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Museums and art galleries

Madrid is an exceptional meeting point for artists from every possible background, and especially Latin Americans, given that Madrid also serves as a bridge between both sides of the Atlantic. Its grand museums and dynamic cultural agenda put Madrid at the forefront of art and culture in Europe.

In the city centre, the Paseo del Arte joins three of the most important art galleries in the world. It’s said to be one of the largest concentrations of art on the planet. On this short route, the Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, as well as the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, can all be found. The Museo del Prado displays the essence of European painting from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. Here you can find famous works of art by the great masters: Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, El Bosco, El Greco and more. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía houses a large collection of contemporary art, including Picasso’s famous Guernica. Meanwhile, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is home to nearly a thousand works of art,
mostly from the 13th to the 20th century.

The Museo Arqueológico Nacional has the best collection of Spanish artifacts from prehistoric times to the modern age. The city’s plethora of temporary exhibitions should also be added to the list of cultural and artistic wealth. This selection of museums is complemented by over 100 more in the surrounding region: around 150 galleries and exhibitions which display the changes within the different worlds of art and its diverse disciplines,including photography, painting, sculpture and art installations.

Must-see attractions also include the Círculo de Bellas Artes, La Casa Encendida, the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, CaixaForum, Matadero Madrid and Casa de América, all of which have become great facilitators of culture in the region. Meanwhile, annual fairs such as the Feria del Libro de Madrid (the Madrid Book Fair), the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO) and PHoto-España also put Madrid in the national and international spotlight.The huge importance of the region’s museums is reflected in La Noche de los Museos (Night of the Museums), an event in which the main museums extend their opening hours and organise guided tours, conferences, workshops and other activities.

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