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
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.
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
Paseo del Prado
The massive museum is Spain's homage to art...
Paseo del Prado, 8
Palacio de Villahermosa
Masterpieces of European painting... read more
Plaza Santa Isabel, 52
General Martínez Campos 37
Painter of light's house-cum-studio... read more
Calle Alcalá, 13
Superb collection of old paintings... read more
Conde Duque 11
From barracks to a cultural centre... read more