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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  • Very knowledgeable guide with good English and great delivery. Brought to life these magnificent masterpieces. 
    Very knowledgeable guide with good English and great delivery. Brought to life these magnificent masterpieces.  more »
  • We came with the free ticket passes so we had less than an hour at the museum. Huge mistake! There are so many beautiful pieces of art here. One could easily pass an entire day here. 
    We came with the free ticket passes so we had less than an hour at the museum. Huge mistake! There are so many beautiful pieces of art here. One could easily pass an entire day here.  more »
  • It was a great learning experience to understand the various works of art collected by former Spanish royalty and the favorite artists of their time. The displays are abundant but spaced out to... 
    It was a great learning experience to understand the various works of art collected by former Spanish royalty and the favorite artists of their time. The displays are abundant but spaced out to...  more »
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  • The house for the best of Goya and Velazquez with their most famous masterworks. A beautiful building with a great collection. You can walk through the different eras of Spanish art, specially paintings. Be sure to book yourself for a whole day to enjoy all that there is to offer. From 18 to 20h the entry is free, so it-s best to go as soon as they open at 10h to get your tickets.
  • Just an unforgettable experience, near the botanic garden. You loose yourself in the beauty and the story that Goya and Velazquez, among others artists. The paints, the status the magnificent tables. All treasures that teach us and show us from where we've come. Of course 1 time it's not enough to see everything in detail at least for me. I will return to complete my tour. I recommend, go and enjoy..
  • Did a private guided tour through The Guides You Need it was wonderful and my guide, Maria, was very attentive and experienced. The displays are lovely and walking through you can truly capture the development of Spanish fine art. The contrast between earlier Goya and his Black paintings is especially dramatic and interesting. Couldn't recommend coming here enough.
  • I spent a wonderful afternoon here. 5 hours and I felt like I’d seen it all. Amazing collection of art and sculpture. No photos allowed. Which I appreciate! I bought my ticket online. And breezed right in at my scheduled time. It’s big enough that the crowds seem spaced out. I never felt like there were to many people in one area. I’ve been to several of the great museums in the world. Prado is definitely near the top! One thing to note. As I was leaving. There was a very long line of people in the queue for the free late hour admission. Not sure it would be worth it…..
  • This has been indeed the most incredible museum I visited in Spain. It’s a mesmerizing maze that portrays one of the best vivid and exuberant collections in the EU. The religious paintings and all the references to the Greek mythology took me aback! All the paintings are so beautifully preserved that make you believe they were painted just yesterday! They have discounts for students and the elderly as well. Make sure you book your time for at least half a day to fully visit all the floors and read all the information on every splendid piece of art. You can’t claim you have visited Madrid unless you visit this magnificent heaven of art!

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