National Museum of Romanticism

Our Museum is a palace that recreates the daily life and customs of the high bourgeoisie during Romanticism. During their visit, the public will be able to learn about what society was like during this historical period, as well as who were the main protagonists of this cultural movement in Spain.

he former palace of the Marquis of Matallana, built in 1776, houses a fascinating collection of 19th-century paintings, furniture and decorative art which captures the essence of the cultural, political and everyday life of Madrid of that time.

Works by Goya, Esquivel, Madrazo, Alenza and the Bécquer brothers, ceramics from Sargadelos and Sèvres, jewellery from ebonite, lava and human hair, a collection of porcelain dolls, 15 pianos, imperial and Isabelline furniture, and even the pistol Larra used to commit suicide immerse us in the Romantic period, a cultural movement which touched the hearts of young artists, intellectuals and politicians in the first half of the 19th century.

One of the most magical areas in this unique museum is the Magnolia Garden, landscaped in the style of the 18th Century French model, organised into four avenues separated by different sized parterres, with a circular fountain at the intersection. On each of the parterres there is a different tree, including a magnolia, after which the garden is named. Here you will find the Museum’s Garden Cafe, where you can enjoy a coffee and a wide variety of homemade cakes.

The museum has information about the pieces available in English.

The Museum of Romanticism is a State-owned art museum located in Madrid, Spain. It was inaugurated in 1924 as Museo Romántico

This building, which was once the headquarters of the Asociación para la Enseñanza de la Mujer, was built between 1892 and 1893 to house this Institution, set up by Fernando de Castro to offer Spanish middle class women the chance to access effective academic and scientific teaching.

The building, constructed by architects Pablo Sánchez and Gerardo de la Puente, together with Manuel Ruiz de Quevedo, stands out from its surroundings in Madrid on account of its perfect combination of disparate languages such as the markedly academic eclecticism and the architecture of iron, which is pragmatic and sensitive to the nature of the materials, an aspect that can be enjoyed in the trapezoid courtyard. Its design and the choice of the surrounding area were not left to chance; indeed great attention was paid to light, ventilation and space.

Inside there is an important collection of characteristic late 19th Century furniture.

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