Museo del Prado

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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Famous Paintings at the Museo del Prado

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. From Goya to El Greco, here are our top 4 paintings not to be missed.

Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez
A leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez’s Las Meninas is his most famous work. The royal family is shown with a masterful perspective, use of light and atmosphere.

The Third of May 1808, Francisco Goya
A grand master of Spanish Art, Goya is shown on all 3 floors of the Prado. In Madrid’s most emblematic artwork, Goya depicts the battle between the Spanish patriots and Napoleon’s army.

The Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest, El Greco
This is one of the great paintings of the Spanish Renaissance and one of El Greco’s most famous works. Take note of the unknown man’s expressive gaze and natural hand gesture.

The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens
A Flemish Baroque painter, Rubens emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. No exception here — the Three Graces, born of Zeus’s affairs, lived joyously among the gods.

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 brochure. Saw many wonderful major works of art in about 2.5 hours. Excellent in every way!

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket reviewed by Angela

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best intro to the Prado AND skips the LONG line
Dino knows a lot about 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.

Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour reviewed by Joe

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great guide with a great background of key paintings. Go early in AM
El Prado is alternating religious 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

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ana was the best guide we have ever had (and we have had many).
Ana picked us up at our hotel on time and we had a pleasant walk to the Prado. The visit to the museum exceeded expectations for me and my wife. Ana’s expertise in art and history was impressive but not overwhelming. The time flew by as we conversed for hours. Unlike many guides, the conversation was not one-sided and the give and take were truly educational. At no point did we feel like Ana was on a clock or forcing us to move too quickly through the museum. We are still talking about our experience. Highly recommend!

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour reviewed by Gary

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