Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

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Take a journey through modern art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 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 Sofia during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid online trip itinerary maker .
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  • This is a great place to view the whole range of modern art, some of it is great (thought provoking) and, let’s face it, some of it is total crap. If you like the cheerful colours of Miro and abstract...  more »
  • We showed up on Sunday at 1pm right before the free entry started at 1:30. We needed to go to the bathroom so they let us in early and with no waiting. After, we looked out the window and saw a huge l...  more »
  • Best buy ticket online. This applies to all museums in Madrid. The art works by Picasso are spacious prepared in this museum that a hospital was in the 18th century. I especially appreciated the Spanish cubists. The Guernica by Picasso is of course a must.
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  • This was my least favorite museum of the big three museums that we visited in Madrid. There is a strange organization of the paintings--they are organized by topics which are hard for a foreigner to understand. So it may be, for example that the paintings by Juan Miro or Juan Gris are scattered in different rooms in the Museum. Things are not organized by time periods or artists but by some political themes which did not make sense to me as a non-Spaniard. The building seems cold and Creature Comforts seem to be really lacking. The lunch space was very small only a few tables indoors and it was a cold day. Outdoor tables were on high stools that were fairly uncomfortable. After lunch, my wife waited impatiently for me as I search for some specific paintings I want to see. I felt like I had accomplished something once that was done and then we were happy to leave. There were a lot of school groups in the morning and a lot of traffic around the Guernica of course. If you want peaceful time to study certain paintings, arrive early.
  • Amazing museum! Dali, Picasso and other famous painters are exposed there. The temporary expositions are also very interesting (Pessoa's "All Art is Literature" is amazing for the fans of the poet). All descriptions are in English as well. If you are a modern art lover you will need at least 4 hours to enjoy the 5 levels of the museum.
  • The building is perfectly suited for the purpose of showing art. Rooms are huge and perfectly bright. Pieces of art are briefly commented. The museum provides the electronic guides at about 5 euros, but the pieces commented are not many. The museum shows some wonderful masterpieces. Many other pieces are of questionable value, but this is the risk of modern art.
  • Clean and bright and fun to explore. Great value for the price and significantly less crowded than the Prado. Lots of benches to take breaks and rest your feet. Very cool temporary exhibits and an excellent permanent exhibit on the Spanish Civil War featuring period artwork and Picasso's Guernica.
  • The Reina Sofia Museum is huge. You can easily get lost in there for hours watching Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro paintings. Among hundreds of paintings there was interesting video installation, sculptures and other pieces of art. Reserve two to three hours to check two main parts in 2 and 4 floor. The rest is more contemporary and can be skipped as you have timetable that doesn't allow you full day expedition there. And by the way, the restaurant is amazing, located street level, nice casual feeling, surprising architecture. Bold and yet I felt good zen there. Also staff was attentive. Thanks for that!
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