Prado National Museum, Madrid

4.7
#1 of 2,012 in Museums in Spain
Must see · Art Museum · Museum
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Prado National Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours to Prado National Museum

Prado National Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
56,703 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • The museum is open but because of Covid, some of the permanent exhibition is closed. The temporary exhibition was great.  more »
  • nice museum with great arts located in the center of Madrid. Its really nice because is free the Wednesday  more »
  • My wife and I toured the Prado Museum during our visit to Madrid this past November. It contains a huge collection of European art and an amazing amount of Spanish art by its masters. Plan on...  more »
Google
  • 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!

Plan your trip to Madrid

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Madrid

See all ›
Parque del Retiro ©
Park
Parque del Retiro
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Historic Site
Royal Palace of Madrid
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Plaza Mayor ©
Historic Site
Plaza Mayor
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Madrid

©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
©
Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
©
Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Picnic Madrid ©
Outdoor Activity
Picnic Madrid
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Madrid

Catedral Primada ©
Church
Catedral Primada Toledo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Acueduct of Segovia ©
World heritage site
Acueduct of Segovia Segovia
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Neighborhood
Casco Historico de Toledo Toledo
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Madrid

See all ›
Mercado San Miguel ©
Flea Market
Mercado San Miguel
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
El Rastro ©
Flea Market
El Rastro
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
ABC Serrano ©
Shopping Mall
ABC Serrano
2.5
Duration: 2 hours
Simply Rickshaw ©
Antique Store
Simply Rickshaw
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Madrid

See all ›
Templo de Debod ©
Ruin
Templo de Debod
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida ©
Religious Site
Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande ©
Religious Site
Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Nearby attractions in Madrid

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium ©
Arena / Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Puerta del Sol ©
Landmark
Puerta del Sol
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
SANDEMANs New Europe - Madrid ©
Walking tour
SANDEMANs New Europe - Madrid
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gran Via ©
Neighborhood
Gran Via
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Cafe Ziryab ©
Dinner Theater
Cafe Ziryab
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Madride Travel ©
Nightlife
Madride Travel
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Prado National Museum ©
Art Museum
Prado National Museum
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia ©
Art Museum
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Trips to Prado National Museum by other users

4 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Barcelona & Madrid BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, teens, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, teens, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Spain & Lisbon BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Spain BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BULGARIA April, culture, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium