Formerly known as Museo Romantico, the National Museum of Romanticism offers visitors a vivid image of how life in Madrid was like during the Romantic period.
It all started at the initiative of Benigno de la Vega-Inclán, who decided to found a museum and donate his personal collection of paintings and furniture. Hence, in 1924 Madrid’s Museo Romantico was opened to the public and since then, it never stopped growing.
Housed in an elegant Neo-classical palace on Calle de San Mateo, in the cosmopolitan Chueca neighborhood, the National Museum of Romanticism boasts nowadays a magnificent collection of 19th century paintings, as well as a series of remarkably decorated rooms. These provide an insight into important aspects of Madrid’s society during the Romantic era, which in Spain has coincided with the reign of Queen Isabella II.
In addition to the exceptional works by Goya, Madrazo, and Antonio Esquivel, visitors have the opportunity to discover some astonishing decors and art objects that together recreate the enchanting atmosphere of Romantic Madrid.
From the formal Ballroom to the lavish Boudoir, each space in the museum tells a fascinating story and invites you to take a journey back in time.
Other notable features of the Museum of Romanticism include the lovely collection of miniatures, the exquisite decorative arts, and the outstanding 600 pieces of furniture that manage to revive, like no other, the atmosphere of a bygone era.
The museum’s elegant Café del Jardin is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some delicious cakes.