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Museo ABC. Photo: Jesús Granada

Museo ABC. Photo: Jesús Granada

Museo ABC. Photo: Jesús Granada

Address Amaniel 29-31; 28015 Madrid
by Plaza Comendadores
Neighbourhood Malasaña – Conde Duque | See on map
Metro Noviciado [L2], San Bernardo‎ [L2, L4], Plaza España [L3, L10]
Telephone +34 91 758 83 79
Website http://www.museoabc.es/
Price Free
Hours Tues-Sat 11-20. Sun 11-16

You need only to have an interest in design and architecture to find a visit to the Museo ABC worthwhile, rather than be a great fan of the illustration art to which museum is dedicated.

Spanish architects Arranguren & Gallegos have transformed the former brewery building into one of Madrid’s most exciting public spaces, cleverly employing sparkling triangular glass and steel shards for a mosaic which extends from the walls to the courtyard floor, visually stunning and creating light shafts at the same time.

It takes its name – Museo ABC de Dibujo e Ilustración, in full – from ABC, Spain’s oldest newspaper still in print, whose foundation is funding the operation, and the drawing and illustration art that it houses. Works of Spanish greats like Antonio Mingote and José Luis Martín Mena share the space with temporary exhibitions of more contemporary artists.

Feeling more like a gallery than a museum and right in the ever hipper Conde Duque shopping district, it makes a pleasant little cultural detour (the six floors of the building also hold a floating cafeteria). And if you’ve always shied away from learning your history, what better way to go over the years than with pictures? Easy as A,B,C.