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Art Galleries in Madrid

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The Prado

Reina Sofia Art Gallery
The Reina Sofia Art Gallery
The Prado is possibly the most famous Madrid art gallery. It houses an extensive collection of works from the 12th to the 19th centuries. If you want to see everything you may need to visit twice to take it all in. You will see some of the worlds most talked about paintings including works by Goya, Rubens and Murillo. There's a whole room full of paintings from Goya's 'Dark Period' that is guaranteed to send a tingle through your spine - I found it quite creepy.

Detailed information about the Prado Art Gallery, Madrid.

Museo del Prado
Ruiz de Alarcón 23
28014 Madrid, España.

Tel:  +34 91 330 2800
Official Prado Art Gallery website

metroMetro: Banco de España
(Red Line, L2) 10 minutes walk down Paseo del Prado; or
metroMetro: Atocha (Blue Line, L2) plus ten minutes walk.

Timetable:  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday and Holiday: 10:00 - 19:00
06 January, 24 December, 31 December: 10:00 - 14:00
01 January, 01 May, and 25 December: Closed
July - September: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
Sunday and Public Holiday: 10:00 - 21:00 .
(closed on public holidays that fall on Mondays) 09:00 - 20:00.
06 Janurary, 24 December, 31 December  09:00 - 14:00
Entry fee:  €16.00
General admission + official guide book 


TIP There is bus stop at Prado museum for the hop on hop off tourist bus.
Free entry for Over 65s, EU students under 25, unemployed, disabled, teachers and official guides.
Temporary exhibitions may cost an additional few euros.

Disabled access: Available.


Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia Gallery Entrance
The Reina Sofia Gallery Entrance

This is an impressive gallery where you can see fairly recent works from the 20th and 21st centuries. There are a lot of Picasso pieces, including the famous Guernica. You will also find a section dedicated to some modern art sculptures, and there is even a room showing a film written by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. The Reina Sofia art gallery makes up one part of Madrid's 'Golden Triangle' along with the Thyssen-Bornemisza gallery and the Prado. You can walk between all three in 10 minutes. I found the Reina Sofia to be bright and modern.

Detailed Article on Reina Sofia art gallery

Museo Reina Sofia
Santa Isabel, 52
28012 Madrid, España.

Tel:  +34 91 774 1000
Official Reina Sofia Art Gallery website

metroMetro: Atocha (Light Blue, L1) Plus 2 minutes walk.

Timetable:  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00.
Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00.
Tuesday: Closed .

Entry fee:  €8.00 .


TIP There is bus stop at Reina Sofia museum for the hop on hop off tourist bus.



Free for the general public:
Monday: 19:00 - 21:00
Wednesday-Saturday: 19:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 13:30 - 19:00
18 April, 18 May, 12 October, 6 December: Open All Day.

Official museum page detailing special offer entry cards available.

Disabled access: available
Parking available: Plaza Sánchez Bustillo. (Enter through Calle Doctor Mata.)


Thyssen-Bornemisza

Thyssen-Bornemisza Gallery
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Gallery is just opposite the Prado Gallery

This art gallery is one of the most popular. The main building itself is called Villahermosa Palace and it has been added to with newer galleries that house the Carmen collection of Dutch art. The paintings in this gallery are said to be one of the best private collections of 13th to 20th century art. You will see Durero, Titian, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Kandinsky or Rothko. The gallery offers guided tours for families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 at the weekends. You must call in advance to book. I loved the Renoir paintings - this is a delightful gallery.

The Thyssen is 2 minutes walk up the Paseo del Prado from the Prado museum. You'll come to a huge round-about with a fountain in the centre. It's just on the corner.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado, 8
28014 Madrid, España.

Tel:  +34 91 791 1370
Official website for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Gallery

metroMetro: Banco de España
(Red Line, L2) Plus 10 minutes walk.

Timetable:  Monday: 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00 .
Entry fee: Adults  €12.00 ; Pensioners and students  €8.00 ; Free for accompanied children under 12.

Disabled access: available.


TIP There is bus stop at Thyssen museum for the hop on hop off tourist bus.


Sorolla Art Gallery

This is a less publicised museum, but one of Madrid's little know treasures. The Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida originally lived in what is now the art gallery, which was built between 1910 and 1911. You will find excellent sculptures and ceramic works, as well as furniture and jewellery. His paintings are full of light, and a real pleasure to look at, and the house is beautiful, and bourgeois in style.

All 3 metro stations are close to the museum. You won't have to walk far.

Museo Sorolla
General Martínez Campos, 37
28010 Madrid, España.

Tel:  +34 91 310 1584
Official website of Sorolla Art Gallery

metroMetro: Iglesia (Light Blue Line, L1) Rubén Darío (Green Line, L5) or Gregorio Marañón (Blue Line, L10) or (Orange Line, L7) and all plus about 3 minutes walk.

Timetable:  Tuesday - Saturday: 09:30 - 20:00
Sunday and Public Holiday: 10:00 - 15:00
Entry fee: Adults  €3.00 ; Students and pensioners free.
Free on sundays
Free access: Below 18 years, over 65 and retired.


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