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Museum Madrid Reina Sofia Tickets

Contemporary art lovers have an appointment at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid: I tell you how to get tickets, how much they cost and how to visit it.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

11 min read

Museum Madrid Reina Sofia Tickets

Detail of Guernica by Picasso | ©Citizen59

In 1990, what is now one of the most important museums in Spain was born. Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris, Delaunay, Yves Klein, or Francis Bacon are some of the artists of the Reina Sofía.

Buying tickets in advance and online is the most advisable option. It is not uncommon to find in front of the stairs of the museum a queue of visitors several meters long. Here are the best ways to visit the museum:

Pack Ahorro

Museo del Prado Tickets (Optional Reina Sofia Museum Tickets)

Tour the Prado and the Reina Sofia with an expert

The Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia are two must-sees in Madrid and knowing them with an expert guide will help you get the most out of your visit.

The Reina Sofia and the Prado Museum are a must for all art lovers visiting Madrid. The Spanish art tour is not complete without one of these two museums as they both cover different periods.

On a joint guided tour of the Prado and the Reina Sofia you can have access to both with an expert guide who will explain their main works.

If you have little time to visit these museums, this is a highly recommended option: the price is about $ 31 and tickets are included for both museums without queues.

If you want more information about the wonders you will find in the Prado Museum you can check this other article: Madrid Prado Tickets.

Why I like this option: with this very affordable pack you will be able to visit the two most important museums with an expert guide.

Recommended if... you want to enjoy the art of these two museums in Madrid accompanied by a guide and save time and money, as it is cheaper than if you booked both visits separately.

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Skip the Line: Art Walk Card: the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía Museum Tickets

No-queuing tickets to the three best museums in Madrid

Madrid's Paseo del Arte is home to three of its most important museums: the Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía. Discover all three saving time and money.

If you are organizing a trip to Madrid, you will know that in addition to its nightlife, its gastronomy and the history hidden in its traditional neighborhoods, there is a lot of culture and art spread among some of the most important museums in the country. The Prado is certainly a must-see, but the Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia, just a few meters from the Prado, are two other museums that have a lot to offer.

With this combined ticket to the three museums you will save time and money: on the one hand, you will be able to skip the long queues at the ticket office to get your tickets, and on the other hand, the price is much cheaper than buying the three tickets separately.

By not including a guided tour, you can visit them at your leisure, without haste and stopping as long as you want in the works that catch your attention. In addition, when entering each museum you can request an audio guide (at a separate cost) if you want to follow the recorded explanations to understand some of the galleries or works of the museum.

Why I like this option: it includes skip-the-line access to the three most important museums in the city and gives you the flexibility to visit the museums at your own pace, without having to stick to a guided tour.

Recommended if... you want to discover the best museums in Madrid at the best price.

Ticket + guided tour

Reina Sofia Museum Tickets

Tour inside the Reina Sofia Museum with an expert guide

If you want to discover the most interesting works of the Reina Sofia Museum with a specialized guide, join this guided tour.

If you want to see the museum in an hour and a half and without missing the main landmarks of its collection, I recommend this guided tour that includes a skip-the-line entrance. The experience of visiting the museum with a guide will make you discover the works in a much more intimate and personal way and, of course, learning important lessons about contemporary art.

A guided tour is worthwhile in any museum and certainly in this one even more so since contemporary art has behind it a cultural context rich in nuances that are not perceived at first glance.

With a group of no more than 30 people, the guide will tell you about the history of the museum itself, the artistic avant-garde, this period of art history and techniques such as abstractionism or cubism. Of course, you will also see the main works of the museum and then you can continue touring the museum at your leisure for as long as you want.

Why I like this option: visiting a museum with a specialized guide to help you contextualize everything you see seems essential to me, and the Reina Sofia Museum, with the amount of art it houses, could not be less.

Recommended if... you want to know what is behind the essential works of the Reina Sofia with a specialized guide.

The cheapest

Skip the Line: Ticket for the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid

The Reina Sofía, at your own pace and skipping the queues

Perfect if you want to visit the Reina Sofía museum at your own pace, without having to join any guided tour but want to skip the ticket office queues.

It is not uncommon to find a long line at the doors of the museum formed by those who have not yet taken their tickets to see the permanent collection or its temporary exhibitions and are waiting to access the ticket office.

You can save yourself the wait by reserving your tickets online for the Reina Sofia: you only have to choose the day you want to visit the museum. Once you make the online reservation of tickets for the Reina Sofia you will receive a receipt to your email to exchange for your ticket at the museum on the day chosen for your visit.

Why I like this option: this is the cheapest option to visit the museum at your own pace.

Recommended if... you want to visit the museum with the minimum budget.

How to buy tickets for the Reina Sofia at the box office

Façade of the Reina Sofia Museum| ©Son of Groucho
Façade of the Reina Sofia Museum| ©Son of Groucho

If you have not reserved your ticket you can go to the ticket office and buy it there to access directly, but you will probably have to wait in line in high season or in the central hours of the day. You will not save much by buying your ticket at the box office, but if you are going to do it, it is better to go early in the morning to visit the museum with more tranquility and fewer tourists.

What works to see at the Reina Sofia

Girl at the window by Salvador Dalí| ©Gabriela Rondon
Girl at the window by Salvador Dalí| ©Gabriela Rondon

The differences between contemporary art and classical art are remarkable: classical art tells a story or a point of view framed within a historical and cultural context. The case of contemporary art is different: it seeks experimentation, rupture and emotion. This does not mean that the works of the twentieth century do not have a context behind them; they do and they also have a series of influences. Therefore, I recommend you to go to the Reina Sofia knowing the following:

Guernica by Picasso

It is the most famous work of the museum and one of the most famous of the twentieth century. This huge canvas occupies a room of the museum and with its dimensions you can appreciate in detail the historical episode it represents. It is interesting to note how the cubist technique and black and white manage to convey a high emotional charge. If you use the audio guide, you can reserve about twenty minutes for the commentary of this painting as it presents many of the characters and elements of the canvas.

The Open Window by Juan Gris

The author of this work is considered one of the great masters of cubism. He coincided with Pablo Picasso in Paris and it was there where he developed this technique with the variant of combining different elements on the canvas to give the final sensation of collage. This work is a good example of it.

The House of the Palm Tree by Joan Miró

We usually associate Miró with surrealism, but this work is a sample that this is not the only artistic period the artist went through. La casa de la palmera belongs to one of his first stages, when he decided to become a painter while recovering from a serious illness. Although it is an ordinary landscape, one can perceive in it a certain dreamlike air that would later lead to surrealism.

Girl at the Window by Salvador Dalí

Dalí also had other more conceptual stages before plunging fully into surrealism and this supposed portrait of his sister is an example of this. He made the painting during his formative years when he was still shaping his technique and to this day it is still one of the most admired of his work.

Francis Picabia's Totalizator

In the 20th century, machines and technology had an important presence in art. Picabia, after having experimented with Dadaism, applies in this work the idea of mechanization to the sexual act using circular forms.

A world by Ángeles Santos

Avant-garde art was also dominated by men, which is why this artist was until recently unknown. This canvas, three meters high by three meters wide, is the result of the intuition of its author since, due to her condition, she did not know the new artistic currents as well as her male colleagues, perfectly integrated in the artistic circuit. To paint this picture the author said she was inspired by some verses of Juan Ramón Jiménez.

The great masturbator by Salvador Dalí

It is one of Dalí's best known paintings, who was fiercely criticized by his contemporaries for refusing to fight in the Spanish Civil War and for staying in the country afterwards during the Franco dictatorship. However, Dalí's genius was recognized by all. This work aims to reflect the transformation that the appearance of his lover Gala meant for a painter always obsessed with sexuality or sanity.

Painting (snail, woman, flower, star) by Joan Miró

In this painting we can recognize more of the surrealist profile that we associate with Miró. The joy of his previous paintings gives way in this canvas to the drama and anguish experienced during a period when fascism was on the rise throughout Europe and Spain was preparing for civil war.

Characters leaving a rock concert by Guillermo Pérez Villalta

Who has not heard of the movida madrileña? The painting of this artist from Cadiz is a tribute to this period. With a technique closer to the narrative, he incorporates figurative strokes in this work in which he represents different stereotypes or characters of the Madrid nightlife.

Woman in blue by Pablo Picasso

Picasso is best known for cubism, but we often forget that there were other stages in the artist's life. This painting, for example, belongs to his so-called blue stage, marked by the pain in which the artist is plunged after the suicide of a friend and characterized by the use of this tone in his paintings.

How to get to the Reina Sofia

Group following the explanations in front of Guernica| ©Javier Majan
Group following the explanations in front of Guernica| ©Javier Majan

The museum is located in front of the Atocha station. The main entrance is in the square renamed "Juan Goytisolo", but few know it by that name. The easiest way to get there is by metro. If you get off at the Estación del Arte metro station you can get there by going straight on from the exit and turning right a few meters away.

The surroundings of the Reina Sofia

The museum is located in one of the most central areas of Madrid, so you will find the area very lively. I recommend that you look for Argumosa street where you can enjoy a few beers in any of its pleasant terraces belonging to the traditional neighborhood of Lavapiés.

Organize your visit to the Reina Sofia Museum

Expansion of the Reina Sofia Museum| ©saia.neogaia
Expansion of the Reina Sofia Museum| ©saia.neogaia

When to go

The Reina Sofia Museum is closed on Tuesdays. On Sundays it is open from 10 am to 2:30 pm and the rest of the days it opens at 10 am and closes at 9 pm. As in the afternoons from 19 pm begins the free hours, there are usually many more people, so it is ideal to go early in the morning any day during the week. You will need about two hours to see the museum so, if you are going to take advantage of the free hours go around 18 or 18:30 in the afternoon to get in line.


The audio guide has a price of about 4.50 euros, reduced for students and groups. I recommend a first visit to the museum without it to enjoy the works in general and see what each one transmits to you without being conditioned by its context. On a second visit you can return to see the works that have most impacted you and put them in context with the information that the audio guide will give you. You will get more than one surprise.

Where to eat

There are several places to eat around the museum. One of the most legendary is El Brillante, a bar where you will be served the famous squid sandwich for which the city of Madrid is famous. However, the prices are quite high, so I recommend any other restaurant in the area; you have plenty to choose from. If you finish seeing the museum at brunch time, the museum restaurant, Nubel, is a very nice place where the brunch is very good.

Going to the Reina Sofía with children

Exhibition Hall of the Reina Sofía| ©LARS77722
Exhibition Hall of the Reina Sofía| ©LARS77722

The museum has different activities to bring children closer to both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions. Before visiting, find out how you can make the visit more accessible to the little ones of the house because you also have guides in the museum store to help you in this task.

Other interesting museums

If you want more, be sure to visit the Prado Museum. Located a few meters from the Reina Sofia, the Prado is a cultural jewel that art lovers can not miss. I tell you how in my article on Madrid Prado Tickets.

Other interesting activities in Madrid

Tourist bus in Madrid| ©Son of Groucho
Tourist bus in Madrid| ©Son of Groucho

Madrid is a big city, very well prepared for walking and touring the whole city. That's why I can't stop recommending you to take a guided tour of the city. Well, because of that and because as you may have already seen, Madrid breathes history in every corner. In this article on Madrid Tours you have all the information you need to choose the best guided tour for your trip.

And if what you prefer is to rest a little between walks, you can continue enjoying Madrid aboard its famous tourist bus. Although a priori it may seem a little 'guiri' option, it is still comfortable and practical to move from end to end from the top of the bus. Here is all the information you need to know: Madrid Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.

Frequently asked questions

  • What works of art can I see at the Reina Sofía Museum?

    The Reina Sofia's collection consists of more than 22,000 works of art, including Picasso's 'Guernica', the most outstanding paintings of Juan Gris, posters of the Spanish Civil War, Dalí's 'The Great Masturbator' and many other works of great interest.

  • How long does it take to visit the Reina Sofia Museum?

    A tour usually lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes. If after this time you are left wanting more, remember that you can stay in the museum as long as you like and explore its works of art and its temporary exhibitions of modern art.

  • Can I visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum in one day?

    Yes, you definitely can. Count on at least 3 hours for the Prado Museum for a complete tour of its highlights, and 1 hour and 30 minutes to cover most of the Reina Sofia Museum.