The Community of Madrid will reopen the old lobby of the Pacífico metro station to the public at the end of the month
The Community of Madrid will reopen the old concourse of the Pacífico station on 27 February, with full safety guarantees in place, after its closure due to the coronavirus health crisis. As Vice-President, Regional Minister for Sport, Transparency, and Spokesperson for the Government of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, and Regional Minister for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido explained today during a visit to the underground's Engine Shed.
The old Pacífico lobby is the last Metro museum space still awaiting reopening, after the classic trains exhibition in Chamartín, the old Chamberí station, the Engine Shed and the Caños del Peral Museum were reopened in December.
From next Saturday, 27 February, all visitors wishing to access these facilities will need to request an appointment in advance and capacity will be limited to five people. This space will be open on the last Saturday of each month, and guided tours will be offered from 10:00 to 14:00, and from 16:00 to 20:00.
The Pacífico station came into service in 1923, when the Atocha-Vallecas section of line 1 was inaugurated. The original lobby closed in 1966, when the platforms on this line were extended from 60 to 90 metres. This meant the construction of new lobbies and access points. Metro de Madrid decided to refurbish the old lobby as a museum, respecting the original station décor as designed by architect Antonio Palacios in 1923.
In order to ensure that visits are carried out safely, those interested in accessing any of the museums on the Madrid underground must make an appointment via the website https://museosmetromadrid.es.
Furthermore, all visits will be conducted by a guide, and capacity will be limited to between 5 and 10 people, depending on the area. Preventive measures will also be implemented, such as the mandatory use of masks, and hand sanitiser will be available for visitor use.
Entrance is free, with the exception of the Chamartín Historical Trains Museum, as a valid transport ticket is necessary in order to enter the station. All the information is available on the website, where you can make an appointment.
Over the course of 2019, a total of 155,166 people visited the Metro's museum spaces. In January and February 2020, visit numbers increased by more than 30%, while in March, with the declaration of the state of alert and the health crisis, Metro decided to close the museums as a precaution. The Chamartín, Chamberí, Engine Shed, and Caños del Peral museums reopened last December, and have already received almost 4,000 visitors.