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Ultimate guide to visiting Reina Sofia | Timings, Location, Tips & More

Reina Sofia | Visitor information at a glance

  • What are the opening hours of the Reina Sofia?
    Reina Sofia is open from 10 AM to 9 PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the museum is open from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Where is the Reina Sofia located?
    Reina Sofia is located in Madrid, Spain. It is situated at Calle de Santa Isabel, at the heart of Madrid, near popular landmarks such as the Prado Museum.
  • How many entrances does the Reina Sofia have?
    Reina Sofia has two entrances. The main entrance is through the Sabatini Building on Santa Isabel, and the second entrance is via the Nouvel Building on Ronda de Atocha.
  • How many visitors does the Reina Sofia see per year?
    Some estimates suggest Reina Sofia receives more than three million visitors every year.

Reina Sofia important information

Reina Sofia timings
Reina Sofia location
  • Opening Hours: Reina Sofia is open from Monday to Saturday, except Tuesday, from 10 AM to 9 PM. On Sunday, it opens from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • Closed: The museum is closed on Tuesday.
  • Free admission except for groups: Free admission is available on Monday from 7 PM to 9 PM, Wednesday to Saturday from 7 PM to 9 PM, and Sunday from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Additionally, free admission is granted on April 18, May 18, October 12, and December 6.
  • Note: Visitors must vacate the halls 15 minutes before the closing time, and the last ticket is issued 30 minutes before the closing time.
  • Best Time to Visit Reina Sofia: Reina Sofia is part of Madrid's Golden Triangle of art museums and attracts a staggering 3 million visitors annually, often resulting in long queues for entry.

Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 5228012, Madrid.

Find On Maps

Description: The Reina Sofia Museum is located in the heart of Madrid, close to the Madrid Atocha railway station.

Closest landmark: Madrid Atocha Railway station, 1.5 Kilometers away.

How to get to Reina Sofia?

By Public Transport

By Metro: There are two Metro lines connecting the Reina Sofia Museum. You can alight at Estacion del Arte station on Line 1 or Lavapies station on Line 3.

By Taxi: It's easy to hire a cab anywhere in Madrid to Reina Sofia. Taxis are available at taxi stands outside popular attractions, including Atocha railway station.

By Train: The closest railway station to Reina Sofia museum is Atocha-RENFE. It's in walkable distance.

By Bus: There are several bus lines connect Reina Sofia museum. Board on EMT Lines 6, 10, 14, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 59, 85, 86, 102, 119, C1, C2, and E1.

By Car

If you drive a car to Reina Sofia from Madrid Airport, drive along M-14, A-2, and M-30 Lateral for eight kilometers. Take Exit 7 towards Paseo del Prado, then turn right onto Calle de Atocha after 1 kilometer. Finally, turn right onto Calle del Doctor Mata, and you will arrive at Reina Sofia.

Parking facilities 

Reina Sofia does not have parking space for visitors. However, there are several public parking spaces available close to the museum:

  1. C. de Sánchez Bustillo has a public parking space, located just 1.7 KM away.
  2. A public parking space close to Atocha train station can be reached under 10 minutes.
  3. Atocha train station itself has a public parking space, just a few minutes away from the museum.
  4. Garage Ronda de Atocha is 120 meters away from the museum and is a paid parking facility.

Know Before You Go

Audio guide
Rules & regulations

There are two entrances to the Reina Sofia museum, both easily accessible from the street:

Sabatini Building: This is the main entrance located at Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid. Visitors can enter through this entrance to access the main exhibition center, designed in neoclassical style by the Italian architect Fransisco Sabatini.

Nouvel Building: The entrance to the newly built Nouvel Building is located at Ronda de Atocha s/n, Madrid. Visitors can access this entrance to explore temporary collections.

  • Lift: Visitors can access lifts in both the Nouvel and Sabatini buildings. These lifts are equipped with braille markings, allowing visually challenged visitors to navigate the buildings with ease.
  • Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi access is available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the Sabatini building, as well as in the Café and library in the Nouvel building.
  • Locker/cloakroom: In the Sabatini building, lockers are available in three sizes: 43 x 42 x 31 cm, 88 x 42 x 31 cm, and 88 x 42 x 64 cm. In the Nouvel building, lockers are available in the size 29 x 34.5 x 42 cm.
  • Bookshop: La Central, the bookshop, boasts a collection of over 60,000 books and operates from Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 8:45 PM.
  • Baby Changing Station: Baby changing boards are accessible in the bathrooms on Floor 2 and Floor 4 of the Sabatini building. In the Nouvel building, you can find baby changing boards at Mezzanine E0 and the Café Restaurant.

Visitors can request a wireless device to listen to pre-recorded guides, which are available in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Korean. These audio guides are exclusively available for permanent exhibitions.

Radio-guides: Group visitors have the option to choose a radio guide. Visitors aged 12 and above can utilize the wireless device to access audio guides. These devices are available for rent and can be obtained from the audio guide desk situated at the entrance of the Nouvel Building.

  • Wheelchair loans and folding cane seats are available for visitors with limited mobility.
  • Ramps have been installed at nearly every slope inside the buildings for improved accessibility.
  • Visitors with limited mobility can utilize lifts to access higher floors in both the Sabatini and Nouvel buildings.
  • Audio guides are available in seven languages, including English.
  • Groups arriving in adapted vehicles are granted free parking in the loading bay.
  • Guide dogs are permitted upon presentation of relevant documents in advance.
  • Sign language assistance is available.
  • Personal hearing loops are available for loan free of charge.

Being one of the most important centers of art in Europe, Reina Sofia frequently hosts exhibitions. Currently, visitors can enjoy four ongoing exhibitions at the museum:

  • Olga de Soto - Reconstruction of a Danse Macabre
    28 Feb - 1 July 2024
  • What They Saw - Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999
    23 Feb - 7 June 2024
  • Antoni Tapies - The practice of Art
    21 Feb - 24 June 2024
  • James Lee Byars
    9 May - 1 September 2024
  • The museum maintains a constant temperature of 21 degrees Celsius inside the exhibition rooms, so it's ideal to wear warm clothes.
  • Avoid using flash photography.
  • All visitors must vacate the halls 15 minutes before the closing time.
  • Keep your tickets as they are subject to inspection at the exit door.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry sharp objects inside the halls.
  • Only small bags and backpacks (40x40 cm) are permitted inside the halls.
  • Due to frequent restoration, some rooms in the exhibition may not be accessible to visitors.
  • Reina Sofia offers free admission on Mondays from 7 PM to 9 PM, Wednesday to Saturday from 7 PM to 9 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
  • It's advisable to wear warm clothes as the exhibition rooms are maintained at a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius throughout the day.
  • Children below the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult all the time.
  • The Palacio de Cristal, another attraction administered by Reina Sofia museum, will be closed on rainy or heat-wave days.
  • There are two shops within the campus of Reina Sofia. The Museo Reina Sofía Shop sells objects related to the collections, while La Central Del Museo Reina Sofia is a bookshop.
  • The Museo Reina Sofía Shop is located on Santa Isabel street and operates from 10:30 AM to 8:45 PM on weekdays, and 10:30 AM to 2:45 PM on Sundays. The shop is closed on Tuesdays.
  • The bookshop is open Monday to Saturday, except Tuesday, from 10 AM to 8:45 PM. On Sundays, the shop is open from 10 AM to 2:45 PM.

There are two cafe/restaurants within Reina Sofia: Nubel Café and Taberna Arzabal café.

  • Nubel Cafe/Restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous international breakfasts. Guests can also enjoy a variety of egg dishes, burgers, and freshly baked pastries.
  • Taberna Arzabal Cafe is famous for its croquettes and anchovies. Guests particularly enjoy the pan-fried eggs with truffles.
  • Taberna Tirso de Molina: Located just around the corner of Reina Sofia, this restaurant is highly rated for its grilled dishes.

  • Mediodía Hotel: A highly rated two-star hotel located very close to public transport. Known for its excellent service, it is accessible in just under 6 minutes from the Reina Sofia museum.
  • UMA Suites Atocha: A beautiful budget-friendly hotel situated right in the heart of Madrid. Easily accessible via public transport and within walking distance from the Reina Sofia.
  • Hotel Mora: A pet-friendly two-star hotel located close to the Reina Sofia. Known for its outstanding service.
  • Hotel Artrip: A two-star hotel situated close to public transport. The restaurant inside the hotel is one of the finest in Madrid. It is located just under 10 minutes from the Reina Sofia museum.
  • Real Jardín Botánico: The 20-acre Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid.
  • Prado Museum: The main national art museum of Spain.
  • Plaza Mayor: One of Spain's largest public squares.
  • Royal Palace of Madrid: The official residence of the Spanish royal family.

Frequently asked questions about visiting Reina Sofia

Where is Reina Sofia located?

Reina Sofia is an art museum situated in Madrid, the capital of Spain.

Can I visit Reina Sofia?

Yes, Reina Sofia welcomes visitors and ranks among the top tourist attractions in Spain.

Why should I visit Reina Sofia?

Reina Sofia is renowned worldwide as one of the premier art centers, forming part of Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art alongside other esteemed museums. It boasts a remarkable collection, including Pablo Picasso's masterpiece, Guernica.

Can I visit Reina Sofia for free?

Yes, Reina Sofia offers free admission during specific hours: Mondays from 7 PM to 9 PM, Wednesday to Saturday from 7 PM to 9 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

How do I book tickets to visit Reina Sofia?

Booking tickets online is recommended for easy access and to bypass queues.

How much does it cost to visit Reina Sofia?

Ticket prices range from €12 to €63, with free admission available during specified hours.

What is the best time to visit Reina Sofia?

October is an ideal time to visit. Early mornings or afternoons are recommended to avoid crowds.

What are the Reina Sofia opening hours?

Reina Sofia is open from 10 AM to 9 PM Monday to Saturday and from 10 AM to 2:30 PM on Sundays.

Can I visit Reina Sofia in a group?

Yes, group trips are permitted, but free admission does not apply to group bookings.

Is Reina Sofia suitable for children?

Yes, Reina Sofia offers facilities for families, including baby changing stations, restaurants, and shops.

Is Reina Sofia wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Reina Sofia is wheelchair-friendly, providing wheelchairs for visitors with limited mobility.

Can I purchase food and drinks at Reina Sofia?

Yes, two restaurants within the museum campus offer a variety of dining options.

How long does it take to visit Reina Sofia?

A visit typically lasts 3 to 4 hours, depending on your interests.

Is a visit to Reina Sofia worthwhile?

Absolutely! Reina Sofia is a cultural gem, housing rare and unique artworks that are must-see for enthusiasts of history and architecture.