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05-08-2017

Between January-July Metro received 54,000 visits at its museums.

The Metro Chief Executive Officer visits the Pacífico Engine Shed today to present a balance sheet of the Company’s museum activity. During the whole year, Metro expects to surpass 90,000 visits, 15% more than in 2016. The museums consolidate their position in the cultural and leisure options offered by the capital

In the first seven months of the year the Metro Madrid museums received a total of 54,000 visits by Madrilenians and tourists, which consolidates the three venues as major cultural and leisure options offered by the capital. The Metro Madrid CEO, Borja Carabante, visited the Pacífico Engine Shed today to present a general assessment of the activity of the Company’s museums, which include not only this facility but also the old Chamberí Station and the Caños del Peral Museum, located at Ópera Station.

Accordingly, Carabante underlined the warm welcome and the interest aroused by the Metro museums, both amongst Madrilenians and tourists. In fact, the three venues receive as many as 2,000 visitors a week. Even so, at certain times of the year, such as Easter Week, the number of visitors increases considerably. During this period in 2017, in fact, the number of visits increased by 87%, reaching from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 April, the figure of 3,758.

In all, from January to July 2017 the Metro Madrid museums received 54,000 visits, so the total forecast by the end of the year is over 90,000, compared with the 77,500 of 2016, which represents an increase in visits of more than 15% if these forecasts prove correct.

To date, the venue that has received the largest number of visits is Chamberí Station, with almost 33,000 visits in the first seven months of the year, followed by Caños del Peral Museum, with nearly 15,000, and the Pacífico Engine Shed, which has exceeded 6,000 visits.

THE METRO MADRID MUSEUMS

The Pacífico Engine Shed, which was built between 1922 and 1923 and opened in 1924, remained in operation until 1972. The building stands out for its clarity of design, attention to detail and excellent execution. The conservation works restored the bay to its original appearance, both outside and inside, so that the power plant was recovered for the public just as it was designed.

The old Chamberí Station belongs to the first metro line, which was inaugurated in Madrid in 1919. It was closed on 21 May 1966 after the decision to increase the length of the trains and in view of the fact that it was impossible to make the station any longer. The design, by Antonio Palacios, opted for an extremely straightforward functional solution with regard to constructional runs and organization and for plain finishes. Chamberí has a series of advertising posters which are preserved practically as they were created in the decade of the 20s and which now represent one of the main attractions of the station.

As regards Ópera, during the execution of works for the installation of lifts the decision was taken to set up a museum with the remains of the Caños del Peral Fountain, the Amaniel Aqueduct and the Arenal Drain. The discovery of these remains took place in 1925, during the works for the construction of the Sol-Quevedo section of Line 2 and of the Ópera-Norte Spur. After its rehabilitation, Ópera Station houses the largest underground archaeological museum in Madrid, a 200 square metre space where we may see archaeological remains from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Access to all the Andén 0 venues is free. Through these centres the visitor may get to know the fundamental change that the metro represented for Madrid residents and appreciate the special relationship established between the Underground and the city by way of technological development, engineering, advertising aesthetics or design.

Entry to these venues is free. The visiting hours are as below:

Pacífico Engine Shed:

Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chamberí Station:

Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caños del Peral Museum

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.

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