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Reina Sofia Museum: Home to Picasso's 'Guernica’

Visit this stunning museum located in the heart of Madrid, Spain. Renowned for its outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art. It is home to masterpieces by iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, the Reina Sofia Museum invites you on a journey through the evolution of 20th-century art.

Things to know before booking your tickets to Reina Sofia

  • If your agenda includes exploring multiple museums, the Combo ticket is invaluable. It combines museum entries with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, offering a vibrant blend of art and city exploration. This is perfect if you're keen to see Madrid's iconic sites along with enjoying art at the Reina Sofia, Prado, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. The flexibility of using the museum pass within a year allows for multiple trips or spaced-out visits.
  • To deeply engage with the artworks, consider the Guided Tour options. The specialized tours, whether focused on Reina Sofia alone or combined with the Prado, provide expert commentary that enriches your understanding of the art and its historical context. These tours are especially beneficial if you're eager to learn about the nuances of Spanish art and its global influences.
  • For a more intimate experience, the Small-Group or Private Guided Tour limits participants, ensuring personal attention and the opportunity to delve deeper into discussions about specific artworks. This is ideal for those who prefer a quieter visit with space to enjoy the art without the crowd.
  • Many museums offer free entry during certain hours. Plan your visit accordingly to take advantage of these times. For example, the Reina Sofia Museum offers free entry in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons. This is a great option for budget-conscious travelers or those making multiple visits.
  • Keep in mind that flash photography, tripods, and selfie sticks are banned across the museums to protect the artworks. Guernica and other specific areas restrict photography entirely, so prepare to enjoy the art without your camera at times.
  • Large bags or luggage larger than 30 x 30 cm aren’t allowed inside. If you carry a small backpack, you’ll need to wear it in front to protect the artworks and avoid inconveniencing other visitors.
  • The Reina Sofia Museum has two annexes located within the sprawling Buen Retiro Park, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. After you've explored the main museum, head to the Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal for a tranquil change of pace. These exhibition halls made of glass and iron house temporary exhibits of modern and contemporary art. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens or rent a rowboat on the lake for a relaxing break in the heart of Madrid.

Why visit the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid?

Reina Sofia Museum
  • Iconic Masterpieces: Encounter renowned works by legendary artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
  • Architectural Marvel: Marvel at the stunning architecture of the museum, including the iconic glass elevator and airy atrium.
  • Modern Art Showcase: Immerse yourself in a diverse collection highlighting the evolution of 20th-century art.
  • Library and Research Center: Delve into extensive resources at the museum's library and research center, catering to scholars and art enthusiasts.
  • Educational Programs: Engage in educational programs, workshops, and events designed to deepen your understanding of art.

Which Reina Sofia Museum ticket is best for you?

Combo Ticket - If you are on a Budget

If you are on a Budget

Go for: Combo ticket
Duration: 1 or 2-day bus pass
Guide: Audioguide

  • Save money with a combined hop-on-hop-off bus pass and a 3-museum access pass for Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado, and Reina Sofia.
  • Immerse yourself in diverse art styles at Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore Goya’s art at the renowned Prado Museum, and witness Picasso's 'Guernica' at the Reina Sofia Museum—all with one cost-effective ticket.

Recommended Tours: 
Combo (Save 5%): 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Madrid + Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museum Pass

If you are interested in art

If you are interested in art

Go for: Combo ticket
Duration: Flexible Duration

  • Enjoy hassle-free entry to Madrid's renowned Golden Triangle of Art with one convenient ticket. Enter the museums at your convenience during opening hours and take your time appreciating the rich artistic heritage within.
  • Experience the largest collection of Spanish art at Prado Museum, featuring Velázquez's masterpiece, Las Meninas. Explore the second largest private art collection globally at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Marvel at modern masterpieces by Picasso, Dalí, and more at the Reina Sofia Museum.

Recommended Tours:
Paseo del Arte 3 Museum Pass: Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza & Reina Sofia Access

Guided Tours - If you want to explore in-depth

If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Guided Tours
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min. - 1 hr. 30 min.
Guide:  Professional tour guide

  • Gain a profound understanding of the Reina Sofia Museum, a pivotal national institution, through a curated guided tour. Choose a tour in your preferred language—English, Italian, or Spanish—enabling a more engaging and tailored experience.
  • Explore a premier collection of Spanish art, spanning surrealism, modernism, abstractism, and cubism. Witness Salvador Dali's masterpieces, including 'Still Life' and 'Cubist Self Portrait,' and delve into Picasso's anti-war masterpiece, 'Guernica.

Recommended Tours:
Guided Tour of Reina Sofia Museum

Guided Tours - If you want to explore beyond

If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Guided Tours
Duration: 4 hr
Guide:  Professional tour guide

  • Benefit from knowledgeable guides at Prado Museum and Reina Sofia museum, offering rich insights into the history and significance of the artwork.
  • Choose this ticket for an in-depth exploration beyond the surface, delving into the historical context and diverse artistic movements presented at both Prado and Reina Sofia.

Recommended Tours:
Prado & Reina Sofia Museum Tour

Free Reina Sofia Museum Tickets

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.

Plan your visit to Reina Sofia Museum

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Reina Sofia Museum
  • The Main Venue Sabatini and Nouvel Building: 10 AM to 2:30 PM (except on Tuesday & Sunday)
    Museum Opening Timings On Sunday: 10 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Parque del Retiro, Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal timings:
    January - February: 10 AM - 6PM
    March: 10 AM - 7 PM
    April - September: 11 AM - 10 PM
    October: 10 AM - 7 PM
    November - December: 10 AM - 6 PM
    It is open every day of the week though the timings change throughout the year.
  • 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

Find it on the map.

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: Atocha Train Station and Plaza Juan Goytisolo

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  • Lift facility available in the Nouvel and Sabatini Building with braille marking.
  • Wi-Fi facility available.
  • Locker/cloakroom available 
  • Bookshop
  • Baby Changing Station
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Accessibility education programs and activities for people with learning, visual, and hearing disabilities
  • Emergency medical services are accessible at the museum for any unforeseen health incidents.
Tips
  • The Reina Sofia Museum is free to visit on Wednesdays to Mondays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Sundays from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
  • It is important to note this, the exhibition rooms must be maintained at a temperature of 21º Celsius due to conservation measures. So, visitors are recommended to wear warm clothing. 
  • An adult must accompany those under the age of 14 years. Visitors aged 14-18 years need to carry ID and their Reina Sofia Museum Tickets.
  • The Reina Sofia Museum is completely wheelchair accessible. 
  • Lifts in the Nouvel Building and Sabatini Building have a visual numbering scheme and even have braille for the visually disabled.
  • The Palacio de Cristal will be closed on rainy or heat-wave days.
  • All visitors are required to clear the gallery 15 minutes before closing time.
  • Photography is allowed without the use of a flash, tripod, selfie stick, or any other type of camera stand.
  • Due to the massive size of the Museum, it’s easy to get lost. So, please do keep track of the room numbers.
Group of friends eating at a cafe

Arzábal: Arzábal seamlessly blends a bar concept with top-tier restaurant standards, offering meticulously crafted cuisine in a vibrant ambiance. Don't miss their signature alcachofas confitadas con jamón (confit artichokes with ham) or the delectable tarta de atún (tuna tartar).

Timings: The restaurant is open daily, from 11 am to 11 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11 am to 8 pm on Sundays.

Café Restaurant NuBel: Chef Olmos curates a menu spotlighting simplicity and top-tier ingredients. Indulge in international breakfasts, daily brunches, and an array of dishes from egg specialties to pancakes, all accompanied by an assortment of teas and coffees. Set in a laid-back ambiance, Nubel provides a unique dining space that perfectly complements the museum experience. 

Timings: Open from 9 am to 12 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 2am. Sundays from 9am to 6pm and it is closed on Tuesdays.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid: The Royal Palace of Madrid is, of course, the official residence of the Spanish royal family. It is also extremely close to the Reina Sofia Museum. However, the Palace is now used only for ceremonial purposes.

Royal Collections Gallery: Housing an unparalleled array of artistic masterpieces spanning centuries, this gallery showcases the opulence and grandeur of the Spanish monarchy. From exquisite paintings by iconic artists to regal tapestries and intricate artifacts, each piece is a testament to the enduring legacy of Spanish royalty.

Beyond the Reina Sofia Museum

Prado Museum
Explore Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Musuem of Illusions

Frequently asked questions about Reina Sofia Museum tickets

What is the Reina Sofia Museum?

The Reina Sofia Museum is a renowned art museum in Madrid, specializing in contemporary and modern art. It houses an extensive collection of Spanish art, including masterpieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

Are discounts available on Reina Sofia Museum tickets?

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.

Can I buy Reina Sofia Museum tickets online?

Yes, you can buy tickets online and it is a much better option as it will allow you to book and plan ahead. 

What is the best way to buy tickets to the Reina Sofia Museum?

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.

How much time should I spend at the Reina Sofia Museum?

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.

What are the regular opening hours of the Reina Sofia Museum?

 The Reina Sofia Museum is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On Sundays, it closes at 7:00 PM.

What are the main highlights of the museum's collection?

The Reina Sofia Museum is famous for housing Picasso's iconic painting "Guernica," a powerful anti-war masterpiece. Other highlights include works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and other influential Spanish and international artists.

Does the museum have facilities for people with disabilities?

The Reina Sofia Museum is committed to accessibility. It provides facilities such as ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms.

How far is the Reina Sofia Museum from other major attractions in Madrid?

The museum is centrally located in Madrid, making it easily accessible. It is situated near other major attractions like the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, allowing visitors to plan a convenient art tour.

Is there a recommended route or order for exploring the museum's collections?

While there is no strict route, the museum is designed to be explored chronologically. Many visitors start with the older collections and progress to more contemporary works. However, you are free to explore the museum in the order that interests you the most.

Does the museum host educational programs or workshops for visitors, especially children?

Yes, the Reina Sofia Museum often organizes educational programs, workshops, and activities for visitors of all ages. These programs aim to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art. Check the museum's website for information on scheduled events.