Sorolla Museum House Collection
The Sorolla Museum exhibits the collection of works by the most important impressionist painter in Spain and is housed in Madrid in the former artist’s house, one of the best preserved house-museum in all of Europe.
Joaquín Sorolla was one of the most significant Spanish painters of the modern age, a master who was ispired by the modern Impressionist language but was able to pursue his own style, achieving fame at home and abroad, as shown by his winning of the Grand Prix of the Spanish pavilions at the Universal Expo in Paris in 1900. In its paintings Sorolla shown his unique ability to represent light. It is this bright light that is the most magnetic feature of the canvases that decorate the rooms of this beautiful modernist villa where the painter lived with his family.
From private collection to Museum
Thanks to the painter’s wife, Clotilde, who bequeathed the house and collection to the Spanish state, Sorolla’s house became a state museum in 1932, opening the collection of works, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and personal objects to the public.
Among all these pieces, what undoubtedly strikes the most are the canvases, some of considerable size, in which Sorolla managed to capture the essence of light and its reflections on the Valencian coast, where he used to spend the summer with his family: Clotilde, the children, some friends are the protagonists of these paintings flooded with sun and light.
The ticket allows access also to the wonderful garden of the villa which also houses a small lake: here, the Italian garden with its perfect geometries, is accompanied by the Andalusian patio with its beautiful azulejos, which is why the visit to the House Museum Sorolla is especially recommended during the hot Spanish summer.
At 5 pm, from Tuesday to Friday, included in the ticket price, you can visit the collection with a free guided tour of approximately one hour; the visit does not require a reservation but has a limit of 20 people per group.
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37
Tuesday – Saturday from 9.30 am to 8 pm; Sunday and bank holidays from 10 am to 3 pm
Our advice is to go to the Sorolla Museum in the late afternoon as in the morning and until 4 pm you can freequently meet with groups of students from schools and Art Academies.
Whole ticket: 3 €, reduced 1,50 €
Free entrance on Saturday from 2 pm and Sundays; 18 April, 18 May, 12 October, 6 Dicember
How to get to Sorolla Museum
Bus: Line 5, 7, 14, 16, 27, 40, 45, 61, 147, 150
Underground: Line 1 – Iglesia; Line 5 – Rubén Darío; Line 7 or 10 – Gregorio Marañón
Bike: in addition to having a parking space for bicycles right in front of the Sorolla House Museum, even those who travel with the BiciMad public service can leave their bicycles nearby, in calle Fernandez de la Hoz n.29 (place 125) or in Paseo de la Castellana n.43 (place 141).