Review of Madrid’s museums

Madrid Museums: Prado Museum

The “Golden Triangle of Art” is home to three of Madrid’s major museums and treats tourists to masterpieces of art and architecture, located close to each other in Madrid city’s center. The Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen museums all make their home on this emblematic area of Madrid.

The Prado National Museum holds the world’s greatest collection of Spanish art. It was founded with the aim of showing the world that Spanish art is on the same level as and of equal merit to other national art schools. Visitors can view masterpieces by El Greco, Velaszquez, and Goya as well as fine examples of artists from the Flemish School, such as Van der Weyden and Heronymous Bosch. The great artists of the Siglo del Oro (Golden Century)- Murillo, Zuberon, and Ribera- are represented as well.

Created in 1988, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museumaims to involve every kind of audience and complements the Prado by showcasing what the other museum lacks. The Thyssen has works in its permanent collection fro the 13th through 20th centuries. Visitors can view works by Italian and Dutch artists, as well as works from the German Renaissance.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, housed in a renovated 18th century hospital, showcases artwork from the mid-19th century to the present. Visitors will find works by Picasso, Dali, and Miro among others. Picasso’s “Woman in Blue” and “Guernica” belong to the Reina Sofia’s permanent collection. The Reina Sofia’s library specializes in 20th centuy art and archives with over 10,000 volumes and 1,000 periodicals. The Reina Sofia frequently dedicates special exhibits to important contemporary artists.

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Other important Madrid’s Museums are:

Museo Sorolla
General Martínez Campos, 37, 28010 Madrid

Museo de Cera – The Wax Museum
Paseo de Recoletos 41. 28004 Madrid

Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Calle de Serrano, 13 28001-MADRID

Museo de América
Avda Reyes Católicos, 6 28040-MADRID

Museo del Ferrocarril
Paseo de las Delicias, 61 28045 MADRID

The Caixa Forum Museum in Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid

Museo de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano
Serrano 122, 28006 Madrid

Casa Museo Lope de Vega
Calle Cervantes 11, 28014 Madrid

Real Academia de Bellas Artes
Alcalá, 13, 28014 Madrid

Museo del Romanticismo
San Mateo, 13, 28004 Madrid

Museo Naval Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 5, 28005 Madrid

Museo del Traje
Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2. Madrid, 28040

Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas
Montalbán, 12 28014 Madrid

Fundación Juan March
Castelló, 77 – 28006 MADRID

Museo Panteón de Goya – The Goya Museum


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