The bustling capital city of Madrid has a plethora of sights to see and things to do for visitors but among the top recommendations is to make a trip to the famous art museums. With some of the top collections in the world, taking a tour through the different eras of art on display at the various museums is well worth the trip! Renfe-SNCF en Coopération’s arrival station in Madrid, Atocha, is conveniently located walking distance from the greatest art museums Madrid has to offer!
Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)
If the fact that this museum is one of the most important in the world doesn’t convince you to take a trip, then surely the different collections by Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, and many more that together create the greatest collection of Spanish art will persuade you! This museum’s art collections are based on the former Spanish Royal Collection and consist of thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings.
It is not only the inside that makes this museum so famous. The enormous, elegant building that houses the museum was commissioned in 1785 by Carlos III and is surrounded by beautiful gardens as shown in this picture making a trip to the Prado a full experience. This museum is an absolute must-see during your trip to Madrid.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Queen Sofía Museum)
This museum is home to big name artists from Salvador Dalí to Pablo Picasso to Joan Miró and many more with some of their best works on display. You will also find various pieces of surrealistic art from artists such as Francis Picabia, Óscar Domínguez and René Magritte to name a few. Every corner of this building is full with incredible pieces of art from all different eras and artists. It is also located directly across from the Atocha station where Renfe- SNCF en Coopération leaves you in Madrid!
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum)
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum together with the Prado Museum and Queen Sofia Museum form the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid. It is located on the same street as the Prado museum and was once the second largest private art collection in the world. Within the collections you can find paintings from artists such as Durero, Titan, Goya and Renoir to name a few. This incredible art gallery is popular for a reason and crucial to visit for those on a trip in Madrid!
Other must-see museums in Madrid include:
SOROLLA ART GALLERY
This lesser known museum used to be the home of Joaquín Sorolla and houses incredible ceramic works, furniture, sculptures and jewelry. The house and the paintings are full of light and a definite must-see while in Madrid!
MUSEO DE AMÉRICA
This museum is full of pre-Columbian American art that is impressionable and well worth the visit.
MUSEO DEL ROMANTICISMO
A trip to this museum will take you on a trip through the 19th century Romantic era in Spain.
MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTES DECORATIVAS
With thousands of objects of art, tapestries and furniture from Spain and China it will be sure to impress you!