What to see at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid: timetables, prices and tips

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The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid is one of the largest museums in the city, without forgetting that it is also among the most interesting. The topic covered is that ofmodern and contemporary art starting from the early years of the twentieth century, hosting important artists such as Picasso, Dalì, Kandinsky and many others. Find out more about the Reina Sofia Museum: tips, prices, what to see and how to get there!


  1. What to see and how to visit Reina Sofia Museum
  2. Guernica, Picasso
  3. Woman in Blue, Picasso
  4. Jar, Dali
  5. Girl at the Window, Dali
  6. Cubist self-portrait, Dali
  7. Arlequin, Dali
  8. The Fall of Barcelona, ​​Corbusier
  9. Tertulia, Santos
  10. Tertulia of the Cafe d Pombo, Solana
  11. Man with Pipe, Miro
  12. The Great Masturbator, Dali
  13. Joy of the Basque Landscape, Díaz
  14. Great Prophet, Gargallo
  15. The Anisette Bottle, Gris
  16. Carafe and Book, Gris
  17. Guitar and Newspaper, Gris
  18. Hours and prices
  19. Online tickets and guided tours
  20. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Reina Sofia Museum

The Reina Sofia Museum will surprise you with its immense size. In fact, it expands over 4 floors all divided into multiple rooms (from 20 to 30 each) and each with its own collection and a different theme. The collections on display permanently are 3, divided simply into the first collection (located on the second floor), the second collection (located on the fourth floor) and the third collection (ground floor and first floor), while a floor (the third) is intended for temporary exhibitions.

  • First Collection - "The irruption of the twentieth century: utopias and conflicts": retraces the artistic period between 1900 and 1945, exhibiting works by important artists such as Salvador Dalì and Picasso.
  • Second collection - "The war is over? Art in a divided world": set up on the fourth floor with paintings, sculptures and objects by the Co.BRA group, by José Caballero, by Louise Bourgeois, by Marchel Duchamp and the Popular Press, embracing the period 1945 -1968.
  • Third collection - "From revolt to postmodernity": it occupies the entire ground floor and also the first floor where contemporary, geometric, pop works and installations ranging from 1962 to 1982 are chronologically exhibited.

In addition to the normal exhibition, the Reina Sofia Museum also features gods educational programs with specific activities created specifically for involve people with physical disabilities of various kinds and, always designed for them, there are several services that facilitate the visit such as ramps, bathrooms, cloakroom and seats. And now, here are the must-see works of the museum!

1 - Guernica, Picasso

The most important and most heartbreaking work of Pablo Picasso is found in this museum. Guernica is a painting with clear and dark colors made only of white, black and some shades of gray, to reproduce the sad and terrible atmosphere of the aerial bombardment suffered by the city during the Spanish civil war.

  • Author: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1937

2 - Woman in Blue, Picasso

Another interesting work by the famous Spanish painter. The Woman in Blue is a simple representation of a woman in a gorgeous dress in blue and white tones for which the artist was inspired by a work by Velazquez. His painting, however, did not achieve the hoped-for success, on the contrary, at the Madrid Fine Arts Exhibition he found only negative comments.

  • Author: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1901

3 - Jar, Dali

The museum could only host the paintings of Dalì, another famous Spanish artist. Orcio is very particular, not so much for what it represents since it is a simple terracotta vase, called an orcio, which however has had a good success despite its simplicity.

  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Year: 1923

4 - Girl at the Window, Dali

Another important work by Dali, the Girl at the Window represents a young woman, the painter's sister, who looks out of the window to admire the view. In this painting the painter wanted to capture the observer's attention both on the woman, on the landscape, and on the interior of the house.

  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Year: 1925

5 - Cubist self-portrait, Dali

As the name of the work already indicates, it is a self-portrait of the painter made according to the current of Cubism. The predominant colors of the painting are gray and blue and in the center of the painting stands the subject holding a newspaper and a pipe.

  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Year: 1926

6 - Arlequin, Dali

Arlequin is another Dali painting, halfway between the abstract and the concrete that partly reflects Cubist art. In fact, it represents the figure of Harlequin but this is not complete and it is necessary to interpret what the real composition of the character is.

  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Year: 1926

7 - The Fall of Barcelona, ​​Corbusier

A heartbreaking work that is part of a trilogy on the civil war in Barcelona, ​​in which you can clearly see the broken bodies of the characters and the faces that express fear, both characteristic of unhappy situations such as war.

  • Author: Le Corbusier
  • Year: 1939

8 - Tertulia, Santos

The name of the work translates from Spanish as "informal meeting" and in fact the picture represents some women reading, smoking and chatting, to represent an unthinkable situation at the time when the painter painted this very current scene.

  • Author: Angeles Santos
  • Year: 1920

9 - Tertulia of the Cafe d Pombo, Solana

As in the previous painting, this work also represents a meeting in a bar but in this case it is about men drinking, smoking and discussing. A dark colored painting that conveys intellectuality and gives greater importance to the encounter between painted men.

  • Author: José Gutierrez Solana
  • Year: 1939

10 - Man with Pipe, Miro

A different and alternative work of art that, to anyone's eyes, might seem superficial. This was the precise aim of the artist, who hated conventional paints. In fact, in this painting he expressed this aversion very well with a representation oriented more to the work on the canvas than to the subject itself.

  • Author: Joan Mirò
  • Year: 1927

11 - The Great Masturbator, Dali

A painting made up of multiple elements with which Dalì wanted to express his complex personality and his obsessions, first of all that for sex as the title already suggests. This work conveys ambiguity but at the same time nothing is what it seems, so as to give a sense of harmony and balance to the scene despite the confusion that appears at first glance.

  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Year: 1929

12 - Joy of the Basque Landscape, Díaz

It is a cubist painting that represents a normal landscape formed by a path, rocks, houses and some people, one of which in a central position to take on greater importance. The colors used are soft and relaxing so much that they even manage to soften the angular shapes typical of Cubism making them softer and more harmonious.

  • Author: Daniel Vázquez Díaz
  • Year: 1929

13 - Great Prophet, Gargallo

The Great Prophet is the sculpture of a Spanish artist who was very influential in his time because he gave way to the avant-garde sculptural technique that plans to leave large spaces empty. The technique is clearly visible in the work in question, a tall structure depicting a human being with some parts of the body deliberately left empty.

  • Author: Pablo Gargallo
  • Year: 1933

14 - The Anisette Bottle, Gris

A simple and precise Cubist representation with clear reference to the artists who took part in the Cubist movement. The painting depicts a bottle of anisette with the Spanish brand Anís del Mono and the names Badalona, ​​Madrid and Paris, the cities of the artist, Picasso and Braque.

  • Author: Juan Gris
  • Year: 1914

15 - Carafe and Book, Gris

Another painting by the artist Gris, this time however it is still life with the aim of reflecting human activity. In the painting in question the chosen subjects have a rather cheerful meaning, for example the books suggest poetry to someone very close to the painter.

  • Author: Juan Gris
  • Year: 1920

16 - Guitar and Newspaper, Gris

A simple representation of a guitar and a newspaper in which the main element is the instrument. The guitar was a recurring subject in the various works of the same artist as he was fascinated by it, so much that between 1913 and 1916 it practically became his symbol.

  • Author: Juan Gris
  • Year: 1925

Hours and prices

The Reina Sofia Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and public holidays. On Sundays, however, there is a reduced opening time of two hours. As for the rates, the entrance price is € 10,00 with a reduction to € 8,00 if you buy online through the official website and the possibility of free admission based on age. Find more details below!

  • Monday and Wednesday to Saturday is open from 10:00 to 21:00 - Sunday is open from 10:00 to 19:00 - every Tuesday and on public holidays it is closed
  • Best time to avoid queues: between 10:00 and 12:00 and between 19:00 and 21:00 are the times when there are fewer visitors inside
  • € 10,00 if purchased at the entrance
  • Reductions: € 8,00 if booked online, € 10,00 with priority entrance
  • Free: under 18, adults over 65, students between 18 and 25

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance no later than 11:00
  2. Online ticket: buy your priority entrance ticket online and save time in the queue at the cash desk
  3. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit even if the ideal would be to be able to stay 3 hours

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the Reina Sofia Museum is located almost 20 minutes walk from the historic center of Madrid so it can also be reached on foot via the Calle de Atocha street, then turning onto Calle de Santa Isabel - Get directions
  • By bus: line E1 to the Atocha stop and lines 27, 34 and C1 to the Reina Sofia stop. Both stops are right next to the museum
  • By metro: Line 1 to the Estacion del Arte stop
  • By train: line 1 to Madrid - Atocha Cercanias station

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The building that now houses the Reina Sofia Museum is an ancient eighteenth-century building in which previously there was the General Hospital of Madrid, wanted by Charles III. During the renovations in the 90s, several human remains were found including three nuns in the chapel. These remains dated back to the hospital years, when there were several epidemics in the city that resulted in a large number of deaths that had to be buried in the basement. From here a legend took hold that declared the presence of ghosts in Madrid.
When the building finally became the current museum, there were two inaugurations: the first in 1992 by the Spanish royals and the second in 2005 after the important expansion of the exhibition area of ​​8.000 square meters. The enlargement work cost 97 million euros! With this large sum, three towers and elevators in glass and steel were built.
The museum also includes two other locations located, however, used only for temporary exhibitions: the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal. Still, it's worth checking out the current exhibits and checking them out!

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