Regional Government of Madrid sees increase of almost 70% in number of visits to historical Metro sites since launch of Museum Passport
The Regional Government of Madrid has seen an increase of almost 70% in the number of visits to historical and artistic Metro sites since the Museum Passport initiative was set up on 17 February. The aim is for users to complete the route around the most emblematic sites of the Madrid underground.
The rise in the number of visitors has been particularly significant at the Caños del Peral Museum, located in Ópera station, which has recorded a rise in attendance of 87% over the weekend of 4 March, compared with the weekend of 11 February, and the Classic Train Exhibition at Chamartín Station, with a 97% rise in visits by the public, also compared with the same dates. However, the site to record the largest increase has been the Engine Shed at Pacífico station, with a 200% increase in visits.
The success of this initiative has led to the hand-over of 2,000 passports. These buoyant figures comply with the aim of encouraging passengers to visit these sites, which stand out due to their educational and teaching value. The action proposes that users complete a route around the eight main Metro jewels, which form part of the history of the capital city over the last 100 years.
These spaces are of incalculable value and can be visited free of charge. The offer includes guided tours of the Engine Shed, Chamberí station, the Classic Train Exhibition at Chamartín Station, the Caños del Peral Museum at Ópera station and the Historical Entrance Hall at Pacífico station, which need to be booked in advance on the website https://museosmetromadrid.es. The tour is completed by a journey from the Entrance Hall at Tirso de Molina station, which is still in use, to the Carpetana Palaeontology Site, passing through the recently inaugurated Gran Vía Museum, which has recovered its great access pavilion, a work by the architect Antonio Palacios.
Given that this cultural initiative has been well received and the increase in interest in discovering these interesting sites, Metro de Madrid has extended the guided tours of the Historical Entrance Hall at Pacífico station to Saturday mornings, which until now had only opened once a month. Furthermore, the capacity has also been increased, always subject to the existing rules due to COVID-19, to enhance the offer to residents of Madrid and tourists.
THE PASSPORT MUSEUM
The Passport Museum can be obtained from Chamberí underground station, at the Engine Shed and at the Classic Train Exhibition at Chamartín station, to then visit the rest of the sites.
The Madrid underground stamps a passport each time the holder visits a site, which can be stamped directly at three sites mentioned above. At the rest of the sites, the user should take a selfie with their mobile phone where it can be clearly seen that they have visited the Pacífico Entrance Hall, the Tirso de Molina Entrance Hall, the museum at Gran Vía station, the Caños del Peral Museum and the Carpetana Palaeontology Site.
Once the cultural route proposed in the Passport has been completed, users may go to the Metro stores, with their stamped document, located in Sol and Plaza de Castilla stations to receive their reward.