Golden Triangle of Art

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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

The museum represents an intersection of spaces, objects and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Tickets

2. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Tickets

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has offered visitors a unique survey of the history of art from the 13th to the late 20th centuries. Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Picasso, Hopper and Rothko are among the great masters of painting whose works fascinate and delight visitors. As if turning the pages of a book, all the principal movements of art present themselves in succession and all are represented through works of breathtaking quality. Among the collection of almost 1,000 works on display, visitors can pause in the Renaissance, linger in the Baroque, discover Expressionism or enter the world of the 20th-century avant-garde movements. The history of western art unfolds before our eyes in the galleries of the Palacio de Villahermosa, which was specifically remodelled by Rafael Moneo to house the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Of private origins, this international collection that now belongs to the Spanish nation introduces us to the remarkable tastes of its two principal creators: Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947) and his son, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2002). In contrast to the Spanish royal collections with their majestic works of art, a visit to this essentially private collection offers a delightfully intimate experience. In 2004 the Collection was joined by the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, consisting of more than 200 works on deposit with the Museum that complement the styles and genres already present in the Permanent Collection. Accessible, dynamic, ground-breaking, sustainable and with the highest standards of visitor services, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza focuses on all sectors of the public, particularly young people; Temporary exhibitions, concerts, live music, workshops, film and theater together create a wide range of options aimed at all our visitors.

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Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

3. Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

The Art Walk Pass will allow you to marvel the best of Spanish art in Madrid. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the three most important museums of the capital of Spain, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. At Prado, you will learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork made between the 14th and 19th centuries. In Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum, admire the work from some of Spain’s finest 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Explore the hallways and galleries, and learn how and why these talented people created their art. After visiting the Reina Sofia, you will have a little break for lunch (not included) before you continue to the Thyssen Museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting. Given the wealth and variety of its treasures, comprising more than a thousand works of art, you should start your visit in the section that most interests you. Italian primitives, the German Renaissance, 19th-century American art, Impressionism, German Expressionism and Russian Constructivism are the most widely represented schools and movements in the museum.

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Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

4. Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

See El Retiro's most famous sites including the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as places that are not listed in guidebooks. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the main attractions in Madrid. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, walk with your guide along the Paseo del Prado until you reach the Prado Museum, which is the main Spanish national art museum. El Prado is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It's based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of painting and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. Explore one of the greatest art museums in the world without having to queue. Once you get inside, you'll be able to marvel at the incredible works of Francisco Goya, the most extensively represented artist in the collection, as well as orks by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

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Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you want your visit be complete in Madrid, you cannot miss seeing some of the world’s great masterpieces located in this museum. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. The collection hosts thousands of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures to be discovered by the visitors. Don't miss the most important ones - the visit will be focused on Durero, Fra Angélico, El Bosco, Tizziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Goya.

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Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

6. Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2 or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. Discover the green lungs of the city in the heart of its arts and museum district. Cycle a green oasis in the heart of the city, and glide gracefully down the "Barrio de las Letras" (Literature Quarter). Learn more about some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to the Prado Museum via Calle de las Huertas. Admire the façade of Spain’s temple of Spanish art and pass through the Prado promenade, where you'll find the art triangle. See one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid as you pass the Iglesia de los Jerónimos. Once inside the park, discover a lovely pond, a crystal palace, and a monument to the “Fallen Angel” one of the only sculptures of the Devil. Apart from its monuments, Retiro Park is an ideal place to experience an electric bike. As you depart the park, pass over the largest street of Madrid and see sights such as Alcala Gate, Cibeles Palace and Puerta del Sol in the true heart of the city.

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Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Accompanied by a local expert guide, begin your 2.5-hour tour at Ferraz St. Pass through Gran Vía street, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Mayor street, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá until the Bullring. Visit Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

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Madrid: 3-Hour XXL Segway Tour

8. Madrid: 3-Hour XXL Segway Tour

Explore the historic center of Madrid in the company of a local guide on a 3-hour Segway tour from Plaza de España to the urban oasis of El Retiro park. Meet your guide by the statue of Cervantes on Plaza de España. Then, following a short training session on how to operate the self-balancing vehicles, glide through the city streets of the old city center. Marvel at buildings built during the reign of the Hapsburg rulers. The itinerary eventually leads to the Paseo de Prado, famous for its “Golden Triangle” of world-class museums. Enter the vast urban park of El Retiro. Declared an area of “Bien de Interés Cultural,” the dense, tree-lined avenue of the Paseo de Prado is one of the oldest urban areas of the city with sights such as the Reina Sofia Museum, Bolsa de Madrid (Stock Exchange), and Congreso de los Diputados (National Congress).

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What people are saying about Golden Triangle of Art

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,315 reviews

It was great not having to cue for Reina Sofia. We went straight through the door, they scanned our tickets and we were in. Reina Sofia itself is a great museum and the way they exhibit new and old pieces together was very inspiring.

Unguided so didn’t have to wait for anyone to not show up. Easy in and enjoyed seeing Guernica.

Easy to follow along on bilingual tour Steady pace with time to sight see

Excellent survey of European Paintings Good cafeteria and nice personnel

Easy online purchase of tickets so we did not have to wait in line.