Monday, January 10, 2011

The Reina Sofia Museum

The Reina Sofia is Spain’s national museum of modern art and home of Picasso’s Guernica. Housed in a former palace and a mere 5 minute walk from the Prado Museum, you will find here masterpieces by both Spanish and foreign artists such as Dali, Miro, Tàpies, Ernst, Bacon and Van Gogh. Usually there are a number of temporary exhibitions in addition to the main collection at addition entry charge. Even on its busiest days, the Reina Sofia still feels light and spacious. The building has a delightful courtyard garden, which makes a pleasant place for a quick break. We also recommned the views from its very stylish glass exterior elevators. Free entry Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday, but it can get very crowded.

Web: (details of temporary exhibits here)
Address: Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, s/n. Madrid, Metro Atocha (L1).
Open: Monday to Saturday: from 10:00 to 21:00; Sunday: 10:00 to 14:30.
Closed: Tuesdays; Jan. 1 and 6, May 1 and 15, Sept. 9, Dec. 24, 25 and 31
Entrance: General admission 6€, although some discounts may apply. Temporary exhibition entry: 3€. Free entry after 19.00 on weekdays, after 2.30pm on Saturdays, all day Sunday and on some public holidays.

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