San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum

Price guide: Budget

Calle Alcala 13, Palacio Goyeneche, Madrid, 28014

Price guide: Budget

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Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History

Expert review of San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum

See paintings by top Spanish and European artists without the crowds.

There are loads of first-class artworks in this museum, which very few people visit. It's right in the centre, and really cheap to get in. What more do you want? It's worth going in just to see the Goya paintings - 13 of them! - which include two self portraits, and if that doesn't float your boat, there is work by El Greco, Picasso, Sorolla, Ribera, Murillo and Zurbaran too. European artists include Rubens, Van Dyck, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Arcimboldo.The building is interesting in itself, as the museum is housed in what was a grand residence designed in the 1720s by Jose Benito de Churriguera and adapted for its new use 50 years later by Diego de Villanueva. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts was founded in the mid-18th century and started out by collecting works by artists from Spain and other countries who were working in Madrid at that time.There is usually at least one temporary exhibition on too.

Price advice: 

Admission is 5 euros, concessions 2.50 euros.

Expert tips: 
Entrance is free on Wednesdays.

More information on San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Architectural site, Art gallery, Museum
Address:
Calle Alcala 13, Palacio Goyeneche, Madrid, 28014
Telephone:
91 524 0864
Website:
http://rabasf.insde.es
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun & holidays 9am-2.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Art, History, Rainy days

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