Picasso's famous painting Guernica is the star attraction in the Reina Sofia museum , which focuses on 20th century art. A good time to visit is Saturday afternoon or Sunday when entry is free though, inevitably, it does get crowded at this time.
The room where Guernica is shown is full or preparatory sketches of the painting on either side of the main exhibit in the centre. The preparatory sketches indicate just how much detail and work went into creating the painting.
Museum is not as big as Prado but I do not suggest you to put all the museum visits in one day. Because it is a lot of walk... Also after seeing the collection, do not miss the Cafeteria area it is very original. Unfortunately the service is so slow you must consider it...
Santa Isabel, 52:
Mondays to Saturdays:
10.00 - 21.00
Sundays: 10.00 - 14.30
Close on Tuesday
Admission: 6,00 euros
"Carné Joven"; Student Card or international equivalents; groups from cultural or educational institutions.
Under 18; over 65, retired and unemployed persons; members of "Friends of the Museum" Association; Museum Trustees; journalists exercising their profession; National Tourism guides; personnel from museum institutions; cultural and educational volunteers.
Free for the general public:
Main building, Sta. Isabel, 52
Saturdays: 14.30 - 21.00
Sundays: 10.00 - 14.30
And on: 18 May, 12 October, and 6 December
Admission is also free to "Espacio UNO", the Library, the Shop, Café and Restaurant in the Nouvel building, and to the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal (Retiro Park).
This museum, together with El Prado and Thyssen Bornemisza, is one of the best museums, not only in Spain, but in the whole world.
It contains the works of Spanish artists as from Francisco de Goya, that is, XIX and XX centuries. There you will find Woman in Blue and the famous Guernica of Picasso (among many others), The Great Masturbator of Salvador Dali (Dali so loved Spain that he gave his best works of art to the Spanish Government to be exposed in this museum where his paintings are much better than in Figueres. Before sleeping he had to listen the Spanish hymn in his bed), Juan Gris, Juan Miro, Ignacio Zuloaga, etc., apart from informal works of Antonio Tapies or Eduardo Chillida.
Indeed, this museum is one of the many musts in Madrid.
The Reina Sofia was such a great place to visit. I studied Art and to actually see Pablo Picasso's real piece not photos in a books is truely amazing! The paint Guernica, was the most amazing thing in the entire musuem. I didn't really realize how big it actually was. It is something crazy like 20 ft. long and 10 ft. height. I don't know exactly, but it is really huge!
The Musuem is really Beautiful also. You ride on the glass elevators to each level of the musuem. And the view is really awesome! Then entrance fee was fairly inexpensive, it was under $10USD
The largest in Spain collection of the modern art of XX century is presented in Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The building of the museum is reconstructed from the building of hospital. It is possible to see there Picasso (well-known "Guernica"), Dali, Miro and other Spanish artists who lived and created in XX century.
We went to three museums in Madrid:Reina Sofia, Prado,Thyssen
REINA SOFIA: We first went to Reina Sofia Museum and by a Paseo del Art tickets which combines all of the three museums .It costs 12?.
Mus?e National Centre d'Art Reina Sof?a
Santa Isabel, 52
Bus: 6, 10, 14, 18, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 46, 55, 57, 59, 68, 86 and 119.
Train (cercan?as): Atocha
Telephone: 91 467 50 62
PRADO MUSEUM:Museo del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n
Telephone: 91 330 28 82
Metro: Atocha (L1) and Banco de Espa?a (L2)
Bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and
Paseo del Prado, 8
Metro: Banco de Espa?a (Line 2)
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. The18th century San Carlos Hospital forms the central building of the museum. Extensive modern renovations and additions to the old building were made starting in 1981. This consisted of two glass elevators shafts attached to the buildings façade, designed by the British architect Ian Ritchie. More recently the museum has expanded with an addition to the building created by the French architect Jean Nouvel.
The permanent collection in the Reina Sofía is almost exclusively made up of Spanish art from the 20th century, with works by many of the most important artists (Picasso, Miró, Oteiza, Julio González, Tapies, Equipo Crónica, Gerardo Rueda) Also on permanent display are the work of international artists such as Barnet Newman, Soto, etc.
Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's great painting Guernica. The painting depicts the consequences of the bombing of Guernica. Picasso, commissioned by the Spanish Republican government to paint a picture to decorate the Spanish Pavilion during the Paris International Exposition (the 1937 World's Fair in Paris), created this massive cubist work. You can also find about two dozen preparatory works for Guernica in the Reina Sofia museum, mostly sketches.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 10.00 - 21.00
Sunday: 10.00 - 14.30
Entrance Fee: 3€
Free on Sunday and Saturday from 14.30 - 21.00
Modern Art. A little weird and abstract if you are not into that stuff...especially the temporary exhibits.
It is free on Sundays and Saturday afternoons. Go Saturday afternoon during lunch hr (2-4). Line starts to form around 4 or so...
This is one of the finest museums in Madrid. The building used to be a hospital in late 70's, early 80's. It is full of Spanish 20th century art works. The most famous piece here is the Guernica by Pablo Picasso. There are also many other artworks by Picasso, Dali, Miro, etc. Even if you just have some interest in art, it is worth to go there.
One could argue that Picasso's "Guernica" is the greatest painting of the 20th Century and it is now housed in this museum. He did it as a protest against the Franco/Hitler saturation bombing of a village in northern Spain, Guernica. He refused to allow it to be displayed in Spain as long as Franco was alive. We actually saw it for the first time in 1961 in the MOMA in New York. It is a somber and deeply moving work.
The museum also has a nice collection of Picasso's other work as well as a room dedicated to Salvador Dali's work.
It is a much smaller museum than the Prado, but we went there first just to see the "Guernica."
The Reina Sofia Museum holds spanish contemporary art from the 20th century. The building, formerly the General Hospital, was constructed between 1776 and 1781, holds one of Picasso's most great artwork, and that has made this museum one of the most important in Europe: the Guernica.
You won't realize the size of it until you see it. It's absolutely amazing. If you're not into art and museums, you should visit this only one just to contemplate this great piece of art. It will take your breath away...
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a fantastic museum and is in one of Europes largest buildings. It houses Spain's national museum of Modern art including the world famous Guernica by Picasso.There are 2 glass lifts that slide up and down the outside of the former 18th century hospital. 2 floors have permanent collections and the other two contain temporary collections.
Not being a modern art lover I found it strange but imaginative. Well worth a visit.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía--has the most extensive art pieces I have seen. It holds Picasso's famous piece, Guernica, which is actually in my room (the print)...and it is phenomenal. Its massive size will blow anyone away. I would go to Madrid just to see Guernica and the Reina Sofia's architecture.
If you are in an "arty" mood, before or after visiting the Prado Museum you should definitelly visit the Reina Sofia Museum, which contains the more modern side of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography from artists such as: Picasso, Joan Miro, Dali, Juan Gris, etc. An IMPORTANT fact is that if you like Picasso you should NOT miss the Reina Sofia, since the painting Guernica is there permanently (can't be moved because it's too fragile), and cannot be seen anywhere else! If you ask me this painting MUST be seen, it's breathtaking and if you like modern art you probably won't regret it. The sculpture and montages and to say the least very interesting. Also they have included a little section of the museum dedicated to surrealism, with apart from the usual things the showing of Buñuel's films which I find very interesting! And the temporary exhibitions, the past few times I've been there have never disappointed me! The museum is very enjoyable, there is nothing boring about it.
The entrance is EUR 6.- . Opening time from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00. The entrance will be free of charge on Saturdays from 14:30 to 21:00, and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:30.
This museum focuses on modern Spanish art from the 20th century and presents some interesting temporary exhibitions.
There is a room with many Picassos including the archifamous Guernica which may be the main reason to visit this museum. It was interesting to listen to a couple of guides that gave completely different interpretations of the meaning that the drawings in the Guernica have...
Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 21:00 hs
Sundays 10:00-14:30 hs.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Tickets E3.0. Free entrance: Saturdays 14:30-21:00 hs and Sundays.