Queen Sofía National Museum
On the 10th September 1990, the King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía inaugurated the Queen Sofía National Museum with
a permanent collection which came to substitute the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art. When it opened its doors,
it stood as a modern, contemporary Spanish museum on an international scale. Nevertheless, its building has gone
through many challenges in order to achieve this goal. To date, the artistic ground exhibited there has been
Perhaps it was the transferring of Picasso's "Guernica" to the Queen Sofía for its permanent collection,
which was the decisive milestone in it now being considered one of the most important contemporary art museums
in the world.
The Queen Sofía Museum program is based on a redefinition of the function of museums, on an alternative to the
institution's historical models. Conceived to be a place that generates opportunities for sociability and
discussion in the public sphere.
The building which houses the collection was designed in the 18th century by the architect Francisco Sabatini
to be built as a hospital (San Carlos hospital), and which was later modified and extended on numerous occasions.
At one point, it was the object of urban planning which included its demolition. But,
in 1977, after much debate, this was declared an artistic historic monument.
Its geographical situation in the city (beside the Atocha roundabout) is privileged, opposite the Botanical Gardens
and close to the Prado Museum.
Between 1980 and 1988 installed a transparent lift towers which now give a modern image to the building.
In 1988, it was made a National Museum.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
* Line 1
Santa Isabel Street, 52
Phone: +34 91 774 10 00
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 h to 21:00 h.
Sunday: 10:00 h to 14:30 h.
More info about the Opening Hours: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/visita/horarios_en.html
Ticket Prices: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/visita/tarifas_en.html
- Atocha station.
* Line 3
- Lavapiés station.