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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 Nacional de Artes Decorativas

Art, Museums

The Decorative Arts Museum houses more than 15,000 objets d'art, furniture and tapestries from all over Spain, plus many from China. One of the most prized...

C/Montalbán 12

Museo Romántico

Art, Museums

The Romántico contains a charming collection of furniture, paintings, ornaments, early pianos and other pieces that evoke the Romantic period of...

C/San Mateo 13

Museo Sorolla

Art, Museums

Often considered a neo-Impressionist, Valencia-born Joaquín Sorolla was really an exponent of 'luminism', the celebration of light. He was renowned for his...

Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37

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

Museo Tiflológico

Art, Museums

Owned and run by ONCE, the organisation for blind and partially sighted people, this special museum presents exhibitions of work by visually-impaired...

C/La Coruña 18
Free

Oliva Arauna

Art

Another empress of contemporary art, Oliva Arauna has a taste for large, bold, challenging photographs and slick minimalist sculpture. A small but...

C/Barquillo 29

Palacio de Liria

Art, Attractions, Museums

This sober, neo-classical palace, completed in 1783 and refurbished in the 1910s by Edwin Lutyens, is still very much the private property of Spain's...

C/Princesa 20
Free

Palacio de Velázquez

Art, Attractions, Museums

Built by Ricardo Velázquez for a mining exhibition in 1883, this pretty brick and tile building amid the trees of the Retiro is topped by large iron and...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Salvador Díaz

Art

Located just across the plaza from the Reina Sofía, this is a lovely space to browse. It's open and spacious, and shows new talents in contemporary...

C/Sánchez Bustillo 7

Sen

Art

Sen is another Movida-related gallery, and helped fringe artists like Costus and Ceesepe earn the respect of critics. It exhibits established and emerging...

C/Barquillo 43

Sociedad General de Autores (Palacio Longoria)

Art, Attractions

Given the extraordinary output of Catalan modernista architects such as Gaudí in Barcelona in the early 20th century, it is remarkable, to non-Spaniards at...

C/Fernando VI