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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  • A visit that takes you back to experience a trip in time, reacquaint yourself with the history of your ancestors, a mandatory visit in MADRID!
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  • One of the jewels of Madrid. It is a great Museum, with great works of art. Advisable to visit free on Sunday from 17 to 19
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  • This museum is big, but not overwhelming. It took us about 3 hours to see every room, and we could have easily spent another hour there. The collection is impressive, and the layout of the museum is v...  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.
  • I’m in love with this museum, if you are going with kids ask at the information about their activity to engage kids at the museum. They also have a audio guide for kids! Do not doubt to ask for a tour guide! They will give you the most curious tips about the paintings, but make sure to have extra time to go back to enjoy the paintings. Also they have a great memory game and card game you can buy at the museum shop, it saved us during train time.
  • Fantastic building with an astonishing collection that's just the right size to be doable in 2-3 hours without feeling like you've missed much. Detailed descriptions of every painting in Spanish and English also means you don't need an audio guide or guidebook - much better to just get lost and stumble on things at random. Small rooms and expert arrangement of key works means there's any number of surprising lines of sight to something world famous through the large doorways - the only downside being that small rooms mean those same key works can get swamped. The Garden of Earthly Delights needs careful examination - but raise it up by a couple of extra feet, and more people would be able view it over the heads of the people squinting at the details in the front row of the scrum. That's a minor quibble, though. Everything else about the place is superb.
  • I have to give 5 stars for this place. MOST OF MADRID, I have to give them 7stars. Fell in love with the museum. If your favorites are Goya, Dali, then this is the place for you to enjoy there thoughts and dreams. Need to go early so as not to miss all what the museum has to offer. If you visit Madrid then don't miss this. They have special discounts for students and elderly and kids.
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