¨big three¨ of Madrid´s art museums - the Prado, the Reina Sofia,
and the Thyssen-Bornemisza - stand among the greatest in the world.
as they are, these museums represent just the tip of Madrid museum experience.
of other museums, some of which focus on a particular artist or a particular aspect
of culture, also offer fascinating opportunities.
Museum of the Americas, for example, displays priceless pre-Columbian artifacts
brought back by the conquistadors of Latin America, while the Museo Arqueológico
Nacional includes a faithful reproduction of the paleolithic cave paintings at
Altamira -- right down to the the textures and contours of the stones on which
the paintings are placed.
is a partial list of some of our favorites:
Nacional Del Prado
Paseo del Prado
Tel. 913 302 800. and 913 302 900.
Fax 913 302 856.
everyone´s list of the five great art museums in the world. Great depth
in Velazquez, El Greco and Goya, but also many works by Dutch artists (then ruled
by the Spanish kings) and Italians (which also had much of its territory ruled
from Spain at the times these paintings were done).
Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Tel: 91 467 50 62 and 91 468 30 02
467 31 63
visiting, if nothing else, to see Picasso´s famous Guernica, brought
to Spain after the end of Franco´s dictatorship. Spanish artists other than
Picasso with strong representations here include Salvador Dali and Miro. Also
associated with Reina Sofia are the Palacio de Velazquez and the Palacio de Cristal
in the Retiro park.
one of the great private collections of modern times, the Thyssen was won for
Madrid after being fought over by cities throughout the world. Deep in modern
Avenida Reyes Católicos, 6
Teléfono: 91-549 26 41 and 91-543 94 37
Fax: 91-544 67 42
museum somehow manages to sweep into its displays Polynesia and scenes from everyday
Spanish life, but what makes it worth visiting are the priceless pre-Columbian
artifacts brought back to Spain during Spain´s colonization of much of the
91 577 79 12 Fax: 91 431 68 40
addition to the Altamira reproduction, this museum includes the priceless Dama
de Elche statue, along with Roman and Celto-Iberian art.
Calle de San Mateo, 13
91-448 10 71 and 91-448 10 45
Fax: 91-594 28 93
but engaging, this museum focuses on romanticism.
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37
91-310 15 84 and 91-310 17 31
Fax: 91-308 59 25
the home and gardens of the painter Sorolla, this small museum presents a wide
range of his work. The Andalucian inspired gardens, designed by the painter, are