Queen Sofia Arts Center

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About Queen Sofia Arts Center, Madrid

16th century onwards, this was a big old hospital, and it became bigger and more sprawling as needs expanded. There was talk of tearing it down, but a 1977 decree declared the building a National Historic Monument. Today, it’s one of Europe’s top centres of 20th century art, and a half bad centre of 19th century art. Other exhibits are just as excellent – these include a photo collection of the Spanish Civil War. Masters represented here include all the greats - Dali, Picasso, Miro and Guernica.

The bookshop has some excellent collections. The cafe is nice. The restaurant is yummy, if pricey. The most popular painting here is Picasso’s Guernica. The museum creates a strange vibe – it’s drab ancient form contrasts with the vivid artwork.

Queen Sofia Arts Center Tickets Prices

  • EUR 4.50 for the audio guide.
  • You might be eligible for reduced admissions.
  • Free 7:00 pm-9:00 pm from Monday to Saturday.
  • Free 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Sundays.

How To Get To Queen Sofia Arts Center by Public Transport

  • By Metro: Line 1 stop Atocha

Restaurants Near Queen Sofia Arts Center

  • Restaurant at the museum
  • Samarkanda
  • McDonald’s

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Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Phone: +34-917741000

Ticket Price: 8 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

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  • Loved it. Great selection of modern art by Dali, Miro, Picasso and many others. Good views from the terrace and a reasonably priced cafe outside with funky furniture to lounge on. Well worth a visit.

  • One of the most prominent and vital museums in Madrid. Its permanent collection of Spanish art is fantastic and the temporary exhibits change constantly. Here's a secret: it's free from 7-9pm. If you don't know, now you know.

  • The Guernica exhibit is worth the visit, but the museum also offers a fascinating collection of other Modern artists. Each room is curated into a theme, style, or period, which adds to the educational experience of walking through. They offer laminated information sheets in each room, which felt a little homespun and some of the translation was iffy. Permanent plaques on the walls, like they have at the Prado, seems more appropriate. We took advantage of the interior courtyard as a meeting spot, and it's great to be able to come and go all day with your ticket.

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  • Amazing museum of modern art. Not only the permanent collection (take at least 3 hours to really enjoy them), but also the events. Navigation is sometimes difficult and the thematic rooms lack of written explanations. But the real problem here is the behavior of some tourists : noisy, they take selfies in front of the pieces, even if it's forbidden.

  • The pieces displayed in the permanent collection are astoundingly beautiful, but the place itself leaves little room to enjoyment. The extremely cold rooms and lack of seats make it hard to take your time and observe the works of art. The building itself is also very lovely, if a bit maze-y, and the inner garden is gorgeous.

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