Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Discover one of the foremost collections of 20th- and 21st-century Spanish art, including Picasso's Guernica.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

Skip the line to enter a museum which represents an intersection of spaces, objects and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

2. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

Meet your bilingual guide at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, officially inaugurated in September 1992 and named for Queen Sofía. Dedicated to Spanish art, highlights of the museum include superb collections of Spain's 3 great 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Get a close look at Picasso's "Guernica" mural-sized oil painting, regarded by many as one of the most powerful anti-war works of art in history. Get explanations in English and Spanish about 20th-century art movements, such as abstract art, cubism, surrealism and modernism. See important works by principal artists in a beautiful museum that was formerly an elegant hospital building. Take a look at the vaulted hallways, and enjoy a walk in the gardens to admire the building from the outside. Explore the hallways and galleries of the museum with your guide, and learn how and why the talented artists on display created their art. End inside the museum, where you are free to stay and explore independently. Along with stunning works from Spain, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions by international artists in its many galleries, making it one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.

Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

3. Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

Explore Madrid in comfort and convenience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. Discover Madrid's historic landmarks and its modern attractions in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two routes available: Blue Route: Historical Madrid • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Via  • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco El Grande • Catedral Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Reina Sofía  • Jardín Botánico Green Route: Modern Madrid • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour Hop-off at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to take a tour of the iconic home of Real Madrid. Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history as you explore the interactive museum and audiovisuals displays which tell the story of this footballing giant. Step into the press room, the dressing rooms, and walk along the Player’s Tunnel until you reach the pitch, where global superstars have showcased their skills for decades. Take an interactive journey aboard a replica of the official first team bus. See the wide collection of trophies that the club has accumulated over the years. Access the presidential box, the most exclusive area of the venue, and get an exclusive VIP perspective on the stadium which can hold more than 80,000 spectators. Enjoy an interactive experience which is suited to football fanatics and those with a passing interest alike.

Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

4. Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

Skip-the-line and visit 2 major Spanish museums with your private guide and discover two different collections.  Be picked up at your accommodation and head to your first stop, the Prado Museum, where you will skip-the-line and begin your private customizable tour inside. On the way, you will enjoy a brief introduction to the city, its history and culture.  Rest and recharge at lunch, which is included before visiting the Queen Sofia Museum. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable private guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters. After enjoying this personalized tour with your private guide there will be time for you to visit the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

5. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

Approach the contemporary art collection at the Queen Sofia Museum in a personalized and insightful manner. Your local guide has specialized in art history and will accompany you to the museum and give a short introduction to the tour and the city of Madrid.  Once at the museum, enjoy avoiding the queue and enter directly. Explore museum artworks, architecture, and history of the Spanish National Art Collection beginning in 1881, which is the year Picasso was born. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, along with international artists. Your guide will teach you about the dictatorship regime and help you understand the effect that it had on the artistic expression of these Spanish artists, particularly during the Second Republic in the 1930's. Learn about the bombings and suffering experienced by people in Guernica and how this event shocked Picasso.  Your guide is prepared to customize the tour to meet the needs of each guest, whether you are a visitor with a general interest or a seasoned art lover. After enjoying your personalized tour, spend time visiting the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently. You may want to reflect on the exhibits by resting your feet on a garden seat in the shady cloister or by having a coffee in a cafeteria.

Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

6. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights in the greatest contemporary art museum in Madrid. Meet your guide and avoid the long queues. Get to know the backstories of all the paintings you'll see. The Museum's permanent collection contains works from the 1900s to the present day. Today, it has more than 20.000 different artworks. Visit both the Sabatini and Nouvel buildings, the 2 parts the museum divides into. Learn about the museum's history and discover why it was created. See the Guernica rough sketches and compare them to the final work, exhibited in the Museum. Important information: please note some paintings in the program might not be available on the day of your visit due to circumstances out of the tour operator's control despite belonging to the permanent collection of the museum. In these cases, visits to these paintings will be replaced by others of similar artistic value.

Madrid: Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen Guided Tour

8. Madrid: Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen Guided Tour

See some of the best of Spanish art on this guided tour of the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Learn about the history of the Prado, the National Museum of Spain, as you admire works by Spanish masters from the 16th to 19th centuries. View some of Spain’s finest 20th-century works of art at the Reina Sofía Museum, including paintings by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Finish your tour at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the third leg of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art. See works by the Italian Primitives, alongside paintings by Impressionists, Expressionists, and other 20th-century European and American movements.

Madrid: Prado & Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Madrid: Prado & Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Begin at the Prado Museum, one of the most visited monuments in Madrid, and not just because of its breathtaking neoclassical facades. Built in the late 1700s, the Prado began showcasing art in the early 1800s. Predominantly featuring paintings, it also has sculptures and prints among thousands of works dating from the 1200s. The most famous pieces include “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Spanish-born Velázquez and “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” a triptych from Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The Prado also houses the largest collection of Italian masterpieces outside of Italy, featuring works like “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico and “David and Goliath” by Caravaggio. With your expert guide, you’ll hear all about the stories and scandals behind artists such as Goya, Rembrandt, El Greco and others. Next, enter the Reina Sofia Museum, housing one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. In the 1990s, a former hospital was renovated and turned into the Reina Sofia, home to 20th century art mostly from Spanish artists. Your expert guide will discuss the various artistic movements on display here, including abstractionism, cubism, surrealism and modernism. You’ll learn all about Spain’s most famous artistic export, Pablo Picasso, while standing in front of his world-changing painting, “Guernica.” You’ll see works by Joan Miró, like “The Man with a Pipe,” as well as Salvador Dali’s “Face of the Great Masturbator,” learning about the techniques and stories behind these sometimes offbeat works of art. Your guide will situate all of these works in their larger social and political contexts, allowing you to understand how events like the Spanish Civil War shaped these artist lives and works. By the end, you’ll have experienced one of Spain’s, and the world’s, most exquisite collections of contemporary art, which no trip to Madrid should go without.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

10. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

Explore the Reina Sofía Museum, also known as the Queen Sofía Museum, at your own pace on this dedicated private tour. Admire, and learn first-hand information about Spanish artists' Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró's renowned surreal art from your professional guide. Continue your tour through the museum's historical halls, and find yourself face to face with one of Pablo Picasso's most well-known works, Guernica, considered by art critics as one of the most moving anti-war paintings in history. Finish your tour by immersing yourself in Madrid's so-called Golden Triangle of Art, where the museum sits alongside two other world-famous art galleries, the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

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What people are saying about Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,594 reviews

We moved quickly from gallery to gallery, because there is SO much to see. Our tour guide was armed with many interesting insights and helped us understand the context of the paintings. She gave us nearly an hour to explore the Prado on our own before we walked over to the Reina Sofia Museum.

Being a world traveler this was the most confusing museum ever. And looking at other visitors they felt the same. Not a place I will go back too.

Overall just an easy experience. Tickets were easily scanned… skipped any kind of line that was there.

Our guide was excellent and the tour was really informative. Our whole group loved this tour.

Easy access to extraordinary collection of contemporary art.