The Lazaro Museum in Madrid originally belonged to Jose Lazaro Galdiano, a writer, editor and financer, who built up an extensive art collection, together with many unusual items, during his stay from 1862 to 1947. The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10.00 hours to 16.30 hours for an entry fee of €4.00.
The 3 storeyed museum impresses the visitors with its grandeur and the ceilings which are painted with beautiful murals. Each floor abounds in articles like silverware, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and even ivory trinkets. El Greco’s works are here, as too are paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds. You can see little known works of Goya, alongside the English painters, Constable and Turner, and 17th century works by Spanish artists like Velázquez, Ribera and Murillo.
There’s also an extensive library with hundreds of books about art and magazines published by Lazaro Galdiano. It’s open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 – 14:00; and Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 – 14:00 and 15:00 – 17:00. The library is closed from 15 June – 15 August in the afternoons. The museum shop mainly features copies of the art magazine ‘Goya’. Also worth visiting are the beautiful gardens which surround the museum.
The museum is only 5 minutes walk from the metro of Gregorio Manañón. You can take a metro, Gregorio Manañón (Orange Line, L7) or (Dark Blue Line, L10).