Today we would like to talk about the Paseo del Arte of Madrid, an area located in the center of Madrid where you can enjoy  works by  the most important painters in history. This triangle consists of three important museums: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

These museums can be visited together with the Paseo del Arte Card, which can be purchased through the website of any of the three museums. Please keep in mind that this card will only be provided at the museum’s ticket office where the online purchase was made. Once exchanged, you can access the museums in the order you want and without queuing. With this card you will save 20% on the rate of the three museums.

Reina Sofía Museum

It houses more than 22,400 works of Contemporary Spanish Art. The focus of the museum is El Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The museum also includes works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Juan Gris, among others.

It is located within the Ancient General Hospital of Madrid, designed of Francisco Sabatini and extended by Jean Nouvel. In addition, this museum has two offices in Retiro Park, the Velázquez Palace and the Crystal Palace, where you can find temporary exhibitions.

Address Santa Isabel, 52

The ticket is cheaper when purchased online, rather than at the box office. On Sundays, access is free from 1.30 p.m.; as well as Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Web Reina Sofía Museum

Prado Museum

Perhaps the museum with the highest national recognition; it houses the most complete Spanish painting collection in the world with works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, los Madrazo and Sorolla. In addition, it has works by the Italian and Flemish schools, paintings by Botticelli, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, El Bosco, Rubens, Dürer and Rembrandt, among others.

 

Did you know in November 2019 the museum turns 200 years?

During the Civil War, the works were protected by sandbags on the ground floor of the museum. Later, the works were transferred to Valencia and Geneva, but they returned quickly to Madrid as a result of World War II.

Address Paseo del Prado, s/n

Box offices are located at Felipe IV Street. Access is free from Monday to Saturday between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays and holidays between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Web Prado Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Located in the Villahermosa Palace, it exhibits European paintings from the Middle Ages up until the end of the 20th century. The collection belonged to Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, who loaned it to Madrid for a period of nine and a half years, when it was  then acquired by the Spanish State in 1993. Highlights include works by Jan Van Eyck, Ghirlandaio, Frans Hals, Rubens, Monet, Degas, Gaugin, Van Gogh and Picasso, among others.

Address Paseo del Prado,  8

The permanent exhibition is free on Mondays between 12 m and 4 p.m.

Web Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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