Things to do in MadridSpent all of your money on cerveza and tapas?  No worries, Madrid’s museums and galleries have some of the best free-visit hours if you’re looking to experience some of the culture this great city has to offer.

Museo de América Free hours: Sunday 10am – 3pm

This is a great little museum that offers a multitude of information about the explorers and everything else pertaining to the Americas. Walking through the two-story main exhibit you will learn about an awareness of America, the reality of America, society, religion, and communication.  The museum is located in Moncloa (end of metro line 3), and if it is a nice day I would suggest skipping the metro on the way back – it’s a nice walk back to the city center.

Museo Taurino Free hours: Mon-Fri (winter) 9:30am – 2:30pm

Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum) is located in Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, and it is another small museum – took us about an hour or so to make the rounds – but definitely worth a visit.  On display was a succinct history of the sport and various biographies of the greats as well as paraphernalia (complete with bloodstains…) and bulls heads.

The Thyssen Free hours: Monday 12pm – 4pm

I really enjoyed the Thyssen gallery.  To me it felt like if the Prado and the Reina Sofia (both of which also have free hours) had a baby, the result would be the Thyssen.  There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this gallery, from Monet’s landscapes to Miró’s surrealism.

While you’re there, check out the famous El Tigre for inexpensive cañas and some of the biggest (free) tapas platters you will ever see!

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