Museo del Prado

The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art.

A visit to Madrid isn’t complete without a dose of Spanish culture. With over 7,000 paintings at the Museo del Prado, you’ll see some of the best artworks from Spain and across Europe.

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Museo del Prado: Tours & Tickets

Insider tips

Museum Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

How to Get There

In Central Madrid, the Prado is located on Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014. The nearest metro stations are Banco de España and Atocha stations. The following bus lines also access the museum: lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.

Skip the Line

A popular cultural site in Madrid — and well worth it — the Prado will most likely welcome you with a long line. Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

How to get there

Take the metro to Banco de España or Atocha. Or, use the following bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.

Is it expensive?

General admission: €14. General admission & official guide: €23

Will I need a guide?

An audio guide is highly recommended. The size of the collection can be overwhelming.

What people are saying about Museo del Prado

★★★★★ Definitely worth seeing the Prado, excellent and vast collection!

Did the self audio tour. Mapped out a dozen items of interest on the broucheur. Saw many wonderful major works of art in about 2.5 hours. Excellent in every way!

★★★★★ Great guide with great background of key paintings. Go early in AM

El Prado is alternating religous and monarchy paintings. Better to go to the other art museums. Private tours are so much better than the cattle tours, less annoying people...

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour reviewed by Michael

★★★★★ Best intro to the Prado AND skips the LONG line

Dino knows a lot about the art history and the history of the area around the Prado museum and shares it in an engaging way. Skipping the entry line was almost worth the price of the ticket--it was long! I recommend the early arrival. The Prado is a BIG museum. The tour takes you to some of its highlights and gets you oriented--you can better explore the museum on your own. I recommend the tour.

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