Reina Sofía Museum

Reina Sofía Museum

The Reina Sofía Museum, officially called Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, is one of the most visited museums in Madrid with one of the finest collections of Spanish contemporary art.

Founded in 1992, the Reina Sofía covers the periods that are not examined in the Prado Museum. The earliest work of art is from 1881, the same year Pablo Picasso was born.

The building where the museum is currently housed was previously used as a hospital, Hospital de San Carlos, constructed at the end of the 18th century.


The Reina Sofía features a large collection of paintings by renowned twentieth-century Spanish artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. The museum’s most famous composition is Picasso’s "Guernica", one of the most effective anti-war paintings in the world, although a large number of his works can be found in the Picasso museum in Malaga.

The art fans will need several hours to explore the Reina Sofía, due to its sheer size. If you are less enthusiastic about art, it will take you approximately between one and two hours to see the most renowned paintings and sculptures.

Free entrance

The museum is free to visit every Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and weekdays from 7 pm onwards, so we recommend planning your visit to El Reina Sofía during that time to make the most of your budget on other activities.


From Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm / 9 pm (depending on the season).
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm (the closing time can vary)
Tuesday: closed


Adults: 10 (US$ 10.70)
Students (less than 25 years old), youth pass, and young people (less than 18 years old): free entry.
Free entry: Monday from 7 pm – 9 pm, from Wednesday to Saturday: 7 pm – 9 pm and Sunday: 1:30 pm to 7 pm


Metro: Atocha, line 1.
Bus: Lines 27 and 34