Museo de San Isidro
Museo de San Isidro
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • La Latina • 3 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 7 min walk
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  • Quill2005
    Ocala, Florida266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Small Museum
    An easy 8 minute walk from the Plaza Mayor, this small museum gives a good history of the city of Madrid and shows the miraculous well associated with San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid. The museum is free and has signs throughout the exhibits in Spanish and English. If you have the time, do drop in for a visit, staff is friendly. Nearby is the medieval church of San Pedro Viejo which should also be visited.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Resli C
    London, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little museum
    Great little museum. I appreciated that placards were in both Spanish and English. A fascinating glimpse into the history of the place we call Madrid. The elephant skull and tusks is astonishing! Tranquil courtyard with fountain and sculptures. I spent a long time sitting on a bench, listening to the birds and water as I relaxed. Would recommend
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2024
  • Steve L
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    Excellent museum focusing on the pre-historic Madrid, Roman era and late middle ages. Hidden gem. Quiet and modern. Small cafes nearby and a 10 minute walk from Plaza Mayor
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX988 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This museum of a bit off the beaten tourist path and well worth your time if you love history. It focuses on history in the Madrid area from prehistoric times until about when the Royal Court began calling Madrid home. You'll learn about a mammoth miracle, see the well where San Isidro performed his miracle, see relics from the time the Romans controlled Madrid, and much more. It is free to enter and the information is in Spanish and English. This is definitely somewhat of a hidden gem.
Written 4 January 2020
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Emily A
Madrid, Spain264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Do you like history? Are you interested in the ancient origins of Madrid? Do you like old buildings and older neighborhoods? If you can say, yes!
Then come to the free museum tucked in the center of medieval La Latina. I love knowing the progression of history through stories, artifacts, art and more.
(And being that I had visited the Museum of Madrid the day before, this museum was the perfect pairing. A venerable culmination of Madrid history.)
So, it is a dark museum with simple displays, simple plaques, and kind people working there. I spent more than an hour and enjoyed every moment. I hope you would too.
Written 14 July 2021
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M G
Arlington, VA94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is a small museum in Madrid dedicated to the archaeology and history of the city. Entry is free, and exhibits include a wide variety of displays and artifacts describing the earliest days of human habitation in the region through about the sixteenth or seventeenth century. My favorite exhibits included models showing the urban development of Madrid over time.

Though small, the sixteenth-century building itself is a highlight. There are multiple levels and numerous details to explore, such as a lovely interior courtyard and an ancient well.

When I visited there was a temporary exhibit featuring large-scale photography of an archaeological site in Egypt. I really appreciated that the pictures focused on the local Egyptian workers participating in the dig.

Highly recommended for those interested in history, archaeology, and architecture.
Written 31 March 2023
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An easy 8 minute walk from the Plaza Mayor, this small museum gives a good history of the city of Madrid and shows the miraculous well associated with San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid. The museum is free and has signs throughout the exhibits in Spanish and English. If you have the time, do drop in for a visit, staff is friendly. Nearby is the medieval church of San Pedro Viejo which should also be visited.
Written 10 April 2024
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Nina F
Brisbane, Australia132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
What a fabulous hidden gem in Madrid. This museum with a small but comprehensive collection of artefacts from the origins and evolution of modern day Madrid. The museum is well organised with informative and clear Spanish and English notes about the collection, accompanied by interesting visual projections. It was also very pleasant to be able to move around the collection without huge crowds.
Written 18 June 2023
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
This is a free museum in Madrid. It shows the history of the city from the Prehistoric time to the 15th century. I love the water well, it is the place where Saint Isidore performed the miracle of the baby. I also love the building and the courtyard.
Written 7 November 2020
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genibre69
London, UK5,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Lovely little museum I spent about an hour in last night. Open until 8pm Sat night so came in about 6pm. It’s free and the front-desk staff is very friendly. Traces the history of Madrid and the region from prehistoric times to medieval. Not tons to see but what is shown is showcased well. Photos allowed. Masks worn inside.
Written 20 March 2022
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Resli C
London, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Great little museum. I appreciated that placards were in both Spanish and English.
A fascinating glimpse into the history of the place we call Madrid.
The elephant skull and tusks is astonishing!

Tranquil courtyard with fountain and sculptures. I spent a long time sitting on a bench, listening to the birds and water as I relaxed.

Would recommend
Written 20 April 2024
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Steve L
32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Excellent museum focusing on the pre-historic Madrid, Roman era and late middle ages. Hidden gem. Quiet and modern. Small cafes nearby and a 10 minute walk from Plaza Mayor
Written 5 May 2024
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GermanJody
Cologne727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
This small museum tucked away in the middle of the oldest part of Madrid is worth a visit if only for its beautiful glass-domed patio renacentista.

The museum’s newer name shows that the new focus is more on Madrid’s origins than just on its patron saints Isidro and his wife, Santa María de la Cabeza, (the name St. Mary of the Head evidently refers to the rain-making powers of her head, used as a reliquary after her death). The exhibit covering Madrid’s history from the Romans to the present was unfortunately closed off to visitors on the Tuesday afternoon I was there, due to financial cutbacks as I learned here on TripAdvisor later.

Still, the museum is free, and the panels are mostly in Spanish and in English for the benefit of the non-Spanish speaking tourists.I could have a look at the Pozo del Milagro, the miracle well, well protected by an attractive metal enclosure. I also admired various religious paintings including a beautiful Virgin with Child by Pedro Berruguete – who I later found out was a important painter from the time of the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella.

But the best part of my visit was sitting in the shade in the beautifully enclosed Renaissance courtyard, gazing at the colonnades decorated with some Roman-looking pieces, accompanied only by the relaxing splashing from a small fountain.

I’m looking forward to my next visit on the weekend, when as I’ve learned from another helpful review here, the exhibit on the history of Madrid is open. Maybe I'll have the chance to experience the 3D specials mentioned in other reviews and be able to visit the chapel too.
Written 20 October 2013
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