If you are a lover of architecture and art, then a visit to Madrid’s Museo ABC de Dibujo e Ilustración (ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration), Museo ABC for short, is a must for you.
Originally built at the turn of the 20th century to house the first Mahou beer factory in the capital, the building has been renovated into a work of architectural art itself. Boasting three above ground floors and one underground gallery, the structure celebrates both its contemporary and historical uses. The top floor offers a wonderful skyline view of Madrid’s main thoroughfare, Gran Via. You can enjoy a snack or beverage within the museum’s cafeteria, situated on a hovering bridge offering wide views of the street, surrounding buildings, and the museum’s plaza. If you are lucky you may find the cafeteria’s glass walls have been transformed into an artist’s canvas. The entrance to the museum opens to the museum’s expansive store-library space, where one can sit and enjoy any of the for sale books filled with intriguing illustrations, take part in an interactive drawing activity, or begin to enjoy the museum’s large collection of exhibited drawings and illustrations.
The museum contains 200,000 drawing and illustrations from 1,500 different artists and is home to the Colección ABC of the major Spanish national newspaper ABC. Founded in 1903, ABC has a long history covering Spain’s national and international news highlighted by the illustrations and drawings in the collection. There are no permanent exhibits, so any return visits hold the promise of seeing something new.
The museum offers education programs for students ranging from primary to secondary school, as well as workshops for exhibition visitors. Utilization of the museum’s website by visitors to stay update on all activities, exhibits, and collections offered by Museo ABC is highly recommended.
Guided visits are available by appointment.
Calle Amaniel, 29 - Metro San Bernardo, Noviciado, Ventura Rodríguez, Plaza de España
T: +34 91 758 83 79
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 11AM to 8PM
Sundays 10AM to 2PM