Museums in Madrid

Madrid’s mega city and Spanish capital status is very evident in its vast collection of arts and archaeological artefacts. No other place on the Spanish peninsula houses such an extraordinary exhibition of works from the great masters in Spain and Europe. Dalí, Picasso, Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, Miró, Tiziano, and El Greco are only some of popular names represented in the corridors of the many museums in Madrid.

Madrid’s Big Three museums are composed of the Thyssen, the Prado, and the Reina Sofia are. This world-famous triangle of museums is strategically situated on the Avenue of the Arts (Paseo del Arte).


If you’re in the rush and only have time to visit one museum in the city, we recommend that you either go contemporary at the Reina Sofia or go classic at the Prado, whichever suits your fancy. But if possible (well, it is possible if you spend weeks in the city learning the Spanish language), you should hit up all three major museums and take advantage of what they have to offer.

We suggest you get a Paseo del Arte voucher. This will allow you a visit to each of the Thyssen, Reina Sofia, and Prado museums. It’s a very good deal as it’s valid for one year. Get a Paseo del Arte voucher at the ticket desk of any of the three museums. Novice art fans and art experts alike are sure to find a museum in Madrid that pleases.

In addition to the Big Three, you can break away from the common path to discover and explore many equally respectable museum options. These include the following: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Biblioteca Nacional/ Museo del Libro, Palacio Real, Sorolla Museum, Fundación Juan March, Museo de Aeronautica e Astronautica, Museo de América, Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Museo Arte Contemporaneo, Museo de Cera, and Museo Cerralbo.