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Entrance to the Sabatini building of the Reina Sofía Art Center Museum in Madrid

In your cultural journey through thePaseo del Prado from Madrid, a visit that must be essential is theReina Sofía Art Center museum,

In case you do not know, I will tell you that in this visit, at least, you have the opportunity to see one of the most important works of Spanish painting, the Guernica from Picasso.

The headquarters of the Reina Sofia Museum you find it in the small pedestrian square that is west of the Atocha stationspecifically in the Santa Isabel street 52.


Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid

There you have the main entrance to this contemporary art museum that is in the so-called Sabatini building, where previously it was located in former San Carlos Hospital.

To the Reina Sofía Art Center you can also access the new Nouvel building, which opened in 2005 in the framework of the museum's expansion works.

All information in detail

  • What to see in the visit of the Reina Sofía museum
  • Schedules visit Reina Sofía museum
  • ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
  • Queen Sofia museum ticket prices
  • Guided tour of the Reina Sofía museum
  • USEFUL TIPS for your TRIP

What to see in the visit of the Reina Sofía museum

The Reina Sofía museum collection, opened in 1990, is the result of the need to create a large contemporary art museum in Spain.

For this, the funds of the now disappeared Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art and the collection of works of art of the twentieth century that at that time preserved the Prado Museum, whose main exponent was Guernica from Picasso.


Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid

In the current collection of the Reina Sofía museum There are more than 30,000 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and artistic installations, of which 5 percent of them can be seen in the exhibition.

Among them there are works by contemporary artists as prestigious asPicasso, Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris, Delaunay, Braque, Yves Klein, Motherwell orBacon.

The visit of the permanent collection of the Reina Sofía museum It is structured in three zones, the first one with works from the first half of the 20th century, the second one with works from 1945 to 1968, and in the third one, works carried out until 1982 are grouped.

Also in the Reina Sofia Museum there is a continuous program of Temporary exhibitions, among which has been a great success in the past, for example, the Dalí exhibition of 2013.

Schedules visit Reina Sofía museum

The Visiting hours of the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid They are Mondays and Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Permanent collection of the Reina Sofía Art Center Museum in Madrid

Keep in mind that this museum closes on Tuesdays, including holidays, compared to the usual closing day of othersMadrid museums and monuments, which is Monday.

Also, on Sundays from 2:15 pm and until 7:00 pm, you can only visit the permanent collection housed in the Sabatini building and not temporary exhibitions, which are usually closed.

Queen Sofia museum ticket prices

For its part, theentrance fee to Reina Sofía to jointly visit the permanent collection and the Temporary exhibitions, is 10 euros at the ticket office, and 8.90 euros in the purchase on-line.

Members of large families have a special rate of 4 euros.

Here you can make the purchase on-line of tickets for visit the Reina Sofia museum without queues.


Dalí painting at the Reina Sofía Art Center Museum in Madrid

How to visit the Reina Sofía museum for free

The entrance to the Reina Sofía museum is free, among other groups, For children under 18, university students up to 25 years, over 65, disabled people and their companion, unemployed, teachers, journalists and members of large families.

But also the general public canvisit the Reina Sofía Museum for free Mondays and Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 7 pm to 9 pm, and Sundays, from 3 pm to 7 pm.

In the case of Sundays, for the Sunday visit only the collection with works from the first half of the 20th century and some temporary exhibitions, not all, remain open.

Guided tour of the Reina Sofía museum

To visit the museum you also have the option to sign up for a guided tour that will show you with the company of an expert guide in Spanish art and history.


Jean Nouvel building of the Reina Sofía museum in Madrid

This guided tour lasts an hour and a half and will show you the highlights of this institution.

Here you have all the information about the Guided tour of the Reina Sofía museum.

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And if you're interested, here is more information about tours and guided tours in museums in Madrid, among which is the option of joint visit of the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía museum.

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