Reina Sofía Art Center In Madrid: Practical Information

Dedicated to contemporary art, this museum is one of the most interesting and visited in Europe.
Reina Sofía Art Center in Madrid: practical information

Madrid has some of the most interesting museums in the world. On this occasion, we visited the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, one of the vertices of the Madrid Art Triangle. If you are thinking of traveling to the Spanish capital, it is an essential stop. 

Facts about the Reina Sofía Art Center

Exhibition at the Reina Sofía Art Center
Exhibition in the museum – Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / Wikimedia Commons

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) focuses on 20th century and contemporary art. A collection that includes works by such prominent artists as Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró or Salvador Dalí.

But, in addition to its extensive, varied and extremely interesting permanent collection, the Reina Sofía Art Center is the scene of exhibitions of all kinds. Therefore, visiting this museum is essential for any fan of the art world, but also for those who are not.


Patio of the Sabatini building of the Reina Sofía
Patio of the Sabatini Building – David Short / Wikimedia Commons

The Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum is located in a magnificent neoclassical building built in the 18th century by order of Carlos III. A building that was for years the General Hospital of Madrid and that today receives the name of the Sabatini building, the architect who participated in its design.

In the early 1980s, performances began there so that it could host art exhibitions, until the museum opened as such in 1992. However, shortly after it was necessary to erect a huge annex building, known as the Nouvel building, the architect in charge of its construction.

Practical information about the Reina Sofía Art Center

Now that you know more about the history of this museum, we are going to offer you some information so that you can start organizing your visit. A most interesting visit.


Interior of the Reina Sofía Museum
Museum interior – Kippelboy /

The Reina Sofía Art Center is one step away from the Atocha train station. Specifically, you will find it on Calle Santa Isabel number 52. Besides by train, you can get to the same station by metro, on line 1. And there are also many bus lines that stop nearby.

One step away you will find the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the other two vertices of the Madrid Art Triangle. And if you are in the heart of the city, walking from Puerta del Sol will barely take 20 minutes.


Unlike many other museums in Madrid, which close on Mondays, this one closes on Tuesdays. The other days, the two main buildings are open from 10 am to 9 pm. On Sundays and holidays the hours may vary, so it is advisable to consult them on their website.

On the other hand, there are days when the museum is closed. These days are January 1 and 6; May 1 and 15; On the 9th of november; and on December 24, 25 and 31.


Nouvel building of the Reina Sofía Art Center
Nouvel Building – Zarateman / Wikimedia Commons

Buying the ticket online in advance is cheaper, it costs 8 euros. If purchased at the box office the price is 10 euros. And there is a ticket that costs 15 euros and allows access to the museum for two days.

On the other hand, those under 18 and over 65 have free entry. Also students, people with a youth card, unemployed or large families, among other groups.

And, if you can’t spend a lot of money, you should know that the museum has hours in which the visit is free. Specifically, access is free every day from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., except Sundays, when the free schedule is from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Not only hours, there are also days when you do not have to pay to visit this museum : April 18, May 18, October 12 and December 6. In addition, those who have the Madrid Card will enjoy an extra discount at this and many other museums in the city.

As you can see, there is no excuse not to visit the Reina Sofía Art Center in Madrid, a contemporary art museum that will awaken your artistic streak. Do you write it down on your list of essentials?

We visit the Art Triangle in Madrid

Main photograph: Museoreinasofia / Wikimedia Commons

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