Biblioteca Nacional & Museo del Libro

Biblioteca Nacional & Museo del Libro information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Paseo de los Recoletos 20
Telephone
+34 91 580 78 05
Getting there
Metro: Colón
More information
www.bne.es
Opening hours
library 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm Sat mid-Sep–mid-Jun, 9am-7.30pm Mon-Fri mid-Jun–mid-Sep; museum 10am-8pm Tue-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun
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Perhaps the most impressive of the grand edifices erected along the Paseo de los Recoletos in the 19th century, the 1892 Biblioteca Nacional (National Library) dominates the southern end of Plaza de Colón. Downstairs, and entered via a separate entrance, the fascinating and recently overhauled museum is a must for bibliophiles, with interactive displays on printing presses and other materials, illuminated manuscripts, the history of the library, and literary cafes.

Our favourite exhibits are the 1626 map of Spain and Picasso’s Mademoiselle Léonie en un sillón in the Sala de las Musas. There’s not an e-book in sight.