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St. Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts

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Address: Alcala, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 915 240 864
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unexpected fantastic museum

This museum is truly fantastic. Its full of magnificent art. Its also alot smaller than some of the mega museums in Madrid. Its a great smaller alternative to the humangous Prado... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This museum is truly fantastic. Its full of magnificent art. Its also alot smaller than some of the mega museums in Madrid. Its a great smaller alternative to the humangous Prado museum. I will visit again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This museum has an excellent collection of mostly Spanish art as you would expect. It has some unusual pieces such as paintings of George Washington and Napolean on the same wall. Early Goya paintings were interesting to view. The only problems were some paintings had no information and most had artist and date listed but no description.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

An absolutely fantastic three floors of amazing paintings and sculpture by some of the Renaissance periods best. See Goya, Ruben, Greco and Picasso. And so much more. The first floor houses a collection of bronze plates used by Goya in his aguafuente process. For 6€ plus 2€ more for a temporary Picasso exhibit, this is an amazing collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

So peaceful compared to Prado. Obviously much smaller but with peace and helpful staff to help with your enjoyment. At the moment a good collection of Picasso etchings and Goya plate engravings. Murillo, Mengs, van Loo, Rubens and other works of Goya all there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We just happened onto this museum and it was a reasonable entry fee so we paid - after we paid, they told me I had to give them my backpack - now I understand security but would have liked to have known this before in order to decide if I wanted to leave my bag with our passports, credit cards,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I prefer this one to the Prado, for relaxing enjoyment of wonderful art, painting to scultures, to 'vaciados' . None an be disappointed, just take your time . Remember is Small but wonderful. The is the gitar of Segovia there. The wooden piece where the member voted, ask from explanation from the security. I go there every time I have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

You can today see Arcimboldo's Spring, a portrait of a man all made in flowers and Goya Burial of the sardine. It is an interesting visit, in particular know that Dali, Picasso and Goya were trained there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My wife and I went to this museum to see the exhibition about how the Community of Madrid has restored many art works found in churches, monasteries and convents. The explanations were quite good and showed what work was done to restore the art works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

yes.....it is true. compete with the prado is difficult. but if you have some time left besides the prado go to the sensational academia, madrid s other big museum of ( mainly italian, spanish and flemish) world class european painting. finest italian masters as guido reni or archimboldo or bassanos, jose de ribera, zurbaran, goya, velazquez, tintoretto, bellini, rubens ,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This museum is located in a beautiful palace. The art was wonderful and contains Spanish,Flemish and Italian art. Besides a room full of Goya paintings, we found fascinating wax reliefs, Jose Gine's polychrome sculpture of King Herod's ordered massacre of infants, Meng's castings, a life size painting of George Washington painted in 1796 to commemorate a treaty with Spain and... More 

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Additional Information about St. Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Address: Address: Alcala, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 915 240 864
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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