The Community of Madrid extends the opening hours of Metro museums during the whole of Easter
The Community of Madrid will extend the days on which the most emblematic Metro museums can be visited so that the public can enjoy them every day of the Easter Week. This was announced by the Regional Minister for Housing and Local Administration, David Pérez, during his visit to Chamartín station, where a detailed tour of the origin and evolution of the first train models that ran on the underground network can be seen.
With this extension of the opening hours, the Chamartín, Nave de Motores, Chamberí, Caños del Peral and Vestíbulo de Pacífico exhibitions will be open from Monday to Wednesday between 10 am and 2 pm, while Thursday, Friday and Saturday, between 10 am and 2 pm in the morning and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the afternoon. On Sunday, it will only be open in the morning.
Due to health measures implemented due to the COVID pandemic, the visits have limited capacity, so they will take place in guided groups, complying with safety protocols and requiring prior registration on the website museosmetromadrid.es, where the timetables are also specified. Admission to all these areas is free, and you only need a transport ticket to access Chamartín, Ópera and Pacífico stations, as the areas open to visitors are located after the entrances.
The Chamartín station, which hosts the exhibition of classic trains, is a real historical gem, as it has the first models of coaches that operated on line 1 from 1919 to 1965. In addition to the 12 historic coaches restored down to the smallest detail, you can also enjoy around 100 historic pieces of the underground.
The Nave de Motores, built between 1922 and 1924, retains its original appearance and has three huge diesel engines and the rest of the machinery (alternators, transformers, etc.) that were once used to generate and transform the energy with which the trains ran. The building stands out for the clarity of its conception, the attention to detail and good execution that characterise all of the work of one of the great architects of the city’s style during the first half of the 20th century.
Conversely, Chamberí station, known as the Ghost Station, will allow visitors to return to the Madrid of the 1950s and 1960s by descending just a few steps. The old Chamberí station is part to the first Metro line inaugurated in Madrid in 1919, which had eight stations. At the beginning of the 1960s, Compañía Metropolitana decided to make the trains longer and, as it was impossible to extend this station, it was closed. The final closure took place on 22 May 1966. The design is also by Antonio Palacios, who chose a ceramic cladding with ornamental decorations for the interior of the station. Its advertising posters are one of the station's great attractions, as they have been preserved almost exactly as they were created in the 1920s.
Also, during the next few days, the public will be able to enter the Ópera station to see the largest underground archaeological museum in Madrid, a 200 square metre space where you can see archaeological remains from the 16th and 17th centuries from the Fuente de los Caños del Peral, the Aqueduct of Amaniel and the Alcantarilla del Arenal.
And lastly, the former lobby of the Pacífico station stands out, another museum offer of Metro to discover a space that dates back to 1923, when this Line 1 station was inaugurated with the extension from Atocha to Puente de Vallecas. This is another architectural project by Antonio Palacios, which envisaged a vaulted hall with a central skylight, which was modified for the current rectangular floor plan with strong buttresses dividing it into three sections and three more vaults. There was only one access from what used to be the Calle del Pacífico, now Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, on the corner of Calle de Caridad.