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March to October:
Mon-Fri 9:30am – 2:30pm
Sundays, festivals 10:00am – 1:00pm
November to February:
Mon-Fri 9:30am – 2:30pm
Calle Alcalá, 237. 28028 Madrid.
Telephone: (+34) 91 725 18 57.
Ventas station (L2, L5).
Lines 12, 21, 38, 53, 106, 110, 146.
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The Museum is located in the Las Ventas Bullring, in the Courtyard of Horses, where all kinds of items related to bulls are on display. It is divided into 6 areas, with more than 150 pieces arranged chronologically and exhibited in this walk through bullfighting history. Most pieces were donated by the great masters.
Among the most representative works, there is a portrait of Belmonte painted by Vázquez Díaz, and a set of sculptures done by Mariano Benlliure. Paintings show common scenes, portraits of bull fighters, and representative sculptures of the greatest moments of the monumental Madrid. The heads of mythical bulls, signs, and busts of important people throughout history can also be seen. One of the most popular areas is Zone 3: The space reserved for bright suits and capes.
The Bullfighting Museum, located in the courtyard of horses bullring of Las Ventas, was created in 1951 by the Provincial Council of Madrid under the chairmanship of Don Mariano Ossorio Arevalo, Marquis of Valdavia, and inaugurated on May 15, 1951, the feast of San Isidro Labrador, patron of the city of Madrid. The core of its facilities was the newly acquired collection Cañabate Ortiz.
EXHIBITION OF BULLFIGHTING CLOTHES
The Bullfighting Museum also has an extensive exhibition of dresses of fighting various bullfighters such as Paco Camino that evening dressed in which seven bulls dealt alone the June 4, 1970 and the famous lilac dress and so often he wore gold Antoñete. Also includes the green and gold dress with which confirmed the alternative bullfighter Cristina Sanchez; and vest he wore José Gomez Ortega «Joselito», the evening of his death in Talavera de la Reina, the May 16, 1920.
Similarly, capotes several bullfighters are other jewels of the Museum, for example, that belonged to Ricardo Torres’ Bombita «another Basque bullfighter Luis Mazzantini, and one who wore Juan Belmonte in their glory years. Particularly striking is the capes of Domingo Ortega, embroidered in gold and purple flowers, with the figure of the Nazarene.
There is also a large collection of bullfighting posters, Interlocking will notably announcing the inaugural run of the bullring of Las Ventas, the June 17, 1931, or those posters that illustrated the various extraordinary run of Charity.
HEADS OF BULLS
The museum also has some of the most important heads of bulls in the history of bullfighting, especially highlighting the bull «Bullseye» from the ranch of Don Antonio Miura, who mortally wounded Espartero, the May 27, 1894 in Madrid bullring, bull or «Burlero» which fatally wounded Jose Cubero «Yiyo».
They may also be other curios as, for example, rapiers and fundones, monteras, bows, scissors, sticks or banderillas, which are part of the history of bullfighting.
The current visit to the museum includes a room where a documentary video in which demonstrates the close relationship between art and bullfighting, between different art forms and bullfighting is projected.