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Queen Sofia Arts Center (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia)

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Address: Calle Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 774 10 00
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: World famous modern art museum featuring a diverse collection of 20th...
World famous modern art museum featuring a diverse collection of 20th century Spanish art, from Picasso to Solana.
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A Feast of Contemporary Ideas

The Reina Sofia is the most important collection of contemporary art in Madrid. Largely 20th Century, strengths here include Picasso, Dali, Miro, Gris, Braque and Palencia. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The Reina Sofia is the most important collection of contemporary art in Madrid. Largely 20th Century, strengths here include Picasso, Dali, Miro, Gris, Braque and Palencia. A minimal 'must see' is Picasso's 'Guernica', a haunting indictment of war that has just as strong a presence as it had when first displayed at the 1937 Paris World's Fair. Quite a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Go if only to see this one painting. You'll absorb lots of history about the civil war and other conflicts. Beware that you'll be joined by multiple school groups - from 2nd graders to college age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Picasso's famous painting "La Guernica" is here. So you have to go there anyways. But that's not the only thing to see there. Lots of masterpieces by Miro, Dali and their contemproraries. For my taste, this is the first museum you should see in Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I love art, but am still a novice, especially when it comes to seeing masterpieces in person. I have new-found respect for Pablo Picasso after viewing his Guernica, a 7.8 m (25.6 ft) wide by 3.5 m (11 ft) tall canvas that makes you feel the anguish of those mothers and other sufferers of war. Picasso's other paintings and sculptures... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Check our room after room of some of the finest post-impressionist, cubist, dada-ist art of the 20th Century. The audio-guide is a plus. Get a Paseo D'Arte pass if you plan to see other museums in Madrid. Also, booking on line will give you access to the express ticket line. Not a bad thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Probably the most moving work of art I have ever seen. Picasso captures the heartlessness and futility of war so well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I spent 3 days in Madrid and decided to visit 2 museums - this one and the Prado. Reina Sofia is the home to Picasso's Guernica so for no other reason visit this museum. Also lots of other 20th century Spanish painters including Dali.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were in Madrid over the weekend, and noticed the Reina Sofia was free on Sunday afternoon. They only are open for the collection, but this includes Guernica. Several rooms in the Museum are devoted to the time period, the Spanish civil war, and the exhibition that included Guernica. While Guernica is much admired, I am not sure I agree... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

While some parts of the museum have a fascinating collection, including Guernica and drawings prepared by Picasso in preparation for the masterpieces, much is closed and if time is limited, we would rather be at the Prado or Thyssen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Reina Sofia is hands down one of the best museums I've ever been to. I'm not a huge art lover or post-modern art fan but the Sofia collection really captivated and awed me. We spent 3 hours here but I could've easily spend the entire day in this museum and still want more time. The literature room alone could've... More 

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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