When one hears the term “arts mecca,” images of New York, Paris or Florence often come to mind. Add Madrid, Spain’s capital city to that list. Between its large museums and smaller galleries, Madrid is a major player in the art world. For some of the best museums in Europe, head to the Paseo del Arte (Avenue of Art), home of the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Museo Centre de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza museums.
Museo Nacional del Prado: One of the most famous museums in Spain, the Prado houses an impressive collection of European art (with an emphasis on Spanish art), from the 12th century to the early 19th century. The collection began as the Spanish Royal Collection and has since expanded. The Prado hosts special expositions throughout the year.
Museo Centre de Arte Reina Sofia: One of Europe’s premier modern art centers, the Reina Sofia houses a diverse collection that is organized chronologically and divided into four categories: Historical Avant-Garde Movements, The Triumph and Failure of Modernity, Change in Paradigm, and Contemporary Art. The Reina Sofia is committed to supporting contemporary artists in many genres, including the performing arts. In addition, Reina Sofia is recognized for its educational programs that help to make art accessible to a wide audience, spanning all age groups, nationalities and social classes.
Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza: The comprehensive Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza houses a fascinating collection of international art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. There are about one thousand works on display at any offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. The nearly one thousand works on display, span periods and schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art.