Museo de San Isidro is one of the best museums to visit on a Madrid vacation if you want to learn about the city's history. This small museum north of the city center and near the Fuencarral shopping area is housed in a relatively new building that was constructed after the original structures on the site fell into disrepair. Thankfully, the sixteenth-century courtyard was saved. Legend has it that Madrid's patron saint, San Isidro, died on the site. Legend also has it that the well that is on display at the museum is the same well that the patron saint's son fell into. As the story goes, in order to save his son, San Isidro prayed until the level of the water in the well rose to a sufficient level.
The Museo de San Isidro is situated in an attractive square in Old Madrid, and inside its walls, historical objects of all kinds can be found. These objects offer an interesting view into Madrid history and include artifacts from the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, and Madrid's Roman, Visigoth, and Muslim eras. In addition to archaeological finds, the permanent exhibits at the San Isidro Museum in Madrid also display various plans, sketches, and maps that speak to Madrid's evolution over time. One of the main highlights is a map that is based off of an original Madrid city map from the 1650s. This map depicts the renowned landmark plaza that is the Plaza Mayor.
Should you be interested in taking a tour of the San Isidro Museum in Madrid, admission is free. You can access the exhibits, many of which are temporary, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When cultural enthusiasts aren't enjoying visits to the Museo San Isidro on their Madrid escape, there are plenty of other fantastic museums to check out, including the Prado, Sorolla Museum, and Museo Nacional de Antropologia.