Madrid is much more than the “Golden Triangle of Art”. Apart from the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen Museum, the city hides other little museums containing cultural treasures inside their walls which will delight you.
We are talking about the Sorolla Museum, the Museum of Romanticism and the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, which are three of the most authentic treasures of Spanish history and that often go unnoticed not only by tourists, but also by Madrid natives.
You probably wonder why these three “little museums” are so special. The answer is the three of them are part of private collections, and the heirs of these artistic and cultural legacies wish to share them with the general public; not only for people to enjoy them, but for future generations to have access to these precious collections.
For example, the Sorolla Museum originated after the widow of the painter Joaquín Sorolla, Clotilde García del Castillo, willed her husband’s paintings to the Spanish state in order for them to on exhibit in a museum in his memory; to guarantee continuous access to his work in the future. The museum is located in the palace, which was his last home and studio, which makes the visit even more personal, and close to Sorolla.
The Lazaro Galdiano Museum is just as spectacular as the Sorolla; it has a wide and heterogeneous collection of the editor José Lázaro Galdiano inside its walls, which has been developed with an encyclopedic interest towards all the arts and related techniques. After his death, he donated it to the Spanish state together with his Spanish residency, which was the headquarters of his publishing house La España Moderna, along with a library of 20,000 volumes for the education and delight of future generations.
The Museum of Romanticism is located in a palace which recreates the daily life and costumes of the Bourgeoisie of the Romantic period, allowing us to discover how the society functioned in that historical period and also the main Spanish protagonists of this cultural movement. The museum originated from a donation of the paintings to the state, apart from pieces of furniture and personal effects of the II Marqués de la Vega-Inclán. More donations and deposits were added to the collection by personalities of the time.
If you want to enroll in the ‘Spanish and a Passion for the “Little Museums” Course’ you need to be at least 18 years of age. The course includes a package combining 20 lessons in Spanish per week (4 lessons a day of 45 minutes each) plus a visit to these three little museums in Madrid — Sorolla Museum, Museum of Romanticism, and Lázaro Galdiano Museum— and a meal with your Spanish teacher in an emblematic Madrid restaurant.
If you want to enroll in the course, you can register for a week and you can join in every Monday of the year. If you don’t have any knowledge of Spanish, then you can only join the ‘Spanish and a Passion for the “Little Museums” Course’ the first and third Mondays of every month.
Spanish and a Passion for Small Museums
|Starting dates Spanish Course||
Any Monday of the year
Absolute beginners must start on the first or third Monday of each month
|Lessons/week||20 lessons/week – 4 lessons/day|
|Duration||Minimum 1 week of Spanish course|
09:30 – 11:00 Classes
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Classes
15:00 – 16:30 Classes
16:30 – 17:00 Break
17:00 - 18:30 Classes
|Lesson duration||45 min|
In the afternoons, from 16:00 to 18:00
1 visit to the Sorolla Museum + 1 visit to the Museum of Romanticism + 1 visit to the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation
|Availability||All year round|
in the price
15 services included in the price!
|1 week of intensive Spanish course||+ 2 visits to museums||380 Euros|
|2 weeks of intensive Spanish course||+ 4 visits to museums||535 Euros|
* This program must be booked at least one month in advance.
** You may choose another type of Spanish course and/or include more museums in Madrid if you wish
Please check our complete list of Spanish courses.