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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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Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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Amazing building! Very impressive. You are allowed to take photos without a flash. I am not very arty but it was a 'must do' in Madrid. I enjoyed seeing some famous pieces eg by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Amazing building! Very impressive. You are allowed to take photos without a flash. I am not very arty but it was a 'must do' in Madrid. I enjoyed seeing some famous pieces eg by Picasso and Chagall but I found it a bit of a slog compared to the Prado. There is nowhere to sit and look at the exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Usually people comes to this museum to visit one of its major attraction: Guernica, which is amazing. However there is a wide array of fine art expressions that will captivate art lovers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

On a recent trip to Madrid, my two travel partners and I decided last minute to ditch the Prado and its Catholic stuffiness for this wonderful museum. We arrived to find a queue with no one being allowed entry. When we asked about it, it turns out that at 7 PM on certain Fridays the museum is free! So we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Free entrance after 7pm - In the event you're in town for a few hours. Otherwise, one should plan a long-hour visit to go through the maltidude of exhibits.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I have been to 2 of the worlds "most significant" art experience and been disapointed at both. 1 th citient chaple the incesant chat a flash photography of the culturally insentative chineses ruined what is supposed to be a sacred space but what do us modern catholics know about sacred? And now Gurnica who ever thought it was a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

You can not go to Madrid and not visit the Reina Sofia! A great example of "container" particular (interesting intervention expansion of Jean Nouvel) and very good "content" .. just think of Picasso's Guernica, to works by Dali, Miro, and so on... The museum is a milestone, even if it takes a bit 'of time to be able to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Guernica pulls the most crowds, and it is impressive, but this museum has a lot of other good Picassos and a variety of other great paintings. Over 65s can get in free if you take identification.

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Dromore, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I am not a huge fan of modern art, but there are many paintings here that I am glad to have seen. This would be my least favourite art museum, but it was still ok. There is a lot of unused space here and the layout is ultra confusing. The staff were very helpful in locating specific artists/works. They did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Even if you don't know much about art it's a place that deserves a visit. A lot of very famous paintings from Miró, Salvador Dali, Picasso, and many others. But the museum is not just about that, there are plenty of stuff to see! I spend one day there and I wished I could've stayed more! I didn't pay cause... More 

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Beith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Well laid out exhibitions, of well known and not so well known artists. Good cafe/ restaurant on ground floor.

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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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