The Community improves and expands the information on Metro's most emblematic museums
The Community of Madrid is improving and expanding the information offered at some of the most important museum areas of the Metro with more attractive and visual supports, with the aim of making visits to its most historic and emblematic places more enriching, such as the Nave de Motores, Chamberí station and the Pacífico hall, all designed by the architect Antonio Palacios.
To improve visitors' experience, who since January have numbered more than 7,800, these spaces have incorporated supports designed according to the unique characteristics of each museum with the idea of connecting easily with their visitors. They are strategically distributed at different points along the route to facilitate access to information on the visited area.
These improvements have been possible thanks to the intense research work carried out by Metro to delve into the context, environment, engineering and architecture of each museum, focusing on the details that make them unique.
In this way, the Community of Madrid continues to work to disseminate its extraordinary legacy among the people of Madrid, highlighting the history of the underground through a new offer that complements the existing offer in museums. All of this will enable visitors to learn more about the origins and singularities of these unique spaces.
The visits are carried out with all the Covid security measures in place and therefore, they always take place with limited capacity and, therefore, by appointment, which can be booked on the website https://museosmetromadrid.es
The Nave de Motores was built between 1922 and 1924 and has retained its original appearance. This impressive room contains three huge diesel engines and other machinery (alternators, transformers, etc.) that served to generate and transform energy to power trains. 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”, enables visitors to return to the Madrid of the 1950s and 1960s by just going down 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. The vault of the station is covered with bevelled white tiles and its buttresses were decorated with large squares of tiles from Seville that outline the contour of advertising posters, also in ceramic, in ochre and blue tapestry. These advertising posters are one of the station's great attractions, as they have been preserved almost exactly as they were created in the 1920s.
The old Pacífico vestibule has also been refurbished and retains the same appearance it had in 1923, when the station was inaugurated, until its final closure in 1966. The decoration of the space has been restored, preserving each and every one of the original architectural elements designed by the architect Antonio Palacios for the station.