One of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art that we cannot miss in Madrid is the Reina Sofia National Art Museum, located in the so-called Paseo del arte in Madrid, very close to other museums such as the Meadow or Museo Thyssen Bornemisza.
The Reina Sofia National Art Museum is an eccentric museum and has become one of the main attractions of the Spanish capital, since in 1990 it showed its collection to the public, and especially since 1992, when it became the home of the most famous opera. by Picasso, Guernica.
During its long career the Museum has gained recognition as the most important museum of modern and contemporary art in Spain and one of the most prestigious in the world. And it did so thanks, on the one hand, to its acquisition policy, which built the largest collection of Spanish art in the international context; and, on the other, through a program of exhibitions of indisputable public impact and artistic interest.
The main seat of the Reina Sofía museum is located in the small pedestrian square west of the Atocha station, precisely in Calle Santa Isabel 52.
What to see at the Reina Sofia National Art Museum
The collection of the Reina Sofia National Art Museum, inaugurated in 1990, is the result of the need to create a large museum of contemporary art in Spain.
To this end, the collections of the now defunct Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art were combined with the collection of XNUMXth-century works of art kept in the Prado Museum.
In the current collection of the Reina Sofía museum there are over 30.000 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs and art installations, but only 5% are visible in the museum's exhibitions.
Among them are works by prestigious contemporary artists such as Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris, Delaunay, Braque, Yves Klein, Motherwell or Bacon.
Without a doubt, the Guernica by Picasso is among the visitor's favorites (along with other works by this artist), as are all the works of Miró, Dalí and Juan Gris.
The visit to the permanent collection of the Reina Sofia museum is divided into three areas, the first with works from the first half of the twentieth century, the second with works from 1945 to 1968, and the third group of works carried out until 1982.
In addition, at the Reina Sofía museum there is an ongoing program of temporary exhibitions, among which it has had great success in the past, for example the Dalí exhibition in 2013.
Days and hours of opening
Monday from 10: 00 21 to: 00
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00
Sunday from 10: 00 to 19: 00
Please note that this museum closes on Tuesdays, including holidays, unlike the other museums and monuments in Madrid, which close on Mondays.
Furthermore, on Sundays from 14.15pm to 19.00pm, it is only possible to visit the permanent collection housed in the Sabatini building and not the temporary exhibitions, which are usually closed.
Reina Sofia museum ticket price
The ticket price for adults (from 18 to 64 years old) is 10 €
Entrance ticket + audio guide € 15,50
Large family members have a special rate of 4 euros.
Here you can buy the online skip-the-line tickets to visit the Reina Sofía museum.
Entrance always free for:
- children and teenagers under the age of 18
- people over 65
- students under the age of 25 (for international students it is recommended to show the ISIC card)
- disabled people and their carers
Entrance free for everyone:
- Monday from 19:00 to 21:00
- from Wednesday to Saturday from 19:00 to 21:00
- Sunday from 13: 30 to 19: 00
How to reach us
The best way to get to the Reina Sofia National Art Museum in Madrid is by metro. It is advisable to take metro line 1 and get off at Atocha station. From there it is about 3 minutes on foot (less than 300 meters).
Before the visit it is advisable to visit the Official site to find out about the updated timetables and prices.