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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  • Collection of wonderful works of art. Useless to list all the wonderful paintings, although the feeling you get seeing la maja desnuda is indescribable. You can visit the Museum free of charge. recommend you check out the site to learn about days and times and show up at least 1 hour before to get in line.
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  • Excellent gallery in heart of Madrid. It’s huge so get a map and plot the highlights, otherwise you will be in here 3hrs. It is free 2hrs before closing, otherwise it’s 15€. Don’t be put off by the hu...  more »
  • I have no words I would be very short to be faithful to reality. Very important and missed, while in Madrid. Easy access and close to other places of interest. He won't let down them. Highly recommended, although on occasion touch you wait in line to enter. No matter, it is fast.
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  • Normally very expensive at 15 Euros. But they let people in for free 2 hours before closing! Despite the VERY long line, I think they let everybody in eventually so it's worth the savings. I lined up 30 min before the free time so got in quickly. Inside is huge and lots of great art to see. Best to plan ahead though as you can get quite lost in the maze of art and hallways. Great collection.
  • So much classic art. A wonderful museum with lots of great artist and sculptures both Greek and Roman. The bottom floor was my favorite including the El Bosco exhibition. Goya and Velasquez as well. For 15 Euro a pop it's definitely worth a visit when in Madrid. If you wait for closing you can also go in for free within the last two hours of the day. You will have to check the hours of operation depending on the season and day (Sunday's close a little earlier).
  • Really great museum. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour I had but especially liked the little bookstore in it. There were books in Spanish and some in English and I got a couple of each. There are also some unique things you can buy in the gift store with various artwork prints on them.
  • Definitely an amazing collection. It may be better for those who are really into that art period. For me, not a connoisseur, after the first section all paintings started blending into one another and I got really bored. I went to the Reina Sofia museum a few years ago and I enjoyed it a lot more as the styles, colours, etc, felt more diverse for the average uncultured people like me.
  • I came on a Sunday afternoon which happens to be free from 5-7 pm (17hr-19hr). After a long day of walking around I feel like spending 1.5 hrs here it’s pretty decent. And I say 1.5 hrs because the line to access the museum could be very long although it moves quite fast. I spent that time just seeing the ground floor. I’m planning on coming next Sunday afternoon to see the first floor. With all that being said, If you are coming early enough to just walk around the museum and see the exhibits then this museum it’s a must. They have an amazing collection of Italian, German, British French and of course, Spanish paintings. Expect to see a few sculptures and also some temporary expositions

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