A city rich in art history, there are plenty of opportunities to view these historic pieces while visiting Madrid. Whether you are visiting for a day or a month, it is worthwhile to visit some of these notorious museums that showcase Madrid’s finest art:
Museum del Prado:
There are more than 7,000 paintings housed in this establishment. Although around 1,500 of them are normally on display at once, you will be able to spend a whole day inside this museum. Breaking your visit up into several smaller visits will maximize your potential to see all that it has to offer.
Made up of predominantly European art, this museum showcases a private collection. You will be able to encounter a variety of artistic styles here. It is recommended that you start from the top floor and work your way down. Beginning in the 13th and 14th century, you will then make your way all the way down into the 20th century.
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia:
Here you will be able to view a collection of contemporary art. Picasso’s renowned Guernica can be seen here, one of Spain’s most famous paintings. You will also be able to view other works by Picasso as well as some by Salvador Dali. After you take in the beauty of these famous pieces, you can also view local Spanish artists’ work and learn about even more history.
Ermita de San Antonio De La Florida:
This recently restored spot is a hidden gem of Madrid. The ceilings are frescoed and stunning, a must-see. Another very special feature of this site is the burial of one of the artists responsible for the work inside; his grave is in front of the altar outside of the building. There are many breathtaking works of art that you can admire here.