Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado main exhibition hall

The Prado museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) is Madrid’s top attraction and one of the most important art museums in the world. It is home to art collected by generations of Spanish kings and emperors since the 15th century. The collection features masterpieces of Spanish, Dutch, French and Italian artists such as Velasquez, Goya, Titan, Rubens, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Rafael.

Since the collection is huge, it would be a good idea to take one of the tours according to your interests. The official website offers a few suggested tours.

The Prado is part of Madrid’s Museum Triangle along with the Reina Sofia modern arts museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza. You could save by buying joint tickets for all three museums.
Museo del Prado building full
Museo del Prado building, source: Wikipedia

The colossal neo-classical building was built in 1785 to host the royal collection of art, though it wasn’t open until 1819. The museum was recently expanded to a newly constructed cube-shaped building beside the San Jeronimo el Real church, as well as the Casón del Buen Retiro, a remodeled annex next to Retiro park.

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Website: Museo del Prado

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am – 7pm

Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25

Reduced opening hours: January 6, December 24 and 31: 10am – 2pm

Free admission
Collection free Access:

Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 8pm
Sundays and holidays: 5pm – 7pm

50% discount in the corresponding individual tariff in temporary exhibitions

Last admission 30 minutes before closing
The galleries are cleared 10 minutes before closing

Cover image source: Wikipedia
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