Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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  • Skip-the-Line Madrid Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

    1. Skip-the-Line Madrid Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

    The museum represents an intersection of spaces, objects and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the mai...

    Unguided so didn’t have to wait for anyone to not show up. Easy in and enjoyed seeing Guernica.

  • Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

    2. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

    Meet your bilingual guide at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, officially inaugurated in September 1992 and named for Queen Sofía. Dedicated to Spanish art, highlights of the museum include superb collections of Spain's 3 great 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Get a close look at Picasso's "Guernica" mural-sized oil painting, regarded by many as one of the most powerful anti-war works of art in history. Get explanations in English and Spanish about 20th-century art movements, such as abstract art, cubism, surrealism and modernism. See important works by principal artists in a beautiful museum that was formerly an elegant hospital building. Take a look at the vaulted hallways, and enjoy a walk in the gardens to admire the building from the outside. Explore the hallways and galleries of the museum with your guide, and learn how and why the talented artis...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable. Her understanding of the art was very strong and her obvious passion for the subject was profound, the only down was that the tour started a little haphazardly

  • Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

    3. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

    Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

    The touristic guide was exceptional, very kind and pleasant. Explains everything quite calm. Recommended.

  • Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

    4. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

    Approach the contemporary art collection at the Queen Sofia Museum in a personalized and insightful manner. Your local guide has specialized in art history and will accompany you to the museum and give a short introduction to the tour and the city of Madrid.  Once at the museum, enjoy avoiding the queue and enter directly. Explore museum artworks, architecture, and history of the Spanish National Art Collection beginning in 1881, which is the year Picasso was born. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, along with international artists. Your guide will teach you about the dictatorship regime and help you understand the effect that it had on the artistic expression of these Spanish artists, particularly during the Second Republi...

    Our guide was great. The collection at the museum is exactly what we wanted to see. Picasso, Dali, Miro, Man Ray, etc.

  • Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

    5. Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

    Explore Madrid in comfort and convenience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. Discover Madrid's historic landmarks and its modern attractions in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two routes available: Blue Route: Historical Madrid • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Via  • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco El Grande • Catedral Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Reina Sofía  • Jardín Botánico Green Route: Modern Madrid • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • C.S.I. ...

  • Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

    6. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

    Explore the Reina Sofía Museum, also known as the Queen Sofía Museum, at your own pace on this dedicated private tour. Admire, and learn first-hand information about Spanish artists' Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró's renowned surreal art from your professional guide. Continue your tour through the museum's historical halls, and find yourself face to face with one of Pablo Picasso's most well-known works, Guernica, considered by art critics as one of the most moving anti-war paintings in history. Finish your tour by immersing yourself in Madrid's so-called Golden Triangle of Art, where the museum sits alongside two other world-famous art galleries, the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

  • Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

    7. Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

    Skip-the-line and visit 2 major Spanish museums with your private guide and discover two different collections.  Be picked up at your accommodation and head to your first stop, the Prado Museum, where you will skip-the-line and begin your private customizable tour inside. On the way, you will enjoy a brief introduction to the city, its history and culture.  Rest and recharge at lunch, which is included before visiting the Queen Sofia Museum. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable private guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters. After enjoying this personalized tour with your private guide there will be time for you to visit the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently.

  • Madrid City Bus Tour and Reina Sofia Museum Ticket

    8. Madrid City Bus Tour and Reina Sofia Museum Ticket

    Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Accompanied by a local expert guide, begin your 2.5-hour tour at Ferraz St. Pass through Gran Vía street, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Mayor street, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá until the Bullring. Visit Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Reina Sofia Museum. See the masterpieces of famous artists including Gaudí, Miró, and Picasso. 

    Carlos was knowledgable and w effortlessly went from Spanish to English. Was very helpful getting us booked in a restaurant he recommended. Restaurant was excellent.

  • Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

    9. Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

    The Art Walk Pass will allow you to marvel the best of Spanish art in Madrid. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the three most important museums of the capital of Spain, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. At Prado, you will learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork made between the 14th and 19th centuries. In Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum, admire the work from some of Spain’s finest 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Explore the hallways and galleries, and learn how and why these talented people created their art. After visiting the Reina Sofia, you will have a little break for lunch (not included) before you continue to the Thyssen Museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting. Given the wealth and variety of its treasures, comprisin...

    If you travel to Madrid, you must visit these museums. It is seldom you can say that you saw the most famous paintings with your own eyes. But you can do so after attending these museums. Unfortunately we were not able to attend all the museums as they were shut down for the first time since 1939 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully we can attend in the future.

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What people are saying about Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 773 reviews

As a tourist who regularly visits Spain, I'd not been back to the Reina Sofia in several years. A Spanish friend who visited me in Madrid had never been (and never seen Guernica) , so it was a great time to re-visit. The contextualization of this masterpiece is incredibly important for those of us with limited knowledge of the Civil War. He was moved to experience this piece of his cultural heritage. The museum was well set up for social distancing, hand sanitizing, etc ... several galleries are closed to reduce volume in the building ... we also saw the Charlotte Johannesson retrospective and it was intriguing to see the works of this lesser known artist

I loved it. I couldn´t see enough of Picasso, Miró, Dalí, and Gris. The Moraccon show was superb as well as Charlotte Johansson.

Our guide was great. The collection at the museum is exactly what we wanted to see. Picasso, Dali, Miro, Man Ray, etc.

Unguided so didn’t have to wait for anyone to not show up. Easy in and enjoyed seeing Guernica.

O really like the history that was told of the palace, it was amazing