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The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) is Spain's national museum of 20th century art. The Madrid museum, which is often referred to as simply "The Sofia," was named after the Spanish Queen Sofia, and originally opened its doors to the public in 1990.
Two important artists on display in the museum are Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The museum also includes works by Joan Miro, Lucio Munoz, Pablo Gargallo, Eduardo Chillida and many others.
The Sofia is easily assessable by train and metro due to its location near the Atocha train and metro station. The museum is also located near several other art museums making it an excellent museum to visit in conjunction with trips to other museums in the area. The area where the Sofia is located is often referred to as the Golden Triangle of Art for its proximity to the Museo de Prado and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Admission to the Sofia is six Euros, with free admission for those under the age of 18, over the age of 65, and retired and unemployed people. Visitors can also purchase a combined ticket that allows them to visit the three museums in the area at a reduced rate.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|