5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Visit the three museums of Madrid’s so-called ‘golden triangle of art’ on a 4-hour, skip-the-line tour! After heading past the entrance lines outside Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Reina Sofía museums, discover some of the world’s finest examples of 14-20th-century Western European art with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about genres such as Modernism and Surrealism; hear about the creative genius of Salvadore Dali, Francisco de Goya and Henri Matisse; and discover artistic showstoppers including Diego Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas,’ Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and more.


  • Half-day art tour of Madrid’s golden triangle, led by an art-loving local guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Reina Sofía museums
  • Hear the stories and history behind some of the most influential pieces of Western European artwork
  • Learn about artists such as Picasso, Dali and Matisse as well as the genres they represented
  • See masterpieces such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Picasso’s Guernica

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Madrid Art Tour of Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Reina Sofía Museums

Admire world-class masterpieces by the likes of Goya and Picasso!

Meet your guide near the Palace of Villahermosa, home to Madrid’s prestigious Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Head past the long entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket and step inside to discover one of Europe’s largest collections of private art. With more than a thousand pieces of work on display, the museum can be overwhelming, so follow your guide and scout out its highlights.

Admire Edgar Degas’ Swaying Dancer, and then gaze in wonder at the surrealistic work of Dali while learning about the artist’s distinctive style from your guide. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is also home to an array of Picasso masterpieces such as Harlequin with a Mirror — a piece that demonstrates the artist’s Modernist flair.

Leave the museum and continue with a stroll to the Prado Museum, taking in some interesting sights along the way. Pass Caixa Forum and Madrid’s Royal Botanical Gardens (Real Jardin Botanico), and then head inside the museum with your fast-track ticket. As Spain’s national museum, the Prado is reputed to hold more than 9,000 paintings as well as countless drawings, prints and sculptures. Check out delights such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas, and hear tales about Goya, a fascinating Spanish romantic painter, who created several of the Prado’s thought-provoking stunners including The Second of May 1808 and The Third of May 1808.

Continue your tour of Madrid’s triangle of museums with a short walk to your final stop! Pass in front of the wait lines to enter Reina Sofía Museum, where more exceptional 20th-century artwork awaits. Learn about the international artists represented by the gallery, and ogle works by Dali and Matisse, two surrealist painters who were friends but also rivals. Stand entranced before Picasso’s Guernica — arguably Spain’s most famous piece of artwork — and listen to stories about the iconic piece that bring the artist’s vision to life.

After four hours exploring the three museums, your tour draws to a close. If you are feeling hungry, visit one of the on-site cafes where a selection of food is available at your own expense. Then, follow your guide outside and stroll the short distance to Atocha Square, where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Susanna provided a wonderful introduction to the highlights of the museums. She was very engaging and was able to explain the importance of the work while, at the same time, addressing our questions. A terrific way to visit the museums for the first time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Extremely knowledgeable guide Elena Elvira and a pleasure to learn from.

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