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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid, Spain
917 74 10 00
http://www.museoreinasofia.es/
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Often referred to as "The Sofia," this 20th century art museum is named after Queen Sofia of Spain and primarily showcases Spanish art. The most famous piece in the museum is undoubtedly Picasso's ... Read more
"Guernica;" Dali, Miró, and Chillida are just a few other artists featured alongside Picasso. Students and art aficionados can take advantage of The Sofia's free access library specializing in contemporary art. Getting to the museum is easy, as the Atocha train and metro stations are just a short walk from its doors.

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Vancouver

Home to Picasso’s Guernica and a whole lot more Modern Art. Be prepared to tilt your head out of curiosity.

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Santa Clara

I don't mind contemporary art, but most of the museum was down for an installation, and the few exhibits that were open were not quite to my liking. From the pictures of what would have been open, I might have rated it higher. But alas, I ended up liking the Prado and Thyssen museums more than Reina.

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Nerja

Don’t forget to admire the famous Picasso’s Guernica. A lot of interesting Dali’s pieces

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Kuala Lumpur

Named after Queen Sofia of Spain, this fantastic museum is mainly dedicated to works of art from the 20th-century. There are always various exhibitions taking place, so do check the official website for more info on those events.

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Barcelona

It's well known amongst locals that Reina Sofia is free on Sundays. If you can stand the crowds, it's definitely worth the wait to get in and peruse the art, as well as the people, at this acclaimed institution in Madrid. What I appreciate most about the museum is the live programming, often presenting performances or films from local and international artists. The building itself is a blend of old and new, and the cafe is a definite gathering spot amongst Madrid's creative types.

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Longmont

The Reina Sofia, along the Accademia in Venice, is the most memorable art museum that I've seen in Europe. This is where you'll find the Guernica. Although the image is famous, what you don't realize is that it's about forty feet long and ten feet high. Close up the image is so powerful it's almost domineering.

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Sydney

Fantastic museum with a varied collection and lovely courtyard. Plus a very contemporary wing which host social events. Great museum store too. Prefer this museum experience over Prado.

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Pleasant Hill

Gayle and I "accidentally" stumbled onto the Reina Sofia as we were walking back from the Atocha Train Station. It was early on a Monday evening and admission was free. The only catch was that backpacks aren't allowed inside and 1 Euro lockers are readily available.

We headed straight for the Guernica, the Picasso masterpiece. It's an impressive work and I can see why the Guggenheim Museum in Basque Bilbao (near Guernica) wants it and has a place reserved for it. Around the painting were various Picasso sketches and preparations towards this piece and lots of surrounding information regarding the Spanish Civil War. There's other great works in this massive museum (e.g., Joan Miro, Dali, etc.), but after seeing Guernica, the rest is almost "commentary". That's not really fair of course, as the Reina Sofia shows off an exceptional collection of 20th Century Art.

The other interesting thing I noticed here, at the El Greco Museum in Toledo, and other places in Spain is the architectural approach of adding a modern expansion and wrapping it around the old building. The original building of course was Madrid's first public hospital, as you might notice the iron-barred windows of the mentally ill ward (facing the courtyard).

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Calgary

This is an excellent modern art museum which is particularly strong in Spanish artists including Picasso, Gris, Miro and Dali among the most famous names. The building itself was originally a hospital but has been modernized with glass elevator shafts and a glass third level terrace.

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Local from Madrid

The Reina Sofia museum was originally a hospital that was redesigned and converted into one of the world's leading modern art museums. From the breathtaking architecture outside of the building to the beautiful glass elevators, you'll be impressed before you even step inside. Once you go through the doors you can see a huge collection of works that inspired movements, including many from Salvador Dalí and Picasso. The museum's most famous piece is Picasso's "El Guernica" which leaves a lasting impression considering its theme and sheer size.
The museum is a must-see even for Budget Travellers as some days there is free entry!

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Brisbane

Near the Atocha metro stop, and a short walk from the Prado. This museum is dedicated mostly to Spanish artists. The most famous painting in the collection is probably Guernica. They also have several excellent works of art by Joan Miro

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New York City

This museum was one of my major reasons for visiting Madrid. Seeing Pablo Picasso's Guernica in person is something all art aficionados should do. The entire collection is wonderful, however, and the staff is extremely friendly. This is one of the few museums that does allow photography (no flash, obviously), so make the most of it!

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Following up on our day at the Prado and the Thyssen museums, we headed to Reina Sofia to see La Guernica by Pablo Picasso. Ever since hearing about it and studying it in high school I've always wanted to see it in person. I never thought I would. Fast forward many years later and a plane flight to Spain, there I was looking at one of the most famous pieces of the 20th century. Picasso painted La Guernica after the Spanish city of Guernica was bombed during the Spanish Civil War. It's powerful, Cubist, quite large, and speaks volumes. You really do have to see it in all its glory to really appreciate it. It's grandiose. He personally made sure Guernica was relocated back to Spain after Franco's death and now it's home is in the Reina Sofia.

The Reina Sofia houses mainly 20th century art and complements the Prado in what its collection lacks. There are mainly Spanish artists featured but you'll be able to find works from other notable artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Pollock. The Paseo del arte pass was definitely worth the money to be able to check out all of these works with unlimited time available. The museum offers free entry Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm until 9pm. Saturday afternoons (from 2.30pm) and Sunday mornings (until 2.30pm). At other times it costs €6 to get in. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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Porto

My favourite museum in Madrid, this contemprary art museum is located in the Paseo del Arte area. Fabulous exhibitons and names such as Dali, Miro, Picasso, Rothke,etc everywhere. The famous Picasso's painting Guernica is there and it's absolutelly incredible. Loved it and it is a good choice for contemporany art lovers!

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Boston

After wandering the great Prado, it's tempting to skip the Reina Sofia, but I think it's worth a visit, if not only to see the incredible Guernica. It's also got an impressive collection of other Picassos, Dalis and Miros--three of Spain's most innovative and talented painters. The museum furthermore houses a lot of modern and/or contemporary art, which offers a nice break from the many darker, stiffer, renaissance exhibits found at the Prado. Admission is free from 7-9 pm, Mon-Sat (closed Tuesdays) and from 3-7 pm on Sundays.

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San Jose

Big museum that often has large areas on rotational display. Out front is a plaza with many steps and cafes, and inside is another garden square. The art, mostly Spanish, is less classic/romantic and more modern/abstract. Perhaps the most famous works exhibited here are by Picasso and Dalí.

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Bordeaux

This is one of the better known museums in Spain and hosts some of the great Spanish artists such as Picasso and Dali. It isn't a very large museum but you could easily get lost in the art for an hour or two. It hosts Picasso's famous Geurnica painting, an unbelievable piece of artwork. Admission is free after certain times at night, but check their website for exact times and dates.

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Huelva

You know that moment when you're in front of a painting and you ask yourself how in the world could that be considered a piece of art? Well I got that feeling many times there. But it wasn't that bad after all, I guess I just don't really understand art aha.

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Tallahassee

Well, being free and having Guernica alone makes it great. The lines were surprisingly short compared to the Prada and the elevator outside was an added bonus. Some un-signed Picasso's seem to interest a group of English speaking weirdos but that was all part of the art. So fun, highly recommend. Close by are numerous bars and it is right across the roadway from the train station so you can't miss it. I loved it.

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Enjoy the free entrance hours and have many visits to the Guernica. Its worth itself the trip to Madrid.

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