- This world-famous museum is a former hospital, now filled with 20th century Spanish art - including works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró, These Express Lane tickets get you into this remarkable museum faster and cheaper than buying at the door See Picasso’s powerful and moving anti-war mural Guernica, quite possibly Spain's most famous artwork
Housed in a former hospital, the world famous Reina Sofía Arts Center is a modern art museum with a diverse and fascinating collection of 20th century Spanish art, from Picasso to Solana.
Remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, this 18th century hospital holds Madrid’s premier collection of contemporary art. The centerpiece is Picasso’s Guernica, arguably Spain’s single-most famous artwork. The Spanish government commissioned Picasso to create a piece for an exhibition in Paris and he chose this powerful anti-war statement. The work is credited with drawing international attention to the Spanish Civil War. As per Picasso's wishes, it wasn't shown in Spain until democracy was established. It was moved to the Prado in 1981, and moved to this permanent home in 1992.
The Reina Sofía also holds works by the other 20th century titans of Spanish art, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. The collection principally spans the 20th century up to the 1980s. There are a few pieces from non-Spaniard artists, including Francis Bacon’s Lying Figure, but the focus of the collection is quite solidly Spain.
In addition to the paintings, the museum also boasts an impressive collection of sculptures, including some colorful and distinctive works by Miró, and a bust of Picasso by Pablo Gargallo.
The crown jewel of the Reina Sofía is undoubtedly Picasso's Guernica in Room 206 on the 2nd floor. But some other paintings move from time to time, and thus can be harder to track. The Reina Sofía organizes works by theme, so in order to see all of the Dalí's, you could conceivably need to cover a fair amount of ground.
If you're hunting for a particular Miró or Picasso, your best bet is to pick up the most recent Museum Floor-plan from the information desk just outside the main entrance. It doesn't list individual paintings, but it does list the rooms in which each artist appears.
Calle de Santa Isabel 52, 28012
- Entrance to the permanent collection
- Entrance to the temporary exhibitions
Show your mobile tickets at the "Taquilla Express" desk and exchange it for a real one. You can then enter the permanent or temporal exhibition.
- Monday & Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00
- Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00. From 14:15 onwards only Collection 1 will be open, the rest of the museum will be closed
- Closed every Tuesday, January 1st and 6th, May 2nd and 16th, November 9th and December 25th, 26th and 31st
- Children and youth under 18 get in free with valid ID!
- Monday & Wednesday to Saturday: 19:00 - 21:00
- Sunday: 13:30 - 19:00
- April 18, May 18, October 12 and December 6
- Several city buses stop near the entrance of the museum
- Any train to Atocha-RENFE
- Take metro 1 get off at Atocha or 3 get off at Lavapiés
The Queen Sofia Museum is free on Sundays from 01:30 pm - to 07:00 pm.