The Cerralbo Museum is located in what was once the mansion of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, near the Plaza de España.
The Cerralbo Museum is located in what was once the mansion of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, near the Plaza de España. The building, residence of the Marquis and his family, was also intended to house the collections of art and antiques that he amassed throughout his life. Both the building and the pieces in it became what is known today as the Cerralbo Museum, thanks to donations made by the marquis and his family to the city of Madrid.
The palace was built following guidelines set by the Marquis, combining several different styles: a classic façade with eclectic touches on the interior of the building, following the "neo" movements of the time, which included Neo-baroque and Rococo
As for the collection itself, the museum houses more than 50,000 pieces collected by the Marquis de Cerralbo and his family, obtained on numerous trips across Spain and Europe, which are displayed alongside archaeological discoveries. Among others, you'll find paintings (Zurbaran, El Greco, Alonso Cano), sculptures, clocks, coins, armor and artefacts.