The guided tour takes place at 12.45 every day except Tuesday when the museum is closed.
The museum is open 10am-9pm, but closes early on a Sunday at 7pm.
1 hour 15 minutes
What It Is
The Reina Sofia museum is one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art housing over 21,000 works. It has dedicated itself primarily to Spanish art and includes collections from Spain's three greatest 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro.
The museum does have some works by non-Spanish painters such as works by Pierre Bonnard, Vasily Kandinsky, and Diego Rivera.
. The museum was officially inaugurated in September 1992, being named after Queen Sofia.
The building has a new part and an old part, the old part is a former 18th century hospital which still contains some elegant original architecture features - Admire the vaulted hallways at the same time as admiring the artworks!
Your Experience With Reina Sofia Arts Center: Skip The Line
Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the world-famous Reina Sofia National Art Museum. A knowledgeable and passionate art historian will give you a guided tour around the highlights of the museum in both English and Spanish, the tour generally lasting an hour and a half. You will gain valuable and interesting information about the paintings you are seeing and background information on the artists.
See the highlight of the museum; Picasso's 'La Guernica " as well as paintings by iconic Spanish artists Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro.
Learn about the 20th-century art movements such as surrealism and cubism.
At the end of the guided tour you are free to explore the museum more on your own, at your own pace, perhaps choosing to revisit some paintings to spend more time admiring them, or heading off to other areas of the gallery to see more works of art, including the sculptures that are on display.
What Reina Sofia Arts Center: Skip The Line Includes?
Skip-the-line entrance fee to Reina Sofia Art Museum with a 1.5 hour guided tour given by a bilingual tour-guide (English and Spanish) who is knowledgeable and passionate about the artworks you will see.
View the museum's must-see paintings on this 'highlights " tour. Your guide will boost your knowledge on 20th-century Spanish art discussing abstractionism, cubism, surrealism, and modernism.
After the tour you are free to browse the museum more, exploring at your own pace to see what else the museum has on display - Don't miss out on seeing the national and international temporary exhibitions!
Things Before Go
The museum organizes work by theme so have an idea of what you want to see and then ask the guide for directions at the end of the tour if you have not already covered what's on your own 'to see " list.
Be aware that backpacks will have to be stored in a locker.
Admire the architecture of this historic building from the outside with a walk around the gardens, there's also a cafe.
Photos are allowed in permitted areas only, no photos are allowed of Picacco's 'La Guernica".
Pick up a map - It's easy to get lost in this museum!
Is It Suitable for Me?
A must-do if you enjoy modern art and want to see some of the top works by Spanish artists Picasso, Dali, and Miro.
Suitable for people who want a deeper understanding about the paintings and the painters from a passionate art-historian guide. You'll have the chance to explore the museum further on your own after the tour.
The museum is family-friendly but kids might get bored on the guided tour - Best for the art-loving adults!
Visitors talking about this tour on TripAdvisor, Viator, and Getyourguide give the museum a great write-up with near top marks for the service, value for money, organization, and safety.
On GetYourGuide people report that their guide was terrific, very knowledgeable and also passionate about art and the museum. They say the tour was informative yet also entertaining, the guide managing to keep the group engaged throughout the tour.
The following remarks describe how pleased the majority of visitors were with their visit, they say it was 'Excellent, Very Interesting', 'A must for any Picasso aficionado', 'An Awesome Tour " and 'Very Worthwhile".
A few people were unhappy remarking about the price and saying that their guide was unable to go off-script when asked questions, people also noted that it would be better to do the guided tour in 2 separate groups with English or Spanish, not both languages together.
Best Times to Visit
Stay after the guided tour has finished (and most people have left) to explore the museum at your own pace. The quietest time to visit is 3pm-5pm.
Picasso's famous anti-war oil painting, 'La Guernica".
Dali's 'Enigma of Hitler".
Dali's 'The Great Masturbator'
Modern art covering surrealism, cubism, abstractism, and modernism by Spanish painters including Picasso, Dali, Miro, Chillida, Gargallo, Gonzalez, Gordillo, MuAnoz, Oteiza, Serrano, and TA pies.
Sculptures including a bust of Picasso by Pablo Gargallo.
National and international temporary exhibitions.
Address / Pick up Location
Meet your guide outside the Reina Sofia museum, in front of the tall statue next to the entrance.
The museum is located at Calle de Santa Isabel, 52.