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Spanish museums are opened for visitors

Three of the most famous Museum of Spain, Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened its doors to the public. On the opening day of the "Golden triangle" of museums of Madrid, passed the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Prado, closed on 12 March due to the epidemic of the coronavirus, officially resumed work on Saturday. However, even before there has been the first visitors – doctors, police, firemen, civil guard, red cross volunteers - the main characters of Spain the last three months.

To get to the Prado now that you can come across a huge wide staircase leading to the gate of Goya. Former entrance gates and Geronimo - only available for people with disabilities. Output also suffered - through the gates of the morning to avoid crowds. To buy tickets in advance – 24 hours in advance online. Prices reduced by half – now the hike to the main Museum in Spain will cost seven and a half euros, and in the first two days after opening - free.

Maria Luis came to the Museum with my daughter. "I really wanted to go today, opening day. It's like the transition to a new stage of de-escalation, the withdrawal of quarantine restrictions. As a further step of returning to his former life," says Maria, born in Madrid. In her words, she "can't even count how many times in my life was in the Prado".

Outside the Museum guides with official accreditation. To work they won't until September, but came today "to support the Museum and celebrate the opening". "We were without work for at least another three months. Not working since March, but as private entrepreneurs, the government pay us compensation. I really hope that tourists will return and we can once again show the Madrid museums. They are worth it," says one of the guides, a man of about 50.

A symbolic gesture, Minister of culture Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, Prado Director Miguel Falomir and head of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Javier Solana (formerly known politician, former NATO Secretary General and EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy) took off to the applause of gathered black cloth over the entrance, where there was an inscription: "a New meeting". It opens its season with one of the main museums in the world.

In the early hours near the building of the long line. Before you go in the main gallery, you need to pass security control. First bring the hand to a special apparatus to measure the temperature. The guards in masks and protective transparent screens test things for the presence of prohibited substances – the only security measures that existed before. All visitors are required to wear masks. At the entrance of disinfecting hand gel and wipes.

You can come companies up to five people. Closet does not work, there is the usual booklet with maps and audio guides. On a press-conferences the management of the Museum advised visitors to use the website of the Prado, where there is a description of the paintings, as well as to seek information of interest to the staff in the halls.

"Said to apply to us? Wow! Of course, I have something to tell you, but not all" - surprised girl looking after the hall that showcases the works of Francisco Goya. Her N95 mask and protective screen. "Breathing a little hard, but the management said we can wear and medical – they are easier," she says.

Of the approximately 40 employees who previously worked in the halls to work out about half. Stay at home those who can not, for objective reasons, elderly people or, for example, who have small children (kindergartens and schools are closed).

Some employees of the Museum for the time of the epidemic suffered a coronavirus, two were in the hospital, one person died. Coronavirus was moved and Javier Solana.

Economic losses of the Museum during forced closure amounted to 7 million euros. However, layoffs were not. All this time the employees were paid in full. "I think that layoffs will not happen, at least no rumors about this no. But, of course, temporary jobs now will not hire," - said the caretaker of the hall.

According to sanitary regulations, a visit to the Museum is limited to 1,800 people per day (up to quarantine – an average of 8-9 thousand, and just last year the Prado received 3.2 million visitors, about 70% of them tourists). The Museum waiting for hard times: public financing in recent years was about 30% and 70% self-financing, half of that amount from ticket sales, the rest from sponsors, sales in shops, restaurants, merchandising.

Due to sanitary restrictions Prado opened only the fourth part of the halls, which displays a total of 250 paintings. To collect in one place the best, 190 of them had outweigh.

This is the most famous masterpieces. Perhaps the only exception was the triptych "the Garden of earthly delights" by Hieronymus Bosch. Carry him from the room, where he usually is, did not for security reasons, for fear of damage. Visiting the collection is about a half hour.

The Prado Museum has never been closed for so long since the Civil war (when he was not working from August 1936 to September 1939).

All the rooms of the Museum will open at the earliest in mid-September, and the temporary exhibitions will not be until at least October.

The Reina Sofia Museum opened only a covered gallery on the first floor, Central garden and second floor of the building where the pearl of his collection – "Guernica" of Pablo Picasso and the most famous work of Salvador Dali. At the same time the Museum can visit 938. On the first day he runs free in the following days, tickets can be purchased (online or at the box office, but it is recommended to not pay in cash and by credit card) for five euros – less than half before the lockdown. Before the opening there was a line, but by mid-day crowds was not even in front of the "Guernica" - the number of visitors is strictly controlled security.

Leaflets to visitors here also do not give out information about the paintings is recommended to look at the website, and in the halls hung with posters with QR codes to make it easier to find information. In order to regulate the movement of persons, glued to the floor the direction of motion.

Throughout the building are hung disinfecting gels for hands, elevators should not be used without urgent need. A gift shop and cafe are still closed. But coffee can be, as usual, on the square in front of the Museum on open in the Spanish capital terraces of the bars.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened, unlike the two other museums of the "triangle", all the halls and is ready to take 1200 people at a time. In addition to the permanent collection resumed on two temporary exhibitions – Rembrandt and the American artist Joan Jonas. Morning here, too, there was a long queue at the entrance, and in some halls of the Museum - a very large number of visitors.

In the first two days of the opening of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is free, as in the future every Monday (free entry on the first day of the week was even before the quarantine), other days the ticket price is reduced.