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Madrid Paseo del Prado- Art Walk


The Paseo del Arte is in fact the axis Paseo del Prado- Atocha, which connects three remarkable museums, situated very close to one another: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum. Right by the Museo del Prado are the interesting Botanical Gardens, designed in 1781, also commissioned by king Charles III, the rich variety of flora shows many species from South America and Philipines. It is a perfect place to rest after a long visit to el Prado.

The importance of these three great galleries has unfairly eclipsed the richness and variety of the other museums of Madrid. If the traveller has the time, he or she can choose from dozens of options. Some of these include art galleries, such as the Royal Academy of San Fernando; municipal museums; and specialised museums such as the Romantic Museum, the Railway Museum, the Navy Museum, the Army Museum, the Museum of America, the National Archaeological Museum, the National Museum of Natural Sciences, etc.

Prado Museum Madrid
Paseo del Prado s/n
Metro: Banco de España (L2)
Google map location
www: Prado Museum Madrid

This Museum is considered by many experts to be the best art gallery of the world, as it has the most complete and impressive collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, and twentieth century art, with the best works from the Italian, Flemish and Spanish schools. It is in the Prado Museum where artists of the stature of Goya, Velázquez, Bosch, Rubens, Murillo, Fra Angélico, Botticelli, Titian, Rafael, Watteau, Tintorretto, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, and very many others, can be admired, along with a magnificent collection of classical sculptures. The recent extension of the Prado National Museum by architect Rafael Moneo allows more pieces of this splendid collection to be shown.
More information in our page in culture section.

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum Madrid,
Paseo del Prado, 8
Metro: Banco de España (L2), Antón Martín (L1)
www: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum Madrid

The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum stands right on Plaza Neptuno, it lodges in the old Palacio de Villahermosa at the corner of San Jerónimo and Paseo del Prado. This museum keeps maybe the world's greatest private art collection, finally donated to Spain in 1993. It has the widest variety of periods and styles, from primitive 13th century paintings to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century.
Dürer, Tintoretto, Degas, Kandinsky, Goya, Cezanne, Matisse, Dalí, Miró, Picasso, and Renoir, are just a few of the artists whose work forms part of this collection. There's a café in the basement and re-entry is allowed, as long as you get your hand stamped at the exit desk. During the summer the "Mirador Restaurant" is open in the attic, with a gastronomy characterised for being informal combined with more elaborate dishes loaded with imagination.
More information in our page in culture section.

The Paseo del Arte ends at the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum, very famous for having Picasso's Guernika, and for its collection of contemporary paintings, mainly Spanish ones. We have included this museum in the area of Atocha.

In the area you can also visit the Palacio de la Bolsa (Madrid Stock Exchange) at Plaza de la Lealtad 1, which every working day morning opens its doors to all visitors for a guided-tour within the 19th century neo-classic Palacio de la Bolsa. The tour, approximately, 60 minutes long, includes a visit to the exhibition "BME". All visitors are encouraged to ask as doubts arise, assuming a dynamic and active role.

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