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Reina Sofia National Museum of Art Center

Jan 1 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday 10:00am–9:00pm 8:30pm
Tuesday (Today)Closed
Wednesday 10:00am–9:00pm 8:30pm
Thursday 10:00am–9:00pm 8:30pm
Friday 10:00am–9:00pm 8:30pm
Saturday 10:00am–9:00pm 8:30pm
Sunday 10:00am–2:30pm 2:00pm

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Reina Sofia opening hours

  • General timings: 10am - 9pm, Wednesday to Monday. Sundays from 10am to 2:30pm
  • Free admission on Mondays (7pm - 9pm), Wednesday to Saturday (7pm - 9pm), Sundays (12:30pm - 2:30pm), and selected holidays
  • Closed: January 1 and 6, May 1, May 15, November 9, and December 24, 25, and 31.

What's the best time to visit Reina Sofia?

Peak Season vs Low Season

The Reina Sofia experiences fluctuations in visitor numbers throughout the year. Tourist crowds are typically larger during the summer months (June to August) and around major holidays. If you prioritize a less crowded visit, consider planning your trip during the shoulder seasons (spring: March to May, autumn: September to November). These periods offer pleasant weather in Madrid and generally see a decrease in tourist influx compared to peak summer. Keep in mind that even during the low season, free admission evenings can attract larger crowds.

Weekday vs Weekend

For the quietest experience during your visit to Reina Sofia, weekdays are generally preferable over weekends. Tourist groups tend to be more prominent on Saturdays and Sundays, which can lead to increased crowds, especially in the afternoon. If you're on a tighter schedule and weekdays aren't an option, consider aiming for either the first opening hour (10:00 AM) or the lunchtime lull (around 3:00 PM) to avoid peak crowds.

How long should I spend at Reina Sofia?

2-3 Hours

This is a good starting point for visitors who want to see the museum's highlights, including Picasso's Guernica and other key works of 20th-century Spanish art. With this timeframe, you can move through the main collections at a moderate pace, allowing time to pause and appreciate the most impactful pieces. This is suitable for visitors with a general interest in art or those pressed for time.

4 -6 Hours

If you're an art enthusiast or have a particular fondness for modern and contemporary art, consider allocating 4-6 hours for your Reina Sofia visit. This timeframe allows you to delve deeper into the collections, explore temporary exhibitions, and perhaps even enjoy a leisurely lunch at the on-site cafe. You can take your time with individual pieces, read descriptions, and gain a richer understanding of the artistic movements and social contexts represented.

Full day or more

For art aficionados who want to truly immerse themselves in Reina Sofia's vast collection, a full day or even multiple visits might be ideal. This allows you to explore every corner of the museum, revisit favorite pieces, and participate in guided tours or workshops offered throughout the day. This extended exploration is best for passionate art lovers or researchers seeking a comprehensive understanding of the museum's holdings.

Frequently asked questions about Reina Sofia opening hours

Is there a recommended time to arrive to avoid large crowds?

Generally, weekdays between 2pm and 6pm tend to be less crowded compared to mornings when tour groups are more frequent. You can also take advantage of the free admission evenings.

Are there any off-peak hours or days with fewer visitors?

Tuesdays are closed entirely, so Wednesdays might see a slight increase in visitors compared to other weekdays. Weekends, especially Sundays, tend to be busier overall.

Are there early bird or late-night special hours available?

Yes, the museum offers free admission evenings from 7pm to 9pm on weekdays (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Sundays. Keep in mind these slots are only for individual visitors, not groups.

How long does the average visitor spend at this place?

A thorough visit can take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours, depending on your pace and interest level in the exhibits.

What's the best time to visit for optimal weather conditions?

While the Reina Sofia itself is an indoor museum, it has two satellite venues located within the Retiro Park. These venues (Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal) might be more affected by weather conditions. Spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures for exploring both the museum and the park.

What if I arrive earlier than my entry time?

You can wait at the museum entrance until your designated entry slot opens.

Is there a time limit on my visit? How long does a visit take?

There's no strict time limit for your visit within the opening hours. As mentioned earlier, a comprehensive visit can take 3 to 4 hours, but you can adjust your exploration time based on your interests.

How much earlier do I have to arrive for my timeslot?

It's recommended to arrive 15-20 minutes before your designated entry time to avoid any last-minute delays and ensure a smooth entry process.