Cultural Foundations and Exhibition Halls

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There’s more in Madrid for culture vultures than just Paseo del Arte (Art Walk): Paseo de la Castellana accommodates important exhibition halls, many of them run by cultural foundations managed by banks, insurance companies or big corporations. Find some of them below.

This vibrant cultural centre is famous for its temporary exhibitions and its amazing vertical garden.

Madrid headquarters of this Spanish cultural foundation located in Chamberí, where you can take part in all kinds of cultural and educational activities as well as exhibitions.

Located at the beginning of Paseo de la Castellana, next to Plaza de Castilla, this small exhibition hall hosts free exhibitions all year round.

A must on anyone's cultural checklist, this exhibition hall is located along the well-known Art Walk.

The past, present and future of telecommunications and art go hand in hand in one of the most prominent buildings on Gran Vía avenue. 

This active, family-run cultural heritage institution produces exhibitions as well as concerts and lecture series. 

The old Palacio de Marqués de Salamanca nowhouses cultural facilities hosted by the BBVA Foundation.

Private cultural institution which houses The Martyrdom of St. Andrew painting by Rubens

A multifunctional and modern complex for the citizen, dedicated to architecture.

Contemporary art and photography in an emblematic building by architect Antonio Palacios.

This new state-owned museum hosts exhibitions and cultural activities related with architecture.

Founded in 1910, these halls have been the wellspring of a number of great Spanish artists of the 20th century, from Unamuno to Lorca and Dalí.

Inspired by the spirit of the philosopher Ortega y Gasset, the foundation is devoted to the study of the Humanities.

Housed in an old Canal de Isabel II warehouse, this is one of the most emblematic art centres in the city. 

First rate art and photography exhibitions are hosted inside this former elevated water deposit.

Unique cultural space housed in Madrid’s Former Tobacco Factory in the Lavapiés neighbourhood. TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION.

A non-profit organisation devoted to research, education and the preparation of architecture, design and urban development projects.

Exhibition hall in front of the Retiro Park, exhibiting different technological, scientific and cultural initiatives.

A beautiful industrial building dating from the early 20th Century, refurbished in 1996, is home to the Madrid premises of the prestigious foundation from Cantabria.


Groundbreaking and avant-garde headquarters of the Free Educational Institution, located in the heart of Chamberí.


Unique historic building that stands out for its eclecticism, in the heart of the Chueca district.

Institution dedicated to conserving and disseminating the work of painter Manuel Benedito.

Cultural space for cultural and knowledge exchange between Spain and Mexico, in Chamberí.

Here the most avant-garde artistic expressions come together in this Neo-Mudéjar building in Lavapiés.


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  • A one-kilometre stretch that is home to three of the best museums in the world: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. 

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  • Check out which exhibitions are currently showing in Madrid, Spain, a city whose art scene knows few rivals.  

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