A hidden gem, the Sorolla Museum was the home of renowned Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla and his family. Donated to the government in 1929 by Sorolla's widow, the house now operates as a memorial and museum, displaying a large collection of Sorolla's glowing works and other contemporary collections including sculpture, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. A fine example of a bourgeois Madrid home from the early 20th century, the attractive museum has an intrinsic Spanish impression with brightly painted walls and dark furniture. Much of the house remains as Sorolla left it, right down to his stained paintbrushes and pipes. Although known for his portraits of aristocrats, Sorolla's passion lay in depicting the everyday lives of Spanish people, with many paintings depicting Spaniards in their native dress, going to the beach and engaging in work or leisure activities.
Address: 37 General Martínez Campos
Website: museosorolla.mcu.es (Spanish)
Telephone: +34 91 310 1584
Transport: Metro station Iglesia, Rubén Darío or Gregorio Maranón. Bus number 27, 14, 45, 147, 5, 16, 61, 7 or 40
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm. Sundays from 10am to 3pm
Admission: €3 for adults. Children under 18 free. Concessions are available