Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

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Take a journey through modern art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which features some of contemporary art’s most revered works, including those from famous Spaniards Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art of the 20th century, but the extensive collection includes works by a number of international artists, including Max Ernst, Robert Delaunay, Richard Serra, and Francis Bacon, to name just a few. The museum’s many galleries often play host to a mixture of national and international temporary exhibits, while the on-site free-access library contains an impressive collection of over 100,000 art books. The galleries displaying the permanent collection are spread over two floors, so if you’re looking for a specific work, save time by picking up a copy of the museum’s floor plans from the information desk at the entrance. Plan to visit Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Very beautiful museum with a modern structure. Their feature presentation was Picassos´'s Path to Guernica: a collection of Picassos's works (paintings and sculptures) produced prior to the Guernica m...  more »
  • Who came especially for the Picasso exhibition this museum is truly sublime and has exceptional pieces outside guernica and other works by the author... a great time, to really find out even if you're not contemporary art lover
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  • Must-see if you want to complete the triangle of art in Madrid and you like contemporary art, or simply if you want to contemplate one of the most important works (and in some cases, shocking, as Guernica) of the last century.
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  • Some good art but not easy to browse. Rooms are weirdly structured. I know this is an old building but I have been in some old buildings as museums and still have great layouts. This place need some renovations. I'm a little disappointed.
  • Totally worth a visit even if you are not an expert of modern and contemporary art. The second floor is the most interesting section where there is Picasso and Dali. The museum is free every day after 19 (Tuesday is closed) but the tickets to see Guernica and Picasso are limited. If you want to be sure to see it, better go there before 19 and queue to get the tickets. We arrived around 19:30 and we were still able to get into the museum for free but we were told that the tickets for Guernica were all gone. We were just lucky to be 15 minutes before the closing time on the entrance of Picasso exposition and because it was not so crowded anymore, they let us in.
  • Incredible Picasso exhibit on through September 4 - Pity and Terror: The Road to Guernica. It's extensive, moving, and a deep look into Picasso's form-finding for grief, fear and the modern human condition. Had just enough time to see a few surrealist and cubist works in adjacent halls as I left. Next time I will plan for a longer stay!
  • Home to Picasso's Guernica and other nice paintings and modern art. When you go to visit Guernica to room 206, do not get confused by the arrows navigating to room 206, it is an exit. Go all around and you'll find the way. It was a good afternoon :-) I liked the glass lifts!!
  • This review comes with the caveat that you have to have some underlying interest in modern/contemporary art or just some want to see some Dali and Picasso... The pieces themselves are really great and to see them up close is a real experience. The other pieces too are a pleasure to witness and you can go from room to room enjoying the works on display. I recommend going when the museum is free (in the evenings 7-9pm Monday-Saturday) The downside for me was that the place requires a lot of walking and the floor plan is confusing, perhaps it was intentional but it's difficult to locate some items without exhausting all options and your feet.

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