Romance in Madrid

Have you got a couple of hours to spare in Madrid? Spend them at the National Museum of Romanticism and you will be pleasantly surprised…

Today we are going in my shoes on a visit to one of Madrid’s best kept secrets: a beautifully preserved town house containing some wonderful pieces from the end of the 18th century to the middle of the 19th century.

Museo del Romanticismo

The Romantic Era

The Romantic movement originated in the aristocratic houses of Europe towards the end of the 18th century.

Romanticism was a direct contrast or rebellion to the previous movement of Enlightenment and validated strong emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience, placing new importance on emotions such as apprehension, horror and terror, and awe—especially that which is experienced in confronting the sublimity of untamed nature.

To learn more about the Romantic era click here for a simple overview.

Museo del Romanticismo Madrid

Why Visit the Museum

As you wander from room to room, you will see the themed rooms of this city palace, whose furnishings reflect the ideals of the time.

Rooms decorated entirely in green give a tranquil air to the grandeur; rooms with intricate and gaudy furniture, paintings and themes; very feminine rooms so that the ladies of the house could enjoy their pleasures such as sewing or gossiping in surroundings they found comfortable; pink rooms, blue rooms… all richly decorated and well thought out.

There are about 15 rooms altogether and the route takes you through them logically. You go at your own pace enjoying the palace and learning about each room’s purpose and use from the book that you are given as you enter. This book is full of great information about the people of the time and their setting. The book is on loan so you have to give it back at the end of your visit.

My Favourite Parts

I loved the whole museum; stepping back in time, imagining I was mistress of such a huge and richly decorated house, but I especially enjoyed the children’s playroom (which was located so that the children could run around and make as much noise as they wanted without ever disturbing the adults) with the beautifully preserved old toys.

Sala de Juego de Niños (XIV)

I also loved the ballroom where there were some amazing pieces of furniture, such as one of the many pianos found in the house.

However, the part that impressed me most was the garden, where there is now a cafeteria serving wonderful cakes in a gorgeous setting. When you visit the National Museum of Romanticism make sure you leave yourself time for coffee and cake.

Museo del Romanticismo Madrid

The Visit

You need at least an hour to visit the Museo del Romanticismo but you could easily spend up to three hours. The museum is found on Calle San Mateo and the nearest Metro station is Tribunal.

The museum is open every day 0930-1830 except on a Sunday when it closes at 1500. The admission is 3€ per person and this includes the loan of the information book which you take around with you so that you can read about the different rooms as you visit them. Don’t forget to give this book back when you have finished otherwise you will set the alarms off as you leave!

You can’t take photos inside the museum (that’s why I have so few and they are such poor quality) however, if you wish to see some brilliant photos of the place I highly recommend the museum’s Flickr account which has many sets referring to different events and tells a story through photos.

You can’t take a handbag, no matter how small, into the museum; there are lockers provided and they take a 1€ coin which is returned when you open the locker again.

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Have you been to the Museum of Romanticism or somewhere similar? What did you think?

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  1. Encarna says:

    It seems such a beautiful place!!i have never been!!!!there are so many things worthwhile in Madrid !!next time I would like to visit it!Romantic era is one of my favourites,but I have to say that I can not imagine myself just to sweing and gossiping …you know what I mean..
    Kisses dear

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah I totally understand what you mean and I think they did little more, though in part of the information it did say that it was becoming “acceptable” for ladies to think – something which they hadn’t been encouraged to do before! You woud love this museum if you like the Romantic era and some of the genuine costumes they had were amazing… como siempre, muchísimas gracias por leer y comentar, besos

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