Madrid has a vibrant cultural atmosphere. Museums, theaters and galleries show up almost in every street of the city. The royal collections are kept within the Spanish capital museums. Once you decided to visit Madrid and booked a room in Be Smart Madrid Diana Aeropuerto, take a moment to buy the tickets to visit the museum and avoid long lines. Today I will take you through the collections and the exhibits of the three best Madrid museums.
Museo del Prado
Prado Museum main building was designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1785. Its new building by world well-known architect Rafael Moneo was inaugurated in 2007. This institution began its labor under Felipe VII reign and hasn’t stop it since now a days. Museo del Prado is the world biggest paintings museum or pinacotheque. The collection has paintings done by El Bosco, El Greco, Mantegna, Rafael, Tintoretto, Durero, Velázquez, Murillo, Rubens, and Goya. The museum may result a bit tiring, check on the official web page the suggested routes for 1, 2 or 3 hours visit to the collection or try to visit just the temporal exhibit. In 2014, the museum organizes a macro exhibit about Tiziano that has been a critic success.
Museo Reina Sofía
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum originally was placed inside an old hospital facility, but it wasn’t enough space to display the 20.000 pieces collection. In 2005 the new building was inaugurated, adding extra space and a new architectural icon to the city of Madrid. The red and futuristic style new building was designed by Jean Nouvel. In 2014 the Reina Sofía Museum will show more than twelve temporal exhibit allowing visitor to taste the variety of modern art.
The Foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza is a private institution devote to art. Its museum is located in the heart of Madrid, just in over Carrera de San Jerónimo. It occupies a nineteenth century palace, called Villahermosa. The collection display shows works of Duccio, Van Eyck, Carpaccio, Lucas Cranach, Durero, Caravaggio, Rubens, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kirchner, Mondrian, Klee, Hopper, and Rauschenberg. In 2014 the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza will prepared two different temporal exhibits, one dedicated to Cezanne and the other to American Impressionist.