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Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 32,000+ reviews on the web
Housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world, Museo Nacional del Prado is perhaps best known for works by El Greco, Goya, and Velasquez. One of the most visited cultural sites in the world, the museum includes an impressive collection of over 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 5,000 prints, and 8,000 drawings. Though Goya is unquestionably the most extensively represented artist in this collection, other highlights include works by Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Caravaggio, Durer, and van Dyck. The main building was designed in 1785 and constructed during the reign of Carlos III, as part of a grand renewal plan meant to bestow upon the city a monumental urban space. Get the best out of your experience by booking a private tour with an expert art guide. To visit Museo Nacional del Prado and other attractions in Madrid, use our Madrid trip builder.
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  • Lovely ... go there in the morning and take a break for lunch. Very good. Then, to savour it all it takes a day
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  • A beautiful Museum to stroll and see good works. Goya's my favorite along with Velazquez, better go during the week there are less people
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  • We were astonished by the wonderful collection of Rubens, definitely worth the visit. The museum shop was disappointing though. 
  • I visited during their free opening on a Wednesday evening (free from 6pm on Mon to Sat and 5pm on Sun). I arrived about 5:30 and there was already an enormous queue but most people were able to queue in the shade of trees. When the doors opened at 7, the queue moved very quickly and we were inside by 7:20. The place is huge and you really must have a guide book or plan to route you through the main rooms to the key paintings.
  • Covers Spanish art chronologically. Very well done. We enjoyed the Velázquez and Goya exhibits. If you have to pick sections, I would do these although they are a little spread out. I recommend visiting del Prado and Reina Sofia museums in Madrid. Has excellent gift shops as well.
  • Beautiful and huge museum. I spent over 5 hours there including a leisurely lunch in the comfortable restaurant (a little pricey but pretty good food) and still had not seen everything. I would advise booking tickets in advance especially if you are interested in the temporary exhibitions. The Bosch exhibition currently running is included in the overall entry fee but they only let limited numbers in at a time. When I arrived at 1pm the next available intake for the Bosch exhibition was 6pm. And you don't want to miss that...more of his weird and wonderful work in one place than I even knew existed. I would also advise paying instead of going for the free hours in the evening. That is a great option but only if you want a brief visit. When I was there the queue was long and continued outside around the building, not too pleasant in the heat.
  • A MUST SEE in Madrid! Particularly if you are more into classical art, rather than modern art! Just fabulous pieces, mostly Spanish and Roman, but really nice art works. And a heaven for a fan of Goya! Will take at least one day to visit, AT LEAST.
  • Probably one of the best muesums in Europe. Dont miss the temporary Bosch exhibition. If you already did I'm 100% sure that they have something as amazing as that one.
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