Museum, art gallery, creative space or simply the best place to let your imagination fly. Ikono Madrid opened its doors in August 2020 to make us all dream, children and adults, and to make us spend a fantasy time.
As it could not be otherwise, this newborn museum is designed by and for today's generations: along the tour you can enjoy immersive sensory experiences, change scenery from one place to another and take pictures, lots of pictures.
Did you know that in addition to the countless selfies you'll take, the museum has a professional photographer to capture the best moments of your visit? No doubt, you'll be the envy of Instagram! But let's take it step by step: the first thing you have to do to open the gates of (photographic) heaven is to get your ticket for Ikono Madrid.
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If you are planning your visit to Madrid, you should know that there is a new museum that, with only a few months open to the public, has become the favorite experience of young, young and old, locals and tourists. In a tour of its different rooms you can teleport from a lush forest of Japanese bamboo to a room full of neon or a ball pool.
The important thing is that you disconnect from the outside world, let your imagination fly and immerse yourself in this world of fantasy, textures, colors and smells that is triumphing in Madrid. And although this museum is much more than just a place to take pictures, it is clear that photography has an important place. You will be able to wear several outfits to change clothes, you will enjoy taking colorful pictures and you will have a photographer in the museum who will take professional pictures of the visitors.
Why I like this option: Madrid is a city that invites you to stop by, get lost in its streets and soak up its culture. But whether you are traveling in a group, with your family or even alone, you could use this dose of excitement and disconnection that is triumphing in the city. With a concept just arrived from the United States, Ikono Madrid is unique in Europe, making it the perfect visit during your trip.
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What will you see in Ikono Madrid?
Honestly, I don't want to give you too much away because the place is worth discovering and savoring it room by room for yourself. Throughout its three floors and fifteen rooms you will be able to travel around the world, discover smells you didn't know or be transported to a night illuminated by millions of colored lights.
This is not a conventional museum: you do not need to plan the tour, have context about their works or plan which galleries to visit. At Ikono Madrid you go to let yourself go, to immerse yourself in its immersive experiences and to lose track of time and space.
Can I go with children to Ikono Madrid?
It's not that you can, it's that you should! Ikono Madrid is open for children and adults -I can't guarantee who will enjoy the visit more. Of course, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the experience.
If you're worried about whether the kids will get the most out of this visit, here's a list of reasons why they'll have an amazing time:
- Visiting Ikono Madrid, the little ones will be able to enjoy some time for themselves after having walked long hours around the city and having visited other more "serious" museums such as El Prado, the Thyssen or the Reina Sofia.
- You will be able to live a family experience where you will enjoy together, young and old, and I assure you that it will be one of the most memorable moments of your trip.
- The younger ones will learn that museums don't have to be boring and that learning can be fun.
- You will awaken their curiosity and surely, their desire to travel. Some of the rooms will leave them fascinated at certain times and that will awaken their desire to continue learning more and more about the world.
- They will discover smells and textures that they surely do not know yet, so you will be stimulating their senses.
- The visit is short, which makes it even more convenient for younger children, as it is impossible for them to get tired.
Where is Ikono Madrid and how to get there?
Ikono Madrid is in the heart of Madrid:, in the barrio de Lavapiés, in Calle de Sánchez Bustillo.
You can get there walking if you are visiting the city center or by subway (using line 1 and getting off at the Estación del Arte stop). You can also walk there from Atocha train station (origin and destination of hundreds of commuter trains), so there is no excuse to miss this fantastic "immersive art gallery".
Ikono Madrid opening hours
Ikono Madrid is open every day of the week at the following times:
- Monday - Friday: from 16:00 to 22:00h
- Saturdays and Sundays: from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 16:00 to 22:00.
How long does the visit last?
You can complete the museum tour in one hour, though you can stop a little longer to get (even) more out of it. This makes it the perfect break from your visit to the city and immerse yourself for a while in a completely different universe where the most important thing will be the enjoyment.
What should I bring to Ikono Madrid?
To access the museum you only need your identity card and your ticket, but if you feel like taking photos and having good memories of the visit, I recommend you to bring some extravagant or flashy clothes to change or play with the accessories. Again, you'll have to let your imagination run wild to decide which outfits go best with you. Otherwise, you can always take inspiration from the official Instagram account of Ikono Madrid::.
Also remember to bring your mobile phone or camera charged with battery, as you won't want to miss a single snapshot in this place.
What to see around Ikono Madrid
Taking advantage of your passage through the heart of the city, it's a good time to walk the streets of Lavapiés, a traditional neighborhood full of contrasts, cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. Some of the best tapas and snacks in Madrid are prepared here, so if your visit to Ikono has made you hungry (or thirsty) you're sure to find a terrace where you can get your strength back.
You can also walk along the nearby Paseo del Prado, one of the largest boulevards in Madrid that will take you in a straight line to the famous fountains of Neptuno and Cibeles. You can do all this on your own or join one of the guided tours: of Madrid to walk along it with an expert guide.
Another area that I recommend visiting and that is not far from Ikono Madrid is known as Barrio de las Letras. The most traditional part of Madrid has small streets that seem to be taken from a picturesque village. They are mostly pedestrian, which invites you to get carried away and get lost in its corners. The great geniuses of Spanish literature chose it as an area where to live and take inspiration for their works (hence the name of the neighborhood!).
The famous Puerta del Sol is also not far from Ikono Madrid, just a 15 minute walk away. If you have not yet set foot on the Kilometer 0 from which all the roads in Spain start or you have not visited this famous square where thousands of Madrilenians gather every New Year's Eve, this may be a good time.
Other interesting museums near Ikono Madrid
But if there is something that distinguishes the area where Ikono Madrid is located, it is the concentration of museums. Did you know that they recently changed the name of their metro station to "Estación del Arte"? Near Ikono you have the Museo Reina Sofía:, the Thyssen and a little further on, the Museo del Prado:.