Geomining Museum Madrid

Publicado el 4 June 2011
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The geological and mining of Spain is located in the street of Ríos Rosas No.23. Simple outer appearance, the building was built by Francisco Javier de Luque between 1925 and 1927, with the École des mines engineers, work of Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, who apparently inspired some of the elements of the project of Luque. This architect is the author of other important buildings in Madrid, for example the Cuartel General of the Navy and Naval Museum, in the calle Montalbán.

However, its interior, where installed the Museum Geomining, one of the most unique and perhaps unknown Madrid, is a striking decorative wealth. The entrance to the Museum takes place by a monumental staircase of marble from Macael, with strong artificial stone columns that hold a vault with artistic stained-glass Windows by Maumejean House.

Once on the first floor, we are going through a hallway where, as in the Museum, preserved the original furniture. A large geological map of Spain recalls the origin of this institution, began in 1849 when the work of the “Commission to form the geological Charter of Madrid and the general of the Kingdom”, created by Elizabeth II, Commission which has changed several times to name throughout history, currently is the geological and mining Spain. He also had several branches, until the construction of this magnificent and luxurious building.

The Museum has located on a large ship of rectangular shape, 19 meters high, topped by another spectacular stained-glass window polychrome mode of suspended ceiling and several lateral stained glass Windows.

Space, formed by the first floor and three floors in the form of corridors with beautiful balconies of wrought iron, impresses the visitor.

We climbed to the upper floors through one of the narrow spiral staircases located at the corners of the site.

The building blends wood, glass and iron masterly.


The collections of this museum are very important, in Spain and in the world. One hundred forty-one showcases of glass and carved wooden bear fossils, minerals and rocks of all types. The autonomous communities are represented on the second floor. The showcase dedicated to the Community of Madrid shows the different kinds of mineral deposits in our region. Quartz of El Berrueco, Valdemanco Opal fluorite from Arroyo… Colmenar

In this plant are also the remains of a Madrid goat, the complete skeleton of a goat mountain, discovered in 1967 by a team of Madrid cavers in the cave of the Reguerillo, near Paton, together with the Lozoya River, in the North of Madrid.

The Site of goats belongs to the upper Pleistocene, about 40,000 years ago. It consists of more than eight kilometres of intricate galleries, some of them already known in the 19th century, although in the middle of the 20th were explored in depth, discovering new remains of animals of the madrilenian prehistory.

In general, the visit is very welcome, it is in those places where you feel at ease, even a few comfortable armchairs invite you to sit and contemplate the space quietly, something difficult to find today in museums and exhibition halls. Those museums which is so important is the content as the continent. Rich mineral and paleontological, geological heritage in a beautiful building.

Text and photos by: Mercedes Gómez

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Geomining Museum
23 Pink rivers Street
Hours: 9 to 14 h
Monday to Sunday and public holidays
Free admission

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