It is divided into 5 parts: L'Hemisfèric (IMAX film screenings, as well as Planetarium and Laserium), Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe (Interactive Science Museum), L'Umbracle, L'Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium Europe) and the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía (dedicated to music and just the Performing Arts).
The complex was founded in 1998, but the last part of it, the Palais des Artes Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts) was inaugurated in the year 2005.
All parts of the complex are equipped with an impressive structure; you cannot visit Valencia without seeing this unique work of art.
We can also see "Esclectic" which is a spectacle in the middle of the water. Whoever wants to see it will have to wait until next time, as the final day for this season was July 27th.
Rates in peak season are:
L'Hemisfèric: adults - 7.50 euros, reduced - 5.80 euros.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe: adults – 7.50, reduced - 5.80 euros.
L'Oceanogràfic: adults - 23:30 euros, reduced - 17.60 euros.
The reduced rate is for children (up to 12 years), large families, pensioners...
In any case, it is much cheaper to purchase a voucher which allows entrance to 2 of the 5 parts of the complex.
For example, for L'Oceanogràfic and L'Hemisfèric the entrance is 25 euros for adults and 19 euros at reduced rate.
The timetable in the peak season is:
10:30 until 22:00 for the L'Hemispheric.
10:00 until 21:00 for the Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe.
10:00 until 24.00 for the L'Oceanogràfic.
All other times of year feature earlier closing times.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (in Spanish, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao; in Euskera, Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa) is a contemporary art museum designed by Canadian architect Frank O Gehry.
It is located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. It is one of the five museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It was inaugurated the 18th of October of 1997 by the King of Spain Juan Carlos I.
The negotiations for the construction of the museum between the public authorities of the autonomous community of the Basque Country and the executives of the Guggenheim Foundation started on February 1991. The agreement was signed at the end of that same year, and the architect and location for the building were selected in 1992.
Ever since it was opened in 1997, the museum has received an average of one million annual visitors thanks to its curvilinear and twisted shapes, covered with limestone, crystal curtains and titanium sheets. It has a surface of 24,000 square meters, 11,000 of them are reserved for exhibits, distributed in 19 galleries.
It is located on the bank of the ria of Bilbao, an area called Abandoibarra, next to the bridge Príncipes de España (La Salve Bridge) that is surrounded by a hollow tower. The building received many favorable critiques, like the one made by the American architect Philip Johnson, who described it as “the greatest building of our times”. Since 2007, it is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.
Every Madrileño worth their salt is always going on about how they think it’s one of the most important museums, with a great collection, blah blah blah. I´m joking about it because I don’t just think it’s true. I know it’s true. The Prado Museum is a must-see place for visitors in Madrid, like the Gran Vía or the Puerta del Sol. The place has magic: the magic of time, the magic of history, a magic which spreads throughout the streets of Madrid, filling visitors with wonder and reminding us of a era when it was at the forefront of Art and modernity. To visit the Prado is to almost touch History itself and totally immerse yourself in man’s greatest expression of his own humanity. It’s not just a visit; it’s an experience, a living memory that will last with those who choose to explore the Prado’s halls.
In Madrid’s museum circuit, the Reina Sofía is your best option if you want to experience avant-garde art and art from the second half of the 20th century. The renovations and extensions of the facilities undertaken in 2005 greatly improved the museum and added non-museum facilities like cafés, libraries, and stores. The expanded Nouvel building hosts temporary exhibits and art from the late 20th century while the Sabatini building (with its famous panoramic lifts) houses the permanent collection. Aside from Guernica itself, which is a must-see, take a moment to check out the rough sketches Picasso made while preparing the work. You also can’t miss the surrealist collection, Salvador Dalí, and the change to learn about lesser-known Spanish artists of the 20th century like Luis Gordillo, Pablo Palazuelo, or the Equipo Crónica. Before leaving, don’t forget to go up to the roof-terrace to soak in the views of the surrounding neighborhoods of Atocha and Lavapiés.
One of the best museums in Barcelona, as much for its location in Montjuïc as for the art, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, posters, collection of photographs and collection of numismatics of Catalan art from Romanesque to the mid 20th century. The temporary exhibitions are usually very interesting.
This place is located in the Legazpi neighborhood, just in front of the Manzanares river. It used to be one of the industrial areas of the city of Madrid and represented one of the most characteristic architectural styles of the beginning of the 20th century. The slaughterhouse (matadero is the Spanish for slaughterhouse) was left abandoned until it finally stopped being a proper slaughterhouse, preserving the name and building.
Recently it has been renovated to improve the opening of Madrid to the river and the appearance of this part of Madrid. The tunnel under the M-30 road was really important for the renovation of this complex, nowadays housing various activities, from audiovisual to artistic. Theater works, music festival, etc.
One of the things I liked the most about the way they renovated this building is that they preserved the structure of the building, and not only the facade. Trying to preserve the architecture of quite rough aspect, but quite scarce in our country and that has a charm in itself.
If you decide to visit it you can go every day except Monday, unless you just want to see the outside because the industrial plants are closed. I think the entrance is free of charge, or it was when I went there at least.
The CaixaForum Madrid is a new social and cultural center of the benevolent work "La Caixa" bank, in the so-called art triangle in Madrid: in Paseo del Prado, next to the Reina Sofía Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Prado.
The building has seven floors and can be considered a work of art in itself. It is located in what used to be the Electrical Center of Mediodía and was built by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron with a 60 million Euro budget. It was designed to house modern and contemporary art exhibitions, music festivals, poetry readings, multimedia art, debates, educative workshops, etc., all free of charge for the public.
One of the most striking elements of the CaixaForum was the interior stairs, with a spiral structure. Outside there is a vertical garden of 24 meters on a wall next to the main entrance. It has 15,000 plants of 250 different species surviving without soil, they only need water and nutrients. It is definitely a very curious element you cannot find anywhere else in Spain. There are various sculptures next to it.
On entering Dali´s house, you understand that whatever was going on in his mind was nowhere near ordinary. Surrealism surrounded him and this is reflected in his house, built over time, gradually buying the adjoining houses of fishermen to create an intricate labyrinth that unleashes your imagination. Highlights include the room where he painted, a bedroom with a mirror to reflect the rising sun and welcome the new day. Dalí, a genius and figure.
We visited Figueras, known as being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, who built the Dalí Theater-Museum on the ancient remains of the Municipal Theater of Figueres that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. This museum has a large variety of his works, which give us a great perspective on his artistic evolution and legacy.
One of the most visible things in the museum is its transparent structure in a dome shape that crowns the building – an idea straight from Dalí himself. The hundreds of loafs of bread covering the façade and the giant eggs of the Galatea tower catch your eye. Dalí live in this tower during his last years. The central patio is spectacular and it was the orchestra of the old theater. The Cadillac that Gala drove while visiting the United States is another intersting thing to see.
After visiting the museum we ate at Imperial 82 restaurant, which is located inside the museum. The menu was economical and full of flavor. You won’t regret eating there. After eating, we decided to see the Sant Ferrán castle.
We took the train (Renfe) from Barcelona. Another interesting fact: the museum’s exterior walls are filled with bread. An edible repoduction of the bread can be bought in any bakery in Figueres.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza is part of Madrid's "Art Triangle" (along with the Prado and Reina Sofia) and has an interesting and varied collection that's worth a visit. It's known for having "major works by minor artists and minor works by major artists," a description that's perfectly apt. Yes, it was works by the Impressionists and Italian masters, but the real gold are the lesser-known pieces, especially those of the Fauvists and Dutch/Flemish school. I was surprised gorgeous and technically-masterful works by artists I'd never heard of before.
I will warn you that the collection is enormous...it spans millenia and you could spend several hours exploring. In fact, many people are already tired by the time they reach the more recognizable sections (the Impressionist, for example). So, pace yourself!
The museum also hosts some of the best temporary exhibits in the city; think Cezanne, Monet, and the like. I's suggest starting with the Thyssen in the morning before checking out the Caixa Forum nearby and exploring the cafes and small galleries in the surrounding Barrio de las Letras district.
The recently renovated Chamberí Station is a place where many locals and tourists come to see how the subway was in the past century.
The station is really the same as it used to be even though it was, according to what the guide told us, a shelter for beggars and a dangerous place. From the station the white glazed tiles were preserved to give more light to the place. You can see those tiles in some other stations like the one in Sol. The same ticket office is there, with the prices detailed, the entrances (opening when they noticed the weight of someone) where the advertisement made of tiles are still preserved. The Gal and Philis lamps stand out.
We also saw the streetlights the drivers followed to know when they had to start the train.
I highly recommend the guided visit since you get into the history and the anecdotes of the station. Moreover, they make it very enjoyable and it is fast. I recommend it for children too.
Moreover, trains still pass by nowadays in this ghost station that used to be part of the red line, which is now the light blue one, line 1.
At the end of the visit, you will be able to see a video with the history of the subway of Madrid.
I should also mention the fact that it is free of charge.
I think it is a very good visit to get to know the history of Madrid.
The cultural offer of the city of Barcelona is unstoppable and thriving, the range of museums, galleries and art centers is innumerable. Going on cultural visits in Barcelona is thus a pleasant experience.
Contemporary art has its own center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, also known as MACBA. Interesting works of the best exponents of recent and current artistic creation are exhibited there.
The program of complementary activities turns it into an institution completely in line with the interdisciplinary idea of dealing with reality, with all types of initiative, from workshops, courses and lectures to commented visits.
In an extension of the museum just in front of it there is a rich documentation fond where you can find many bibliographical sources for research linked to contemporary art thinking.
Apart from contemplating or analyzing the works exhibited in this museum, the experience of going through the hallways is pleasant, for the rationalist and fresh line designed by the North American architect Richard Meier and who managed to give an expression to the facade and inside spaces.
Accumulation of aesthetic emotions to stimulate the senses of art and creation amateurs.
If there’s anywhere you can go in Madrid to feel transported to another world, it’s definitely the Sorolla Museum, home of the artist and his family. The building was conceived to serve as a studio as well and is designed to capture the maximum amount of natural light, something which is reflected in the artist’s work.
There is a great selection of the painter’s work, from his famous Valencian beach scenes to small portraits capturing the various regional customs in Spain that were commissioned by the Hispanic Society of America (very small but very interesting). There’s also a great collection of sculpture, ceramics, photography, modern and antique furniture, as well as a number of tapestries. To enter the museum, you must cross an incredible garden inspired by the courtyards of the Alhambra and designed by the painter himself. There is a wealth of plants, fountains, statues, and even a dining area where Sorolla held painting workshops for children. It’s a perfect place to read or just disconnect from the stress of city life. Entry to the garden is free and the entire museum is free on Sundays,
If you’re still not convinced, you can take the virtual tour. It won’t disappoint.
Do not miss the Pablo Picasso museum if you spend an afternoon in Malaga. I suggest going with someone ve can explain the curiosities and background of each piece of art. I have uploaded two pictures, one representing the "character of women" and the other hinting at a second person ve seems to embrace a child from behind. It is forbidden to take photos and video inside the museum.
The Romans were an advanced society in many ways: Literature, the arts of war, law, language, and women's fashion. The Romans had all kinds of hair accessories, as well as accessories for their hands, wrists and necks. There were earrings and necklaces where you could put little pieces of perfumed cotton. Also, of course, they had evil rings for hiding poison. But today they're not for poison, but they make a good gift to remember the Roman Empire of Emerita Augusta. We were in the National Museum of Roman Art, one of the the few museums where the contents are actually from the same city the museum is in. We found a lot of good imitations of Roman jewelry for a good price. I got some long, pretty earrings. They look ancient. Long live the empire!
What can be said for the Lovers of Teruel? I say that are found in the Church of San Pedro de Teruel. To know your history it is the best search the internet to find things like their names. I will just say that I left a little mausoleum cold, I really expected something else, but I enjoyed the colors.
The César Manrique Foundation is in the artist's home and studio. There you can appreciate how the artist perfectly meshed his work with nature so that he could enjoy it. Now it's a must-see place to visit if you're going to be on the island of Lanzarote. The house extends out over a former lava flow and is built on 5 large, natural volcanic bubbles. The upper floor is inspired by the traditional island architecture and incorporates functional elements like the windows. In addition, in the central part of the house there's a spacious area where you can rest that has a pool, dining room, oven, and a barbecue as well as abundant greenery. The last area in the house, near the exit, is the painter's former studio. It's definitely a place that awakens peace.