Prado National Museum, Madrid

4.7
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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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  • Security check at the entrance. Backpacks and large bags are put on the cloak of security before! Deposited at the entrance and exit are the same so tedious is not! Museums are the pictures OK, mostly, but here only near the entrance! I'm sorry...
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  • Everyone raves about the famous Prado as a world class art museum. They had some good exhibits (like Albrecht Durer). Other than that most of the paintings were of Spanish Royalty or religious paintin...  more »
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  • Excellent museum! I’ve been there times and still haven’t been able to cover everything! It’s easy to get to and the start of the tourist bus route. From 18:00 - 20:00 they are open everyday. It’s not a bad place for lunch either. They usually have good reasonable priced meals.
  • I understand this is supposed to be a great European art museum, but it's just not on the level of museums like you'd find in Paris, London or New York. No matter what people tell you. There are tons of well painted but somewhat tedious portraits of Hispanic nobility and about as many overwrought religious paintings. I found little that really touched me or that stuck with me after I left If you're in Madrid, it's kind of a must see, but be forewarned to keep your expectations lower than I did. Yeah, yeah, Hieronymus Bosch... If you think you might like to buy a few gifts or souvenirs on your way out, you should know that the shop closes exactly when the museum does. Odd, I know. So factor that in when you decide when to head for the door. A smart operation would shift the shop opening and closing time an hour later to account for the fact that people spend money when leaving a museum, but not generally before they've seen the exhibition. Maybe they do on some days, but when we visited, we ended up being herded out of the shop moments after arriving with at least 200 other visitors. Furthermore, the postcard section, usually where we spend money, was closed even before closing time.
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