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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  • The museum and it's artwork is famous, so there's not much to say about the contents of the museum. However, my complaint is that it's so difficult to get an affordable guided tour in English. The museum doesn't offer tour guides, only audio guides. The tour guides are contractors and none were available when we arrived an hour after the museum opened. Also, the museum doesn't have a water fountain! I was told I could fill up my water bottle in the bathroom sink. No thanks. Finally, be sure to buy the ticket in advance online to skip the longest line. There's still a line for these tickets but it moves fast and was not long. The regular line was enormous!
  • One of the best museums on European art, particularly famous for Goya and Rafael besides a lot of paintings by other Spanish artists of renaissance period. Must visit for any person with inclination for arts and culture as also for those who are keen to learn more about biblical episodes like Jesus on way to cavalry, holy family with lamb, the last supper, Christ on cross and of course, Christ's resurrection. No need to take audio guides (worth €14) since detailed information accompany most of the paintings. Visit Mon to Saturday from 6PM-8PM and on Sunday from 5PM to 7PM for free hours.
  • One of the best museums in the world! The art collection has the ability to transport you into the realm of each artist’s mood when the painting was originally done. Do not even consider spending less than 5 hours in the museum as you will not see everything and cherish nothing.
  • As one of the biggest national galleries in Europe, it's definitely worth visiting. The lines to ticket office are pretty long, so I would recommend buying an online ticket. A big plus are the description to each picture that give background to the historical events, painter or the piece of art.
  • A huge, must see art museum that is free with a student ID from the US. So many incredible pieces that you don't have to be an art expert to enjoy. Pace yourself and plan ahead because you'll need at least 2 hours to hit most of it quickly. They will store large bags and coats for you at the front desk and there is a nice cafe to get a snack and take a break.
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