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How many of you are already planning the end of year trip? More and more students and teachers ask us what activities they can do to complete their end of year trip in Madrid. And part of the charm of the capital lies in the variety of plans it offers for people of all ages, whether they come with their school, on a trip with friends... That's why today we are going to focus on the 5 museums in Madrid that are essential for a study trip.

1. National Museum of Natural Sciences

Opening hours: Monday (closed) ; Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you walk along Paseo de la Castellana towards Santiago Bernabeu you will find this building halfway down the road, the National Museum of Natural Sciences. This museum, considered one of the best in the world, brings together a wide representation of the world's fauna. Throughout its extensive collection of stuffed animals, students will encounter rhinos, giraffes, elephants, the extinct Tasmanian tiger... among many others.

In addition, it offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. For example, all those who go with the school will be able to enjoy a very original workshop, where you will be able to learn about the evolution of the Homo sapiens. By studying the skulls of different species and using the techniques of paleoanthropologists, you will be able to define traits such as sex and age of individuals such as the Homo habilis. 

2. Sorolla Museum

Opening hours: Monday (closed); Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

You will see it located in a spectacular mansion surrounded by an immense garden.

Located in the heart of the Chamberí district you will find the Sorolla Museum. This museum is very peculiar, since it is considered a house-museum which still preserves much of its decoration, so visiting the different rooms while enjoying the artist's collections will be very pleasant.

In addition, this particular museum offers very dynamic activities and programs in which they propose a double visit to schools, Tuesday and Thursday. In this way, on the first day the students will get to know the rooms, the history of the museum, we will carry out a painting workshop... and on the second day you will be the ones who act as guides with your own companions. Much more fun and accessible for everyone, right?

3. Costume Museum

Opening hours: Monday (closed); Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

He Costume Museum It contains a wide variety of historical and contemporary collections and aims to show you the evolution of clothing, from the 16th century to the present day.

Among the activities proposed we can highlight Stitches with thread, in which always using clothing as a common thread, the collection is approached from different points of view: history, literature, technology, etc.
During the visit to the rooms, and through questions and exercises of deduction and reflection, the guides encourage you to develop your designs and connect the objects in the collection with your previous knowledge about the different disciplines.

4. Reina Sofia Museum

Opening hours: Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday closed); Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and

 Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

What would you think of having the Reina Sofia Museum tickets at your fingertips?

The Reina Sofia National MuseumIt is one of the most important museums in Madrid and offers you an extensive collection of works by Spanish contemporary art. You will find it located in the heart of the Atocha area and there you will be able to enjoy the largest and best collections of important Spanish painters such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. 

Likewise, one of the most characteristic programs that this museum offers to schools is known as Document and Document. Once you have finished viewing the collections, this program will allow you to work in a workshop on the development of an autonomous documentation process, where you will be able to see that documentary records can be starting points to generate other narratives that are completely removed from reality.

5. Madrid Space Station NASA

Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

It is a key center to follow missions such as Curiosity or Kepler.

A little further from the capital of Madrid but still within its limits, you will find the Madrid Space Station NASAThere is a small museum with lunar rocks, rocket models, samples of the food that astronauts eat on their missions... Even an astronaut suit with which you can take some incredible photos! In addition, along the way you will see information panels that explain how the center works.

Not only that, but you can do some of the most interesting activities in its workshops, such as building a sundial, making and learning how a water rocket works, or getting to know the stars in depth.


The fortune frog of Madrid

This type of donation by casinos has also been made in other cities around the world, such as Las Vegas or Berlin.

If you walk through it Recoletos Walk, you will be able to admire one of the most well-known and characteristic sculptures of this street, the Fortune Frog. Located right at the door of the Gran Madrid Casino  Since April 2014, this frog has been considered a donation, a thank you from the Casino to the capital, for allowing its opening after so many years of prohibition.

this frog It is a piece made of bronze about four meters high. and symbolizes good luck. In addition, symbols of fortune from around the world have been placed on the animal's legs and belly, and on the paving you can see spotlights specially placed to illuminate the sculpture at night.

Madrid's royal palace

Prices vary a little depending on your age: for adults it is 10 euros; for students, youth card, over 65 and under 16 years old it is 5 euros and free if you have the Madrid Card.

He Madrid's royal palace, also known as the Palacio de Oriente, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although today the palace is used only for receptions, ceremonies and official events. It is located in the heart of the capital, in the Plaza de Oriente, very close to other points of interest such as the Plaza de España, the Plaza Mayor or the Almudena Cathedral, among many others.

This palace offers both free and guided visits throughout the year, closing only during official events. In fact, the most typical visit includes access to the Official Rooms, to the Royal Armory Yet the Royal Pharmacy. 

Plaza Mayor of Madrid

The square measures 129 meters long by 94 meters wide and is surrounded by arcades and three-story buildings.

Main square, A must on any visit, getaway or trip to Madrid! This famous square is also located in the heart of the capital, a few meters from the Sun Gate and of Royal Palace.

Here you will find three points of special interest: the Statue of Philip III, the Bakery House and the The Cuchilleros Arch. Furthermore, for many years, at Christmas, the Plaza Mayor has been filled with positions with articles christmas, joke objects and costumes of all kinds. Not only that, but you will have the chance to try one of those famous squid sandwiches, very characteristic and typical on any trip we make to Madrid.

What do you think of an end-of-year trip to Madrid?

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