Moving to Madrid: Sightseeing

When moving to Madrid, you are going to want to do some sightseeing upon arrival. One of the best places in Madrid to do this is at the Golden Triangle of Art.

Over the past 20 years, Madrid has grown into a top destination for art, especially with the formation of the Golden Triangle of Art, which is comprised of three main art museums: Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The Museo del Prado is the primary Spanish national art museum, and is centrally located in Madrid.  It has the premier collection of Spanish art, along with other European art pieces from the 12th century to the early 19th century.  Initially founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it has grown to house all types of collections and important works.  Because of its extensive collection, El Prado ranks as one of the most visited sites in the world, attracting nearly 3 million visitors per year.

Museo Reina Sofia, opened in 1992, forms the second pillar of the Golden Triangle.  Named for Queen Sofia of Spain, this museum is dedicated primarily to Spanish art.  Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali both have extensive exhibits, and smaller showcases include works by Juan Gris, Joan Miro, Julio Gonzalez, and many others.  A special feature of this museum is the free art library with over 100,000 books, 3,500 sound recordings, and nearly 1,000 videos.

Last we have the Museo Thyssen-Bornernisza, the final piece of the Golden Triangle.  Its primary role is to fill in the gaps missing from the previous two museums, though that description does not do its collection justice.  Housing over 1,600 paintings, it was once the second largest private collection after the British Royal Collection.

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