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Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Critics' choice
Museums

This undervisited museum is in fact one of Madrid's most important and oldest permanent artistic institutions (it was founded in 1794). The eclectic...

C/Alcalá 13
Major venue

Museo del Prado

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Housed in a gigantic neo-classical building begun by Juan de Villanueva for King Charles III in 1785, the Prado is Madrid's best-known attraction. Charles...

Paseo del Prado s/n
Major venue

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Occupying an immense, slab-sided building, the Reina Sofía boasts an impressive façade with glass and steel lift-shafts, designed by British architect Ian...

C/Santa Isabel 52
Major venue

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

When the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened in 1992, Madrid added the second point to its 'Golden Triangle'. The private collection of the late Baron...

Palacio de Villahermosa
Major venue

Palacio Real (Palacio de Oriente)

Critics' choice
Attractions

Commissioned by Philip V after the earlier Alcázar was lost to a fire in 1734, the Royal Palace is rarely used by the royal family, and many of its 3,000...

Plaza de Oriente
Major venue

Real Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Critics' choice
Attractions

The convent of the Descalzas Reales ('Royal Barefoot Nuns') is the most complete 16th-century building in Madrid and still houses a cloistered community. It...

Plaza de las Descalzas 3
Major venue

Teatro Real

Critics' choice
Music

Shaped like a compressed oval, the interior of the city's opera house is breathtakingly ornate compared with its sombre façade, and one of the most...

Plaza de Isabel II
Major venue