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Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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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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  • The Spanish regard this painter as one of their own, even though he was Dutch. The collection comes to the Spanish through their acquisition of the Habsburg Netherlands by the Spanish Habsburgs in 155...  more »
  • We were happy to spend 3 hours in the Prado while it was 98 f outside. Very much worth the visit. We found it hard to figure out where to go in an order that made sense -- maybe because we had just co...  more »
  • The Prado museum is quite extensive and a treat for any museum lover. For those who want to visit it for free there is good news that on certain days there is no entry fee. Luckily for me I had the en...  more »
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  • Impossible to fault. I have no problem paying into a gallery as good as this. The audio tour is well worth the money too. A beautiful place.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful experience. I'm not a connoisseur of fine art but many paintings that I had hoped to see some day were here. The facilities are beautiful and comfortable making for a very enjoyable day of exploring the arts.
  • Huge art museum, a couple thousand pieces of art displayed among their large collection. Lots for everyone to see. Some of the art is eh, as an artist is obviously not always perfect. But the majority of pieces are appealing. Although it says there's a Rembrandt section, there's literally only one painting of his. Lots of goye though. Cafe is very nice though pricey. Took us four young fit adults that are interested in art about 3.5 hours to wander through every room and comment on interesting pieces
  • Incredible museum. Went for the 2 free hours on he evening. The queue gets long so go early! 2 hours is not nearly enough to see everything. Can easily spend half a day there.