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St. Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts

#71 of 1,382 things to do in Madrid
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Address: Alcala, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 915 240 864
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Small, Overlooked and Full of Surprises!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The San Fernando de Bellas Artes is a beautiful museum filled with plenty of good art. One can see paintings by Goya and Zurbaran, among many artists. In the past it was a school where many of Spain's best artists studied. This museum is quiet because most tourists bypass it, not knowing that this is one of the best art... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A smaller gallery housing some NAMED artists and many unknown. A superb building which houses some interesting pieces…whilst not Madrid's finest gallery it is worth a visit…if for no other reason its quiet with few tourists.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This museum boasts works by the masters. And they do have pieces by some of the most famous Spanish artists, however those pieces are no where near the best. These are the bottom of the barrel or simple pieces that have no draw. The building is impressive and the works are laid out tastefully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Variety of arts. walking from one to another room you could see different paintings, not boring, from modern art to classic. I liked it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

More classic art, was quite when I went. Staff friendly and helpful, when I needed help with getting a lift.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts is one of my favorite museums. Few people visit it because the majority of tourists to Madrid do not even know that it exists. I see it every time we visit Madrid because it is a storeroom of great art. You can see Goyas and Sorollas here, as well as many other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Thanks for being so hospitable on Wednesdays. I visited you this Wednesday and I was surprised I didn't have to pay an entrance fee. Thanks for letting me see your great collection for free!! I enjoyed my visit. It took quite a while because your exhibition is fabulous. I truly needed time to explore your museum because of its wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It is not the most famous museum in Madrid but it is one of my favourites. Very classy, a lot of good work of arts, and also the surprise you get. You expect Prado to be something great but this museum, unheard of by some of the travellers gained my admiration.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The centrally-located Royal Academy of Fine Arts has a large collection, primarily featuring works by Spanish artists who trained there, including Goya. It has a few excellent pieces, but many were only so-so and the overall presentation seemed a bit lifeless. Even though the museum is free to all on Wednesdays, it was quiet and uncrowded and it took less... More 

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