Prado National Museum, Madrid

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Housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world, Prado National Museum 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. Our Madrid travel route site makes visiting Prado National Museum and other Madrid attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • If you are aware of the various apps to self tour make yourself aware of the free access to the opening times of one of the great galleries of the world. Even an hour in this place can be...  more »
  • Annoying staff with a bad attitude and no flexibility (e.g. cannot re-enter after leaving) made it an unpleasant experience. A little weird that such a place which attracts foreign visitors employs...  more »
  • If you have the slightest interest in Art, don't miss this Opportunity. We hired a Guide and learned so much more about Goya, Picasso, Etc Etc  more »
  • Organization inside the museum is eclectic in the bad way, sometimes seemingly without much rhyme or reason. Important pieces placed rather randomly, with Goya strewn across the entire place in ways that are not easily understandable nor explained by the museum. Some rooms were packed with pieces, others with sparse walls throughout. No photos allowed, which is a bit weird compared to most other similar places around the world, but understandable. However there are no signs indicating as such, nor is it marked on the tickets or mentioned otherwise. Instead guards randomly will rush across rooms to stop visitors from photos, which is pretty bad for the experience of all guests in my opinion, which could be easily solved by putting some signs up, but whatever. (If there were signs they were very poorly placed as I habitually look for these things when entering an establishment.) Maintenance and cleanliness is poor for its status as a national museum, litter was commonly seen in hallways. Importantly, the lighting is awful in many rooms for proper enjoyment of the pieces. Lastly it should be noted that the line to purchase tickets is long and slow, and ticket price quite expensive compared to many other attractions, including similar museums around the world. Consider that this museum is 15 euro while the Louvre is 17 euro. Overall a seriously overrated destination unless you love Goya
  • I spent very little time, Since I was with kids who were not so interested in art. But what I experienced in that short time was very satisfying. The very first paintings that I got to see were of religious flavor, for which I do not possess the buds. But then there some very beautiful ones. Remember you are not allowed to take photos. The gift shop was also good with the replicas and moderately priced.
  • The royal palace of Madrid is absolutely worth the visit. Home to the royal family for many generations prior, you’ll see lots of many rooms and halls being used for tourism now. Unfortunately, you cannot take very many photos of the room themselves but I thought what you see is well worth the visit. The chandeliers and rooms are decorated very well and you also get the chance to see some pretty amazing relics such as a couple of authentic Stradivarius. You also get to see a lot of various gold throne rooms, dining rooms and their china.
  • Quite big museum: 2 hours are barely enough to see the whole museum, more interested viewers could stay there even 3 hours or more. The price is quite high but the ticket is free for students (the own student card along with an ID is enough, no need of "International student card" as stated in the website). Free entry for everyone the last two hours (6-8pm or similar, check the website) but go there at least one hour before (even more on weekends) because the line can be really, really, really long.
  • Fabulous museum well worth the expense of an audio guide. You can purchase it for 6 euros and customize the settings for a 1, 2, or 3 hour tour plus information about other paintings is also available. The only drawback is that it isn't laid out in a logical way, just numerically by room and you end up with a fair amount of backtracking. The cafe had very good food!

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