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CaixaForum Madrid – Art in a beautiful setting

Here’s a fun fact – teachers can enter most museums and galleries in Spain for free! I taught for more than 20 years before I found this out, so I’m sharing with any fellow teachers out there, so they can take advantage of free entry from now on — just take some proof of your profession.

Don’t feel sad if you’re not a teacher though – you can visit most bits of the wonderful CaixaForum for free, and special exhibitions only cost 4€. There is an Andy Warhol exhibition on now, until May 6 which you shouldn’t miss if you are in Madrid.

I love this space so much. The building is gorgeous, with its living wall and architectural fields of matte aluminium and fountains framing the half-traditional brick, half -modernistic rusty pierced-copper clad building. The inside features a monumental white stairwell, a cafe on the top floor with views seen through the pierced metal cladding and a shop on the first floor that is packed with desirable items.

This centre is a good alternative to the nearby, more touristy Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums – it’s beautiful, cool, cheap and well-placed over the road from Madrid’s botanical garden. It’s also quite small, so if you don’t have much time it’s the perfect size.

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Paseo del Prado, 36, Madrid

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Opening Times

10:00 - 20:00 daily


Exhibition: € 4


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)