The Prado is one of the world's greatest museums with a rich collection of artwork that began with the Habsburg monarchs. Spanish art is incredible in its passion and content and, as does the culture, it relays the message of the times. Its collection includes works by Velazquez and de Goya, two of the greatest artists not only in Spain, but in the world. The museum is large and your guide will direct you to the most important pieces of the collection.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is stunning and houses an outstanding contemporary art collection. Among the famous pieces you will see is Picasso's Guernica which has its own room. What is wonderful is that Guernica, which has not always lived in this museum, was moved here and now puts many other artworks also created for the Spanish Pavilion in Paris in 1937 into context. Pieces by Miro, Salvador Dali, and Juan Gris are part of this moving collection in a splendid building. You may want to include the photography of Spain taken in the 1950s by Brassai for Harper's Bazaar, so interesting when you view them in the country they portray.
Finally, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, a private collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. The Villahermosa Palace, the location of this collection, is one of the most important buildings in Madrid’s repertoire of palatial architecture. Its origins date from the early 17th century. The Thyssen fills the historical gaps in its counterparts' collections. With over 1,600 paintings, the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection. The museum was opened in 1992 after an agreement was reached between the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Spanish government. Here you will see many recognizable artists, including Titian, Goya, Caravaggio, VanGogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne, along with more Spanish artists that will become familiar during your tour.
Departures: 09:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Tour cost includes "Skip-the-Line" nonrefundable admission ticket per person, which includes all 3 museums. They are non-refundable if the tour is confirmed and then cancelled before the 2-week period. Once the tour is confirmed, $39 USD per person is non refundable.
- Food, beverages, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour. You will have time to stop for lunch and/or coffee during the day.
- Please dress comfortably as you will be walking between museums.
- If you choose to move between the museums by taxi, the cost is additional.
- The order of the museums may be changed.