Palacio de Velázquez

This beautiful neoclassical building is an exhibition hall located in Buen Retiro Park.

TravelCurious Tip

Check the Reina Sofia website before you go to see what exhibitions will be on.

Mineral wealth

Presided over by King Alfonso XII and his wife Queen Maria Christina of Austria in 1883, the Exposición Nacional de Minería - or to give it its full title in English, the ‘National Exhibition of Mining, Metallurgical Arts, Ceramics, Glass and Mineral Waters’ - was quite an event. Aimed to promote the Spanish mining industry, it saw exhibitors from Spain and other countries display machinery, utensils and tools over 9 square kilometres of Buen Retiro Park.

The main pavilion for the exhibition was built by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco (also the architect of the nearby Palacio de Cristal). Other purpose-built facilities, including an adjoining avenue lined with oversized ceramic frogs that led to an artificial lake, were demolished after the exhibition, but Palacio Velázquez survives.

Fine art

Palacio Velázquez is a large and impressive construction: its red-brick neoclassical façade is comprised of arcades, with tiles by ceramist Daniel Zuloaga in a decorative style typical of the architect. The vaulted iron and glass roof floods the space with natural light.

Inside, world-class art exhibitions have been held for nearly 100 years, including contemporary shows by Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Juan Muñoz and José Manuel Boto. It currently plays host to temporary exhibitions held by Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum.

Nearby Attractions

See all attractions in Madrid
Parque El Retiro
The green heart of Madrid, hosting an array of gardens and monuments.
Monument to Alfonso XII
An equestrian statue of the monarch in the centre of Buen Retiro Park, offering the best view over the lake.
Palacio de Cristal
The extraordinary glass and iron palace built to display the flora of the Philippines in 1887.
San Jerónimo el Real
A 16th century Roman Catholic church with royal connections, now used by the Prado Museum.
Estanque del Retiro
An impressive artificial lake that complements The Monument to Alfonso XII in Buen Retiro Park.
Casón del Buen Retiro
One of two remaining 17th-century buildings in Buen Retiro Park, the Casón is home to a famous fresco.

Related Tours



Join the fastest growing community of professional tour guides.


Use our easy to integrate toolset to include Tours & Attractions in your customer journey.