Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid

3.5
#369 of 1,567 in Things to do in Madrid
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Palacio de Velázquez, or Velázquez Palace is an exhibition hall located in Buen Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain.
Originally known as the Palacio de la Minería, it was built in 1881-3 for the Exposición Nacional de Minería by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, engineer Alberto Palacio, and ceramist Daniel Zuloaga. It functions as an arts and crafts gallery and is listed as a Bien de Interés Cultural. The building's interior is viewable on Google Street View and it is part of the Google Art Project.
Palacio de Velázquez is located in the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid's Jeronimos district. It occupies a central position in the park, between the large boating lake and the small lake next to the Palacio de Cristal. The Buen Retiro ("nice retreat") was originally a royal hunting ground converted into an exclusive royal park for Felipe IV's Buen Retiro Palace, which spread over 300acre. The palace was largely demolished after the Peninsular War, with only Casón del Buen Retiro (a ballroom) and Salón de Reinos (used as a throne room) still existing, and the park has been open to public since 1868.
Arrange to visit Palacio de Velazquez and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid online holiday planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Palacio de Velazquez
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Palacio de Velazquez reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 3.5
171 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • This large neoclassical, red-brick-and-tile building is an excellent arts venue. We visited in late-February to see the Reina Sofia Museum’s amazing exhibit of Italian artist Mario Merz’s work...  more »
  • We came to see the Mario Mertz exhibition. The building itself is lovely, especially the beautiful tiles on the exterior. If you come inside there are often contemporary artists being shown. The...  more »
Google
  • Beautifully lit space for showcasing art at its finest. A great way to unwind.
  • If you're an artist or you like art I believe it will be a good idea to go

Plan your trip to Madrid

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Madrid

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Madrid

See all ›
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Madrid

See all ›
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
3.6
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Madrid

4.9
Duration: 4 hours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
4.9
Duration: 4h 30 min

Side trips from Madrid

4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Madrid

3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
4.1
Duration: 1 hour