Putting paint to canvas is one of the ways that man makes order from the chaos around him, along with writing literature and taking sepia-toned photos of dinner. Taste the arts with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
$8 for two tickets for general admission (up to a $20 value)
$14 for four tickets for general admission (up to a $40 value)
$28 for a 15-month Goya Friend membership for two (up to a $60 value) with each person receiving:
- A personalized member card
- Unlimited access to the museum
- Access to members-only previews, receptions, and open houses
- Subscription to semiannual museum guide At the Meadows
- 10% off all museum-shop purchases
Guests venture into the wide-ranging permanent collections, focusing on the golden age of Spanish painting from the 1550s through 1700. Admission also includes special exhibitions, such as the currently showing Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits (running through January 13), which traces the evolution of the seminal court painter with works from the Meadows collection and pieces on loan from Spain's Prado. Admission is free after 5 p.m. on Thursday.
While strolling the halls of Madrid's famous Prado Museum in the 1950s, Texas oilman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows fell in love with the rich tradition of Spanish art. Gradually building a collection of Iberian masterworks from throughout the centuries, Meadows helped found his eponymous museum to house and display the art. Now among the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum surrounds visitors with masterpieces from the 10th century through the 21st. The collection's highlights include Goya's darkly evocative Yard with Madmen, Picasso's patchwork Still Life in a Landscape, and Míró's colorfully surreal Queen Louise of Prussia.
Outside the museum's elegant colonnade, an encircling garden recalls Renaissance palaces with manicured bushes, stately gravel paths, and feral court jesters. Beautiful sculptures by modern greats fleck the garden, with such pieces as the 13-foot, wireframe head Sho, by modern Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Below the plaza, Santiago Calatrava's monumental Wave dominates the approach to the museum, with gently undulating iron beams, suspended over a serene reflecting pool that will itself never know the joy of forming a wave.