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With valid ID, some individuals are allowed free access to Reina Sofia Museum. This includes people of age groups under 18 and over 65, UG & PG Students of Fine Arts, Conservation and Restoration, History and History of Art, Youth Card Holders, Transport Pass of the Community of Madrid Holders, People with disabilities & the family accompanying them, Resolution authorized cultural group members, Official Tourism Guides and Journalists.
The Palacio de Velázquez is another one of the exhibition areas of Reina Sofia Madrid. It was designed as the main exhibition hall for the metal arts, ceramic and glasswork, and international exposition of mining.
Museo Reina Sofía has a vast collection of art, mainly from the 19th century, addressing the socio-political conflicts along with cultural and artistic fronts. It also addresses the new and experimental tone of the 20th Century.
The Sabatini Building is one of the venues at Reina Sofia Madrid founded as the Hospital de San Carlos in the 18th century by King Carlos III of Spain. It was only in 1990 that it was converted into the Museum it is today. It has a courtyard with broad vaulted galleries that are supported by stone pilasters and various exhibition spaces.
The Nouvel Building was inaugurated in 2005 and comprises two massive exhibition spaces, a library a documentation center, a bookshop, offices, a café-restaurant, a protocol room, and two auditoriums. This building was meant to support the Sabatini Building by housing miscellaneous exhibits, in addition to other things like the cafe.
The Crystal Palace was conceived as a greenhouse by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco during the Spanish colonization of the Philipines. Now, it is used as a secondary exhibition site. The Palace is constructed with materials such as iron and glass with elements of 19th-century colonialism.
Closed On: January 1st & 6, May 1st, May 15th, November 9th, & December 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Address: C. de Sta. Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
By Bus: EMT Line Bus
By Train: Nearest Train Station: Atocha-RENFE Train Station
By Metro: Line 1 Estación del Arte & Line 3 Lavapiés
By Bicycle: Nearest Bicycle Racks: At the Plaza Nouvel entrance, Sides of the Sabatini Building entrance
Parking facilities are available at:
Location: Sabatini Building. Floor 2
Room 205: Guernica and the Thirties - With the collection starting from the late 19th Century, the artworks reflect the conflict between the strict authoritarianism in Europe and utopian experimental and unorthodox nature of art, culture and society.
Room 206.02: Oskar Schlemmer. Das Triadische Ballett (The Triadic Ballet), 1922 - Along with Oskar Schlemmer and Jean Arp’s works, you will find famous artworks in the room like Berenice Abbott's Empire State Building, Salvador Dalí’s Los esfuerzos estériles (Sterile Efforts) and Ángelus arquitectónico de Millet, and many more
The museum offers the following services for all visitors:
The materials in the Museo Reina Sofía Research Centre, Library and Archive can be consulted free of cost without any charge in the reading room. It has an immense collection of specialized materials on Contemporary Art.
Located on the lower floors of the Nouvel Building, the collection provides documentary support to researchers, students and experts on the Contemporary Art subject.
A. Yes, the Reina Sofia Museum is open to visitors. However, tickets are to be booked online and visitors can only access the Collections, the Sabatini Garden, and the Nouvel terraces in the Main Site, in addition to the current exhibitions. The Library and Central archive, on the other hand, can only be accessed with prior appointments.
A. Yes, it is absolutely safe to on a Reina Sofia Museum tour. The museum has strict Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of the visitors. For example, visitors are required to wear and mask and wash their hands frequently. They are also required to take the stairs and maintain social distancing. Most importantly, the museum maintains a set capacity.
A. Yes, visitors can avail of discounts on Reina Sofia Museum tickets by purchasing them online. Discounts are available for individuals under 18 and over 65, UG & PG Students of Fine Arts, Conservation and Restoration, History and History of Art, Youth Card Holders, Transport Pass of the Community of Madrid Holders, People with disabilities & the family accompanying them, Resolution authorized cultural group members, Official Tourism Guides and Journalists.
A. Visitors are expected to buy their Reina Sofia Museum tickets online to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Additionally, buying tickets online is a much better option as it will allow you to book and plan ahead.
A. The best way to buy Reina Sofia Museum tickets would be to get them online. Not only can you choose from various kinds of tours, but you can also plan ahead, instead of winging it at the ticket counter. Most importantly, it’ll help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A. The Reina Sofia Museum happens to be quite massive, and you can spend close to 4-5 hours without visiting all the exhibits. However, you can spend about a minimum of 2 hours to experience the main highlights and a few of the hidden gems.
A. Yes, Reina Sofia Museum tickets includes skip-the-line access.
A. The best time to visiting the Reina Sofia Museum would be from 5 pm to 8 pm. This will void the peak crowd and you can grab some dinner in the city once you finish the tour. June to July also happens to be the best months to visit the museum as the sun sets at 9:40 PM.
A. Photos without flash, tripod, monopode or any other stabilizing element of cameras are allowed, except where otherwise indicated. No photos or image recordings are allowed in area 206 (Guernica).