Trabblrs will happily lose track of time when they're sucked into Madrid's golden triangle of art comprised of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Considered three of the greatest museums in the world (that's right, the WORLD), these grand temples of art will leave you up to your necks in the work of masters such as Dali, Goya, Picasso, Van Gogh, and more. Tackling these three museums in a day can be overwhelming so feel free to pick and choose where you want to go in the Comments section below!
Opened in 1992, Thyssen is a relatively new museum that was created with the most important private collection in the world. Here over 1,000 works will take you on a comprehensive tour of 13th- to 20th-century European painting. Highlights include Lichenstein's Woman in Bath and Andre Derain's Waterloo Bridge.
Next door, the expansive Prado has the largest single collection of Spanish art and is the main Spanish national art museum. With over 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, and 8,000 drawings, the Prado is an absolute monstrosity. Confused about what to see? The museum has kindly recommended a few itineraries based on how much time you want to spend roaming its halls. Do not miss Goya's Black Paintings.
Further south but more modern is the Reina Sofia, Spain's national museum of 20th century art. The museum is dedicated primarily to Spanish art but you'll still find awesome works by modern masters and prominent installation artists, including Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst.
Meeting point: Outside Thyssen's Museum Shop. The closest Metro stop is Banco de Espana on the Red / 2 Line.
Leaders, please click here for Thyssen's hours, here for Prado's hours, and here for Reina Sofia's hours.