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Art Lover’s Guide to Madrid

Art Lover’s Guide to Madrid

Madrid is an art lover’s dream. From the Golden Triangle (and some of Spain’s most important museums) to community spaces and street murals, here are some options for making the most of your art-filled visit to the Spanish capital.

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) - Spain’s primary national art museum

With its vast collection of European paintings—from Bosch and Titian, to Goya and Velázquez—the Prado can be overwhelming. Opt for a guided tour of the museum’s highlights so you don’t get lost in the thousands of works. 

Reina Sofia Museum (Museo Reina Sofia) - A celebration of 20th-century art

Go to this modern art museum to see world-renowned works such as Picasso’s Guernica, one of the artist’s most revered paintings. Tours of the primarily Spanish collection offer a helping hand in decoding esoteric works of abstractionism, cubism, and surrealism.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) - The Old Masters

Showcased in the Villahermosa Palace on the Paseo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s collection displays European art dating from the 13th century to the late 20th century. To avoid the crowds at this busy museum, book a skip-the-line tour before you arrive.

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) - Spanish art in a royal setting

An ornate rococo building, the Royal Palace features a robust collection of paintings and numerous ceiling frescoes. Choose an early-access tour to beat the crowds at this popular attraction, or purchase a skip-the-line ticket if you want to browse the art on your own.

El Campo de Cebada and La Tabacalera de Lavapiés - Street art

From vibrant graffiti to commissioned murals, Madrid has a long-standing culture of street art. Don’t miss the La Neomudéjar creativity center (housed in a disused power plant) and La Tabacalera de Lavapiés (a former tobacco factory transformed into a cultural center). Art tours are the best way to see both, with a guide to lead the way.

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Royal Palace of Madrid Monolingual Guided Tour with Fast Track Access
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Royal Palace of Madrid Monolingual Guided Tour with Fast Track Access

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Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 1.5-hour guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Reina Sofia Museum Guided Tour in Madrid
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Reina Sofia Museum Guided Tour in Madrid

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Delve into Spanish art on a guided tour of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. With a group of no more than 30 and a guide whose specialism is art-history, explore the museum’s vaulted hallways to discover works by Picasso, Dalí and more. Learn the history behind influential works such as ‘El Guernica,’ and learn about the modern period of artwork and the differing artistic styles.
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Private Tour: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

Private Tour: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

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Get up close to masterpieces like Degas’ ‘Swaying Dancer’ and Picasso’s ‘Harlequin with a Mirror’ with pre-paid skip-the-line entrance tickets to Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Head straight to the front of the queue and enjoy a 1.5-hour private tour of the museum’s best bits, including works by Cezanne, Dalí, Monet, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Gogh.
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Private Tour: Reina Sofia Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

Private Tour: Reina Sofia Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

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Be inspired by artists like Picasso, Joan Miró and Dalí as you browse one of Madrid’s most impressive collections of modern art at the Reina Sofía Museum. This 1.5-hour private tour includes skip-the-line entrance, so you can dodge the queues and make the most of your time with your private guide. Learn about Spain’s most important 20th-century artists, discover local artists like Juan Gris and see Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica.
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Street Art Guided Tour in Madrid

Street Art Guided Tour in Madrid

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Get a dose of Madrid’s ‘bleeding edge’ street art culture during this investigation of the city’s diverse urban art scene. Discover murals in graffiti hotspots like ‘La Neomudéjar,’ located behind Madrid’s Atocha train station, ‘La Tabacalera,’ a former tobacco warehouse that today hosts a variety street murals, and ‘Campo de Cebada,’ a hybrid public space and community art project.
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