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Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

1. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

Meet your bilingual guide at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, officially inaugurated in September 1992 and named for Queen Sofía. Dedicated to Spanish art, highlights of the museum include superb collections of Spain's 3 great 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Get a close look at Picasso's "Guernica" mural-sized oil painting, regarded by many as one of the most powerful anti-war works of art in history. Get explanations in English and Spanish about 20th-century art movements, such as abstract art, cubism, surrealism and modernism. See important works by principal artists in a beautiful museum that was formerly an elegant hospital building. Take a look at the vaulted hallways, and enjoy a walk in the gardens to admire the building from the outside. Explore the hallways and galleries of the museum with your guide, and learn how and why the talented artists on display created their art. End inside the museum, where you are free to stay and explore independently. Along with stunning works from Spain, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions by international artists in its many galleries, making it one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights in the greatest contemporary art museum in Madrid. Meet your guide and avoid the long queues. Get to know the backstories of all the paintings you'll see. The Museum's permanent collection contains works from the 1900s to the present day. Today, it has more than 20.000 different artworks. Visit both the Sabatini and Nouvel buildings, the 2 parts the museum divides into. Learn about the museum's history and discover why it was created. See the Guernica rough sketches and compare them to the final work, exhibited in the Museum. Important information: please note some paintings in the program might not be available on the day of your visit due to circumstances out of the tour operator's control despite belonging to the permanent collection of the museum. In these cases, visits to these paintings will be replaced by others of similar artistic value.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

3. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour with Skip-the-Line

Approach the contemporary art collection at the Queen Sofia Museum in a personalized and insightful manner. Your local guide has specialized in art history and will accompany you to the museum and give a short introduction to the tour and the city of Madrid.  Once at the museum, enjoy avoiding the queue and enter directly. Explore museum artworks, architecture, and history of the Spanish National Art Collection beginning in 1881, which is the year Picasso was born. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali, along with international artists. Your guide will teach you about the dictatorship regime and help you understand the effect that it had on the artistic expression of these Spanish artists, particularly during the Second Republic in the 1930's. Learn about the bombings and suffering experienced by people in Guernica and how this event shocked Picasso.  Your guide is prepared to customize the tour to meet the needs of each guest, whether you are a visitor with a general interest or a seasoned art lover. After enjoying your personalized tour, spend time visiting the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently. You may want to reflect on the exhibits by resting your feet on a garden seat in the shady cloister or by having a coffee in a cafeteria.

Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

4. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums Guided Tour

5. Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums Guided Tour

Enjoy the best of the permanent collections at the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofía museums in Madrid on a 5-hour guided tour. Start at the Prado Museum and admire paintings by Tiziano, Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, and others. Continue your tour at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and see works by Impressionists such as Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Take in the Pop Art and Dadaism collections, featuring works by Roy Lichtenstein and others. Finish at the Reina Sofía Museum. Admire Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and works by Salvador Dalí.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

6. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Private Tour

Explore the Reina Sofía Museum, also known as the Queen Sofía Museum, at your own pace on this dedicated private tour. Admire, and learn first-hand information about Spanish artists' Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró's renowned surreal art from your professional guide. Continue your tour through the museum's historical halls, and find yourself face to face with one of Pablo Picasso's most well-known works, Guernica, considered by art critics as one of the most moving anti-war paintings in history. Finish your tour by immersing yourself in Madrid's so-called Golden Triangle of Art, where the museum sits alongside two other world-famous art galleries, the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

7. Madrid: Prado and Reina Queen Sofia Museums Private Tour

Skip-the-line and visit 2 major Spanish museums with your private guide and discover two different collections.  Be picked up at your accommodation and head to your first stop, the Prado Museum, where you will skip-the-line and begin your private customizable tour inside. On the way, you will enjoy a brief introduction to the city, its history and culture.  Rest and recharge at lunch, which is included before visiting the Queen Sofia Museum. During your tour of the Queen Sofia Museum, your knowledgeable private guide will introduce you to the works of some of Spain’s most influential painters. After enjoying this personalized tour with your private guide there will be time for you to visit the temporary exhibitions or re-visit a specific artwork independently.

Madrid City Bus Tour and Reina Sofia Museum Ticket

8. Madrid City Bus Tour and Reina Sofia Museum Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Accompanied by a local expert guide, begin your 2.5-hour tour at Ferraz St. Pass through Gran Vía street, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Mayor street, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá until the Bullring. Visit Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Reina Sofia Museum. See the masterpieces of famous artists including Gaudí, Miró, and Picasso. 

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

9. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

In the 1990s, a former hospital was renovated and turned into the Reina Sofia, home to 20th century art mostly from Spanish artists. Your expert guide will discuss the various artistic movements on display here, including abstractionism, cubism, surrealism and modernism. Learn all about Spain’s most famous artistic export, Pablo Picasso, while standing in front of his world-changing painting, “Guernica.” You’ll see works by Joan Miró, like “The Man with a Pipe,” as well as Salvador Dali’s “Face of the Great Masturbator,” learning about the techniques and stories behind these sometimes offbeat works of art. Your guide will situate all of these works in their larger social and political contexts, allowing you to understand how events like the Spanish Civil War shaped these artists lives and works. By the end, you’ll have experienced one of Spain’s and the world’s, most exquisite collections of contemporary art, which no trip to Madrid should go without.

Madrid: Landscape of Light & Prado Museum (Language Options)

10. Madrid: Landscape of Light & Prado Museum (Language Options)

Meet your guide and fellow art lovers then set off on a walk through Madrid’s vibrant Landscape of Light, recently acknowledged UNESCO World Heritage Status. The tour begins at the famous Puerta de Alcalá, where the author of El Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes, was born. From here, follow your guide to some of the city’s most iconic artistic locations, including Cibeles Fountain, El Retiro Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and more. At the end of your guided tour, receive your skip-the-line tickets to the popular Prado Museum. Inside, find your own way through this impressive labyrinth of art which houses masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Hieronymus Bosch, and Francisco Goya to name but a few. If one museum is simply not enough, upgrade your experience with tickets to the museums of Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza too. Here, find artwork from Picasso, Caravaggio, Juan Gris, and more. By the end of the day, you will have a better understanding and appreciation for Madrid’s art scene and for art itself.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 377 reviews

Very interesting explanations that led me to enjoy cubism and surrealism quite a bit more than I used to. The guide also did a great job of putting art works in their historical context, and also offered alternative interpretations aside from the ones she was presenting as her own. I am amazed at how well she handled a bilingual group and alternated between Spanish and English, and didn't feel that we got less information than I would have expected in a monolingual group (she did speak fast and with enthusiasm, and the tour was a bit longer than expected, which are all good things). When I saw that I was in the English-speaking minority I had worried that we would get hurried comments, but this was not the case, and when she was speaking Spanish I took those opportunities to look at other paintings or review those we saw.

Enrique, was absolutely great! We are a family with 2kids and he tried to make our visit "easy" & interesting for kids! Highly recommended!!!

Enrique was very known and passionate about art, gave us an excellent introduction to Spanish art.

Our guide was so enthusiastic and informative, she was a pleasure!

Great tour with Enrique. He was smart, entertaining and funny