San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts

The establishment of a Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Spain was first proposed by painter Antonio Meléndez, who suggested the idea in 1726 to king Philip V for the creation of an Academy of Arts for design, painting, sculpture and architecture.

Today, the Museum at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts houses over 1,400 paintings, 600 sculptures and 15,000 drawings, as well as an excellent collection of decorative arts objects including tapestries, silverware, ceramics, porcelain, clocks, furniture and medals.

The Academy’s permanent collection contains masterpieces of Spanish, Italian and Flemish art. The museum has 13 paintings by Francisco de Goya, who was a member from 1780, amongst which there are two self-portraits, the Corrida de Toros (Bullfight), the portraits of Moratín, Juan de Villanueva, the actress La Tirana and the Carnival scene known as the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine).

The Academy is home to the Museum, the Archive-Library, the Castings Workshop, and the National Hand Engraving Collection, which encompasses a series of plates engraved by the most eminent Spanish artists, including the copper plate etchings made by Francisco de Goya, masterpieces in the universal history of engraving.

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando - Sala de Fotografía
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando



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de Alcalá, 13
Tourist area: 
Sol / Gran Vía
Opening Times: 

Permanent collection:

Tue-Sun 10am-3pm (including public holidays).

Mondays and throughout August: closed

Temporary exhibitions: check official website

Art Afternoons: the permanent collection will open in the afternoon of the last Saturday of each month, extending the opening times from 3pm to 8pm.

Archive - Library:

Mon - Fri: 9am – 3pm. July and September: 8:30 - 14:30 h

Closed: 7 January; 15 to 19 April; 1, 2, 3, 15 and 30 May; August; 1 November; 6, 9 and from 23 to 31 December

Guided Visits: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11am (except public holidays, Christmas, Easter and August).

Guided Visits for Groups: Thursdays (not on public holidays) : 11.30am


(+34) 91 524 08 64
(+34) 91 524 10 34
Banco de España (L2)
Sevilla (L2)
Sol (L1, L2, L3)
Local train (Cercanías): 
002, 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 15, 20, 46, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146, 150, M1

General: €8

Reduced: €4

Art Afternoons: Free

Guided Visits for Groups: € 6

Free Entrance: See official website