Calle Santa Isabel

52 -28012
Phone: +34. 91.774.10.41
Website: http://www.museoreinasofi

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofía

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is an organization dependant on the Ministry of Culture.
Our main aim is to encourage public access to the various manifestations of modern and contemporary art in order to increase knowledge, promote development, and favour the social communication of art
The most important function of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is to exhibit our cultural holdings in such a manner as to allow contemplation and study as well as guarantee their protection, conservation and restoration, to hold temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, to organize events and activities related to the works on display for the purposes of promotion, education and research as well as establish collaboration networks with other museums and institutions.
On September 10th 1992, their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía opened the Permanent Collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. What had previously been host to temporary exhibitions was now a true museum, with the task of looking after, increasing and exhibiting its artistic collections.
The building that is the home of the MNCARS, however, dates back many years. In 1566, during the reign of Felipe II, the idea arose of bringing the many different centres and hospices scattered around the city of Madrid together under one roof and thirty years later, during the reign of Felipe III, the first shelter was opened on Calle Santa Isabel. Other installations were then added to this shelter, including Hospital de Santa Catalina and Hospital de la Pasión, and the complex formed as a result was named Hospital General. After s... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's great painting Guernica. The Reina Sofía also has fine collections of the works of Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Julio González, Eduardo Chillida, Pablo Palazuelo, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Gargallo, Lucio Muñoz, Luis Gordillo, Jorge Oteiza, José Luis Gutiérrez Solana and many other significant artists. It also hosts a free-access library specializing in art, with a collection of over 100,000 books, over 3,500 sound recordings and almost 1,000 videos.


Location: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Ampliación 1

06-02-2007 - 07-05-2007
Chuck Close’s paintings employ the grid-dependent dispersal of neutral markmaking and clarity of process that are hallmarks of the late modernist abstraction created in the 1960s and 1970s. However, he has engaged these stratagems not in the pursuit of flat, geometry-dependent abstraction but in a full-blown revel in representational illusion. Since 1968 he has painted stunning, oversized portrait heads based upon and mediated by the neutral, mostly head-on, photographs he has taken of his subjects. This exhibition charts the panoply of variations Close has subjected his paintings to, from 1968 to 2006, in his constant challenges to his facility and in his striving to keep the making of his paintings fresh and vital.
Location: Palacio de Cristal. Parque del Retiro

08-02-2007 to 09-05-2007

Location: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Sala 17

16-01-2007 - 30-04-2007


Admission: 6,00 euros
"Carné Joven"; Student Card or international equivalents; groups from cultural or educational institutions.

Under 18; over 65, retired and unemployed persons; members of "Friends of the Museum" Association; Museum Trustees; journalists exercising their profession; National Tourism guides; personnel from museum institutions; cultural and educational volunteers.

Free for the general public:
Main building, Sta. Isabel, 52
Saturdays: 14.30 - 21.00
Sundays: 10.00 - 14.30
And on: 18 May, 12 October, and 6 December

Admission is also free to "Espacio UNO", the Library, the Shop, Café and Restaurant in the Nouvel building, and to the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal (Retiro Park).

Special Tickets
Paseo del Arte 14,40 euros
Valid for one year, this combined ticket allows one visit to the Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen and the MNCARS.

Tarjeta anual múltiple 36,06 euros
Valid for one year, this pass allows unlimited visits to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museo Nacional del Prado and other state museums belonging to the Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales.

Opening hours

Main building: Santa Isabel, 52:

Mondays to Saturdays:
10.00 - 21.00

Sundays: 10.00 - 14.30

Closed on Tuesday

The days the Museum will close are the following:
December: 24th, 25th and 31th.
January: 1st and 6th.
May: 1st and 15th.
November: 9th.

Palacios de Velázquez/Cristal

October to April inclusive:
Mondays to Saturdays,
10.00 - 18.00.

Sundays and Holidays,
10.00 - 16.00.

May to September inclusive: Mondays to Saturdays:
11.00 - 20.00.

Sundays and Holidays - 11:00 - 18:00.


Wheelchair access, Wheelchairs, Museum maps, Adapted toilets, Cloakroom, Telephones. For more information please see,

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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The Children’s Workshop Programme is an activity to introduce Primary School children to art. The objective of this initiative is to arouse their curiosity for the world of art and ensure that their first encounter with the Museum is a fun experience that encourages them to return in the future.