Madrid has plenty of museums that appeal to both classic and modern art fans. If you find yourself longing for a unique artistic experience, CaixaForum Madrid is a perfect fit for your plans. Expect to have a guide take you through every exhibit: this is the type of museum that brings you closer to the artist’s life, mind, and inspirations, all in a way that is enjoyable for the entire family. The building itself is really bizarre, as it is the fusion of design and architecture.
A building suspended in air
It is hard to believe that this building used to be an abandoned electrical station. Its oxidized, cast-iron structure resembles the industrial architecture of Madrid in the beginning of the 20th century. The building’s renovation was conducted by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2001. It consisted of drilling the first floor in a way that gives the impression that the building is suspended in midair. Next to the building, there is a huge and impressive vertical garden designed by Patrick Blanc that surely will catch your attention!
High quality temporary expositions
The museum strives to constantly change the art exhibits. It also provides several different kinds of artistic pleasures such as photography, sculpture, and architecture. As you enter the showroom you’ll be introduced to the artistic context and it will be easy for you to understand the meaning of every piece of artwork. It will not be a problem to enjoy the museum with your family as it is very dynamic and entertaining for everyone, and it has high quality, contemporary expositions from the most important museums in Europe (such as The Louvre). The entrance to this cultural center is only 4 EUR (Approximately 4.3 USD), making it one of the cheapest museums in Madrid!
Take the experience with you
If you seek more information than what is provided in the exhibit, you can buy informative books in the gift shop. Depending on the exhibit, there may be special rooms that encourage you to draw your own artwork using blank pages, colored pencils, and pictures of nature from which you can draw inspiration, so you can create a design based on the theme of the current temporary exhibit. Taking pictures is allowed in some of the exhibits, so I’d advise that you ask before entering. There are also many conferences, family activities, and guides for almost every type of visitor. If you want to have a fantastic view of Madrid’s most important green lung, go to the cafeteria (located on the fourth floor) and admire “El Retiro” Park which is located steps away from CaixaForum Madrid.
There is no excuse to avoid visiting CaixaForum
CaixaForum is located close to the famous Atocha Train Station and El Retiro Park, so it is almost unavoidable. If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee to the showrooms, you can access the building, the coffee shop, and the gift shop without paying a cent! Take your time to admire architecture and design in Madrid with your entire family.
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