A collection devoted to the 19th-century romantic aesthetic, furnishings of the period and a wonderfully peaceful garden.

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Museum of Romanticism

Hope in Madrid for hopeless romantics.

The Museo del Romanticismo, located at Calle San Mateo 13, near the Tribunal Metro station, was inaugurated back in 1924 by the Marquis de Vega-Inclán to educate the public about Spain's 19th-century era of romanticism. This movement was characterised by a greater degree of passion and emotion especially in the arts and literature. (It is interesting to note that during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, its director was the famed left-wing poet Rafael Alberti). Magical, evocative, and often even surprising, it houses a wealth of paintings, prints, miniatures, photos, drawings, decorative arts, and furnishings. Before or after your visit, stop for coffee and/or a pastry at its Garden Café, a lovely oasis of peace in bustling Madrid. Many, by the way, still know this as the "Romantic Museum", as that was its name up until a renovation in 2009.

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