Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
About
World famous modern art museum featuring a diverse collection of 20th century Spanish art, from Picasso to Solana.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Atocha • 2 min walk
  • Atocha Renfe • 6 min walk
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  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia869 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant Visit
    Went specifically to see Guernica but was pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of most exhibits. The museum cost 12 euro per person (without audio) and was easy to move from room to room and see all the exhibits. It is lovely and cool and comparatively quiet. It is wheelchair friendly and has a wonderful restaurant. I am not really a museum/art person but this one is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Carsten H
    Svendborg, Denmark39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary museum of contemporary art in Madrid.
    The Reina Sofía Museum specialises in the more recent period, the star piece of the collection is Picasso's Guernica. I have seen it several times but the painting never ceases to amaze me. There usually are quite large crowds around the painting but the situation is controlled well by various guards. There are so much more to see, however, and whole days could be spent in the collections and the temporary exhibitions, which usually leaves room for quite a bit of cutting-edge or experimental artworks. The museum is large, which means that even if there are many visitors it normally doesn't not feel too crowded. As a service to the general public, the entrance is free every evening for 2 hours (check the opening hours). Usually that means waiting in line to get in, but it normally is not more than half an hour. There is no shadow, however, so if the weather is hot and the sun is bothering you, bring a parasol
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Elfastlearner
    Liege, Belgium14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feminism, philosophy, Picasso, what else? Visiting the Museo Reina Sofia
    We were really convinced by the large proposition that the museum has to offer. It brings us along the hottest topics of our era : the war against fascism and the francoism period in the permanent exhibition ; the massive production conducted by feminists movement (and their repression in the masculinist Spanish society). I found it a bit compelling to see the many variety of the expressives forms. Another important theme of the museum was the current exhibition that was about “Machinism” by Guattari and Deleuze who gave us a rich subject of thinking with their link between machinism and ways to interact in society. +++ : Guernica the main attraction of the museum - as splendid as you await it! In case you are in need of a break, they have a great coffee right next to the main entrance. Enjoy
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • alfreddublin
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Annoying staff asking people not to take pictures with their mobiles
    I would have given 5 stars if it wasn't for the annoying staff asking people not to take photos. There is no clear sign that says pictures are not allowed, neither they explain the reason why. Later I learnt this is in order to not disturb other people watching the paintings, but quite honestly, the staff was more disturbing than the people making pictures with their mobile. In any case people just did them anyway and everything was fine. I did a few of them myself. I don't understand the constant insistence of the staff. If there is a strong reason to forbid taking photos just put a big sign clearly stating so. Otherwise just leave people alone to enjoy the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • CK2000
    New York City, New York301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guernica and more!
    Come to view Guernica, stay to see all of the other art work. This is a great museum that is much more digestible than the Prado given its smaller collection. While smaller, it is no less interesting. We used the audio guide and it was great, providing a wonderful explanation and description of most of the museum's important artwork. The centerpiece, however, is Guernica which is just visually stunning and moving. The audio tour does well to describe and explain much of the symbolize behind this piece. It is quite moving.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Monalisa43
    New Providence Island1,527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A ‘must visit’ for all contemporary art lovers
    As a lover of art, this gallery offering 20th century art was 100% captivating most especially the works of Picasso to include the Guernica; Miro’s La Casa de La palmera; Salvador Dali. Additionally, don’t get caught up in all “the skip the line “ rhetoric. There is really no line to skip and one should simply pre purchase entry tickets from the gallery’s website.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Bill R
    Simi Valley, California136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit.
    World Class level museum. Room after room, hall after hall - Rivera, Picasso, Dali, Ernst, Ponce de Leon, Gris, and the list of world renown artists is seemingly endless. The audio guide was invaluable, providing great insight into particular pieces of art. Lucky enough to get in free. Could’ve been a Saturday thing or a senior thing, nonetheless it would’ve been worthwhile paying.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • RandyOToole
    Valencia, Spain376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World Class
    This museum perfectly complements the nearby Prado & Thyssen museums…Picasso’s Guernica is obviously the big draw, but there is a wealth of other artists on view, Dali, Miro, Rivera, Solana, etc. In terms of navigation, the layout of the building feels disjointed at times – it would help greatly if the museum provided hard copy floor maps. On the upside, unlike the Prado, with the exception of a small number of exhibits you can take photographs here.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • DuvetLeeds
    Leeds, United Kingdom155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Download a floorplan before you go
    The art we did see was superb as expected. We barely saw half of it as we kept going round in circles or doubling back on ourselves. There were no paper floor plans, but there were QR codes to download a digital one but we couldn't get a strong enough signal to download it plus it drains your battery. There are not many places to sit either and someone in our group has a health condition so we had to cut our visit short. There are lockers with a €1 deposit near the entrance to store bags. You will be asked to take backpacks, even small ones, off to avoid knocking and damaging the exhibits. The photo rules are confusing some signs imply no photos, some no flash photos and some say only the Guernica room photos are banned. Who knows. Unlike many other large art galleries there are not many tour groups. We just had one when we were trying to look at a Dali and we were stamped out of the way when they arrived. Personally I don't think large tour groups should be allowed in galleries as they destroy the atmosphere for people visiting under their own steam.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Sherry W
    Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Madrid is to be seen and explored
    Madrid was a wonderful combination of history, architecture and sophisticated current day city life. The museums and parks were stunning, the transit safe, clean and efficient and the restaurants and night life in downtown Madrid were exciting. There is much to see in the core of the city, but then venture out to the outlying areas and the countryside. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 30, 2023
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LoveToTravelTerrie
Frisco, TX1,307 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Contactless credit card was accepted to this modern art museum with a fee of €10. I had heard that entrance is free after 7 PM but didn't verify that. I walked right up in the middle of a December day so no "skip the line" was necessary. The WiFi was great! I checked my backpack in at the cloakroom for €1. The attendant didn’t speak English so our conversation was comical. I did not have exact change but there was a machine that gave me change in the cloakroom. I was given a key to retrieve my bag when I was done. I started on the first floor where there was a temporary exhibit. I then climbed the stairs to the 4th floor to start there and make my way down. There was a lot to see about post WW 2. I ran out of time before I had to go. It was not the easiest museum to navigate so I would consider using a guide to maximize my time if I have the chance to go again.
Written January 17, 2020
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Blanka H
194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
I really liked this museum and exhibited art, with famous artists like Dali and Picasso. It has many floors and leads you through different decades and artistic forms. However, it is extremely poorly designed! It's huge, but you do not know where you should go, which path to take and which room comes after which. Many doors are also closed. In the end you don't have a clue what you had already seen and what you haven't, and you are too exhausted of even trying to find out in that labyrinth. Another thing is that there are no art descriptions! Right to each artistic piece there is a name of the artist and the name of the art in Spanish, but except from that you are not getting any other knowledge about it, which is quite disappointing. What does it represent stays a mistery, and it would be so interesting to know!Moreover, many exhibition parts are only in Spanish. Spanish titles, spanish music, spanish videos, spanish articles. Nothing was translated to English, so through some exhibitions we only run bc we didn't understand anything.

For the price we payed to enter (it was around 13 EUR per person) I expected way more.
If you really like modern art and do not mind the lack of information about the artistic pieces, I would recommend it. Otherwise, skip! :)

For the duration, I would say it takes around 2-3 hours if you want to see everything.
In the bottom there are also lockers for which you need a 1 EUR coin (which you get back in the end) to put your stuff inside so you don't have to carry them around. Don't forget to keep your ticket with you because when I was going out of the museum, the guard asked me to show my ticket. 🤦‍♀️
Written March 13, 2022
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Anand K
155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Compared to the Prado, a much more manageable experience (much smaller). Collection is great, highlighted by Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Of course, the highlight is Guernica. Be sure to book in advance online - will save a lot of time and is very easy. Can even do it same day - the queue to buy tickets can be hours long. My main complaint is the crowd control - the Prado managed crowds far better and is more logically organized. The crowds were unwieldy at this museum and impacted the experience. Also, it is more modern art, so opinions on may pieces will be varied
Written January 3, 2020
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
One of the most oppressive museums I’ve ever visited. When you walk in a room, the “guard” abruptly puts down their phone, jumps from their chair, and stares at you. They pace around, circling, stalking. Am I sketchier-looking than other visitors? No. They do this with everyone. Even in a near empty museum. Has anyone at Reina Sofía ever visited a major art museum outside of Spain? That’s not how they do it. Even in former Soviet states, they give you more space. Or just walk down the street to Prado where they do it right. Maybe they can train your staff how not to suffocate your guests’ experiences. This museum has great stuff, but they don’t give you breathing room to fully appreciate it.
Written November 30, 2020
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
People come to see Guernica, sadly the other art spread across the 4 floors is twisted within a labyrinth of rooms that guests have no idea what they have seen and what they have not. I am DELIGHTED I did not pay $12 Euro to see what I did.

What made my experience horrendous was the entrance and ticketing process. I was in a line at 9:30 a.m. with approximately 30 people before me who did not have an advanced ticket. The doors opened at 10 a.m., and when it did open, it took 24 minutes just to get to the ticket counter because their security process is a nightmare.

With my university ID in hand, I was expecting free admission. This was not the case. My university ID was of no use because I had to prove I was taking classes and asked if I brought my course schedule. Like who travels with their course schedule in-hand? Ridiculous! They insisted I pay $12 Euro. I left in aggravation. (It's ironic that the Royal Palace had no problem with my university ID for free admission.)

I came back at 6 p.m. for their daily 7 p.m. free admission. I waited in line for 35 minutes and got to the counter for a free ticket. I was told they do not give them out until 7 p.m. I left, again. I waited outside for a free ticket. 7 p.m. came around, and slowly (very slowly) the line inched forward. Guests were angry with the process of entering the museum. I was finally able to get inside.

I asked a museum staff member if it is always like this. I was told, "Yes, it is always a mess". He insisted they hate it too, but no one in the museum administration cares because they are only interested in money.

The staff are also over worked and angry. Because the administration does not seem to care about people and the overall experience of guests or their staff, everyone is tired and upset. Going to a museum should be fun and inspiring. Not here! Expect people to be upset, uncooperative, and unpleasant.

I expect more from a world class museum. Save your money and the headache. Go see a better collection and variety at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Written January 5, 2023
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Emily C
Boston, MA26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Went after 7pm when it was free. I’m not a huge fan of modern art so I didn’t like it very much. Would be upset if I paid admission. Guernica was great to see in person, but so many tourists trying to take photos so the guards were shouting non stop.
Written March 5, 2020
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RickyBobbie
Minneapolis, MN402 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Unfortunately, we bought our tickets for a day that was a national holiday, perhaps that's why the museum was so crowded. There were two lines in front of the museum and around the building but no signs to indicate that one line was for people with tickets and one for people who needed to buy tickets (except at the very front of the line). At no time did staff walk the lines to answer questions or advise people about the lines. But there were plenty of staff talking to each other at the building entrance. Many people had to switch lines after waiting for a long time in the wrong one. We waited for 30 minutes with advance tickets (in the correct line) just to get inside, and then faced lines to get into the major exhibit rooms too. While the artwork was amazing—lots of Dali, Picasso, Miro and other famous Spanish artists—the museum does a terrible job of managing crowds and educating visitors. Only the name of the artwork and the artist are displayed. There is no description of the art, no context for why it’s important, why it is displayed in a particular area of the collection—nothing. You can buy an audio tour or download apps, but it was extremely disappointing that the museum didn’t provide this visually. It was one of the worst-managed museums I’ve visited.
Written November 8, 2021
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Weston N
Indianapolis, IN65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
€12 is €12 too much. Of five floors, two were closed. Of the three remaining, floors one and three seemed liked the Museum just let anyone display their work (arguably not art). Several rooms on these floors appeared to be a display of hoarders’ items - a hodgepodge of garage-like items. Several displays were simply pictures taken at protest sites, cardboard cutouts painted black with Walmart streamers attached. We were thoroughly disappointed that such a museum would display such nonsense. To be fair, though, the second floor was art. If €12 covered the three functioning floors, this amount should be divided by three and visitors should be charged €4 as only one floor contained any sort of objective art. This museum is free after 7pm - free is probably the proper amount to charge visitors.
Written December 10, 2022
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AzRat
Arizona2,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
December 2021 - Definitely a must see in Madrid - excellent collection of Spanish, historical, and contemporary artworks. Downside for us was the confusing layout and signage. Fortunately we had a whole day for a first-timer overview and "wandering". Otherwise excellent museum in exhibitions, amenities, and staff. As foreign visitors the online arts pass was easy to use and saved money on visits to the 'big three' museums.
Written January 20, 2022
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JoanJh
Saratoga, CA544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This museum has a beautiful minimalist style. The diagrams show clearly where to find the exhibits. It is easy to find one’s way around the museum because of the simple and elegant layout and the helpful signs. The architecture is restrained simplicity and elegance. Of course, having as its pièce de resistance the Guernica, just makes a visit to this museum an absolute must. The admission is free every evening from 7pm to 8:30 pm. There is a line of about 30 min -45 min wait to get in when we were there on a Wednesday evening. However, ticket holders can go in sooner through a separate line.
Written May 3, 2023
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