Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM)

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Carrer de Guillem de Castro, 118

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The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), or the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, is filled with modern and contemporary works. Its permanent collection, which boasts more than 10,000 pieces, centers on the 20th century and features important works by Julio González and Ignacio Pinazo, among others.

Recent travelers said the museum is worth a visit if you're a fan of modern art. Those who enjoyed it said it offered a wide breadth of exhibits and noted that it would be difficult for an art lover to find fault with its offerings.

Closed on Mondays, the IVAM welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Tickets cost 6 euros (or around $6.50) for adults; children 9 and younger enter for free. To enjoy free admission, time your visit for Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. or anytime Sunday. Free guided tours are available on weekends. You'll find IVAM in the west of the city and accessible by bus route No. 5 or by metro via line 1 to the Turia stop. Find more information on the museum's official website.

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