The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, also known as ‘MNCARS’ or ‘El Reina’ is an art museum in the city of Madrid in Spain that displays 20th-century art. The museum was opened in September 1992 and named after Queen Sofia. The building in which the museum is held used to be a hospital in the 19th century but was closed, expanded and reopened as an art museum in the 20th century. The museum's art collection is mainly by 20th-century Spanish artists with its most famous piece of art on display being Picasso's ‘Guernica’, the museum does also display a small collection of art from international artists. The museum holds temporary exhibits and also has a library dedicated to art with over 100,000 books, 3,500 sound recordings and 1000 videos.
The museum is situated close to Buen Retiro Park, the museum is accessible by the city’s subway system with ‘Atocha’ on line 1 being its closest station.
Opening Times and Admission
The museum is open from 10 am to 9 pm every day except Tuesdays which are a day of closure, entry to the museum is 10 euros for adults with discounted prices for concessions and groups. The museum has a lengthy set of rules, it is advised to familiarise yourself with these rules before your visit.