The Museum Triangle

The big three museums of Madrid (The Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo del Prado) are all clustered together alongside Retiro Park. We visited the Prado previously during their free hours,so at other times this week we went to the other two. The first, the Reina Sofia, houses a great variety of incredible paintings, including some very interesting posters from the Spanish Civil War, some paintings done by Dalí, and the incredible “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso. Unfortunately the museum has strict photography rules, so I wasn’t able to get many pictures inside. However, it was really a terrific experience to see the huge Picasso that I’d learned about in Spanish class, and the museum also has photos of the various steps that went into completing the great work. It was so gripping to see the process of how the painting developed, and what was discarded as Picasso finished his work. 

The elevator of the Reina Sofia
The plaza of the Reina Sofia

The museum does have a beautiful interior garden as well, with a lovely fountain and trees. 

The interior garden of the Reina Sofia
The Reina Sofia’s front doors

We also went to the Thyssen-Bornemisza, which houses a lot of the other masters of paintings. There we saw works by Monet, Matisse, Dalí and Van Gogh. I am always struck by how lucky I am to be in these places, seeing these great and famous works of art that have enchanted people throughout history.

Near the museums is the Círculo de Bellas Artes, a nonprofit that houses some other great paintings inside. However, the star of the place is the roof/terrace, from which you can see a beautiful view of the city of Madrid. We had to pay an entrance fee here, but it was well worth it for getting to see the tops of the monuments we’ve been walking by the whole time we’ve been here. 

Palacio de Cibeles

It was INCREDIBLY sunny, so my apologies for squinting in the photo below. There

From the terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes

Overall, Madrid is full of some incredible works of art and I’m so grateful to have the chance to see most of them, and for free (mostly!) School starts soon, so I’m glad I took the chance now to use all these free days wisely. What is awesome though is that these museums are just a short walk from my apartment so I can visit again quite easily.

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