One of the most popular art museums in Spain, this converted electricity factory is a melting pot of retrospective and contemporary exhibitions.
It was in 2001 when the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron had the vision to transform an abandoned electrical factory into a gallery for modern art that the Caixa Forum was formed. As you approach it is hard to miss the two clashing halves of red-brick wall and a 'vertical garden' aesthetic that make up the museum's main façade, a clash which speaks for the aims of the museum as a whole: to mix past and present in art and architecture.
Throughout the museum, which is in itself a majestic work of a work of art, visitors can find a mixture of contemporary and retrospective exhibitions from a range of eras and styles. The Forum frequently hosts special events and activities targeted at families, making it a great stop for anyone visitng Madrid with children. Exhibitions change frequently so be sure to check out what's on before visiting.
Forum de la Caixa
Paseo del Prado 36, 28014 Madrid
Open Daily 10.00 - 20.00. Closed on the 25th of December, the 1st and 6th of January.
The Forum has a Caféteria and Restaurant which is also open from 10.00 - 20.00 daily.