE ESPAÑA.

A fabulous English-style garden in Hapsburg Madrid found behind the Royal Palace.

Running along the bank of the Manzanares River, this beautiful new park is the perfect place to have a long, laid-back lunch and spend the afternoon strolling, cycling or simply people-watching.

An example of industrial architecture from the start of the 20th century, the Nave de Motores (Engine Room) provided energy for all of Madrid. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Discover the “ghost station” at Chamberí, which maintains all of the original elements of the era. Open Thursday to Sunday. 

The city's old slaughterhouse, at Madrid Rio, has been transformed into a cultural megacomplex.

The Palacio de las Cortes, in the Literary Quarter, is one of the masterpieces of Spanish neoclassicism.

This imposing church and the Royal Palace nearby form one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions.

One of the best places to watch the sun set in Madrid, known popularly as 'the park of the seven boobs'. 

A little-known but stunning Baroque church whose interior is decorated entirely with wonderful frescoes.

A former army barracks turned into one of the city's most popular cultural centres.

Unique cultural space in the Lavapiés neighbourhood, located in Madrid’s Former Tobacco Factory. TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR WORKS.

This museum, which houses one of the finest collections in the world on the history of money, is hidden in Barrio de Salamanca area.

A total of 30,000 historic decorative objects including furniture, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and fabrics. FREE ENTRY TILL 31 OCTOBER!

In addition to the important and diverse geological, paleontological and mineralogical heritage, the museum is located in an interesting 1927 building

A wonderful collection that reflects Spain’s rich naval history, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Close to Paseo de la Castellana you can find this museum that allows blind people and people with visual disability to enjoy art.

The childhood home of the author of Don Quixote showcases the traditions and customs of the 16th and 17th centuries.

A seventeenth century manor, renovated in the nineteenth century according to taste, which now houses the Italian Cultural Institute.

The Glass Palace in El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the finest examples of cast-iron architecture in Madrid.

The Art Walk has a surprise for the visitor: a tropical garden in a train station.

Building dedicated to innovation and the dissemination of new technologies located in the district of Villaverde.

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