Art Museums/Galleries in Madrid

Say the word 'Madrid' and art museums will invariably pop into mind. It's only natural since the Spanish capital is one of the world's major art meccas with some of the most incredible historical and contemporary collections of Spanish and international art today. In fact, the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofía Museums are known as the Golden Triangle of Art.

The Prado Museum is Madrid and Spain's 400 pound gorilla. Any discussion of art museums must begin with a mention of the Prado and its magnificent collection of European art. You could easily – and happily – spend days wandering its galleries, but don't miss Hieronymus Bosch's triptych The Garden of Delights.

The stately Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum houses a very fine European art collection, including Renaissance, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist works.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid's primary destination for contemporary art. But if you could only see one thing there, make sure it's Pablo Picasso's large-scale painting Guernica.

The Costume Museum (Museo del Traje) is a top-notch place to see Spanish historical, folk, and regional dress as well as haute couture gems. The collections span early Iberian dress up to the 1990s. And like a mirror, you can trace historical developments in Spain through the changes in Spanish dress. Of special interest is the display dedicated to Madrid's majo style.

The Museo Sorolla is the former home and studio of Joaquín Sorolla, who is often called Spain's Impressionist painter. The museum houses his luminous paintings and portraits, and provides a glimpse into his life.

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

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Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
Paseo del Prado

The massive museum is Spain's homage to art...
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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Paseo del Prado, 8
Palacio de Villahermosa

Masterpieces of European painting... read more

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Plaza Santa Isabel, 52

20th-century masterpieces... read more

Museo del Traje

2 Avenue Juan de Herrera

Period Clothing... read more

Museo Sorolla

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General Martínez Campos 37

Painter of light's house-cum-studio... read more

Casa Encendida (La)

Ronda Valencia 2

Art Lover's Haven... read more

Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Fine Arts Museum)

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Calle Alcalá, 13

Superb collection of old paintings... read more

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

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Serrano 122

Magnificent Work of Art... read more

Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

Calle de Montalbán 12

Ideas to Decorate Your Home... read more

Cuartel del Conde Duque

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Conde Duque 11

From barracks to a cultural centre... read more
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