Reina Sofía Museum

Full of odd angles, geometric shapes, and paint splats, it isn’t hard to guess the Museo Reina Sofía’s genre.

Spread over four floors, the collection is an ode to twentieth-century artwork, taking visitors on a fantastical tour from surrealism to movements like “situationist utopian urbanism.” The most exciting part, however, is the second floor’s cubism display. The collection is arranged by theme rather than artist, so you never know whose artwork may be around the corner.

Best things to see at Reina Sofía Museum

Beginning with the foundations of the movement at the beginning of the twentieth century, the museum has a superb collection of Miró, Gris, Braque, and more, all of which is a dramatic buildup to the most famous painting in the whole city: Picasso’s Guernica. Painted for the Spanish State in 1937, this enormous cubist masterpiece—roughly 11 by 26 feet—condemns the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by a Spanish rebel group. Since its debut at the Paris International Art Exhibition, it has become a world-famous symbol against oppression, violence, and war. Lining the Guernica room is ample documentation of the creative process, provided in large part by Picasso’s partner at the time. If you can tear your eyes away from the museum’s showstopper, look for more works by big-name Spanish masters like Dalí, Barradas, Masson, and Gargallo.

Reina Sofía Museum directions and parking

Best way to get to Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

You’ll find Reina Sofía very close to one of Madrid’s largest parks, Parque de El Retiro. Specifically, it’s on the intersection of Ronda de Atocha and Paseo de Santa María de la Cabeza. We recommend taking the subway or train to get there, since the museum is very close to two stations. The train station is Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, serviced by Altaria, Alvia, Avant, Ave, Ave-Tgv, and Intercity trains. The subway station is the Atocha stop, serviced by line 1.

 

Best parking near Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

You’ll find parking at the nearby Atocha Station on the side of Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona.

Reina Sofía Museum FAQs

How accessible is the museum?

They offer free entry for anyone with a registered disability, have elevators, braille schemes, and benches on Floors 1, 2, and 3. For more detailed information, check here.

 

Should I bring anything specifically?

The museum recommends that everyone bring a sweater even during the summer. They must keep temperatures pretty low inside the museum for preservation purposes.

 

When should I buy tickets?

While you can buy tickets in person, they are usually cheaper online.