Reina Sofia Museum

Address: Calle Santa Isabel 52, Madrid, 28012, Spain
Telephone: 91 774 1000

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See Picasso’s 'Guernica' in Madrid’s spectacular contemporary art museum.

A vast 18th-century hospital is now the stylish and ultra modern setting for Spain's most important collection of contemporary art. Displays start from the beginning of the 20th century with work by Spanish artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida and Miquel Barcelo. International names include Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter and Francis Bacon. The reorganisation of the permanent collection was completed at the end of 2010, and the 2nd floor now charts developments from 1900-1945, while the 4th floor is devoted to 1945-1968. On the 2nd floor, there is invariably a crowd around Picasso’s astounding masterpiece, 'Guernica', which he painted in reaction to the bombing of the Basque town of that name during Spain's Civil War. The new - and very red - extension by Jean Nouvel houses a restaurant run by leading chef Sergi Arola. There are always a few temporary exhibitions on too, which you can see without visiting the main collection if you don't have time to do the whole thing. 

Value for money

Price advice

Admission is 6 euros for the permanent collection and 3 euros for temporary exhibitions. See the website for details of discounts and free entry for seniors, students etc. The museum is free for everyone after 7pm on Mondays and Wed-Fri, on Saturdays after 2.30pm and on Sundays from 10am-2.30pm.


Expert tips

The book and gift shops are excellent here.

There are free guided tours on Monday and Wednesday at 5pm.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture