Museo Nacional Del Prado11130 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
- Address: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
- Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +34-913302800
- Ticket Price: 15 EUR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museums
This museum is without a doubt the top cultural site of the city of Madrid and it is also amongst the topmost art galleries in the world. It is located on the street named El Paseo del Prado and houses some of the best and most beautiful works by masters like Velazquez, Raphael, Goya, Bosch and Rubens, and many more Italian and Flemish artists. Yet the 1300 art pieces on display are only a fraction of the total 7,600 paintings; 1,000 sculptures; 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings stored here. The building of the museum is basically a Neoclassical building built in the 18th century and it opened as a museum in the year 1819.
The name of the museum is derived from the district where it is located and the word Prado means meadow. The queen of Spain was impressed by the Louvre and wanted to have something like that in her own country and that has resulted in the museum.
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Museo Nacional Del Prado Travel Tips
- You can go for the complete tour by yourself or you can take a guide with a little bit extra money. If you do not have a lot of time, then you can go for the customized one hour tour in which you will be able to see some of the best paintings and artefacts in the museum.
Entrance Ticket Details For Museo Nacional Del Prado
- General Ticket: 15 EURO
- General Ticket + Guide book of the Prado: 24 EURO
- Reduced Tickets: 7.50 EURO
- For other ticket price, check the official website.
Museo Nacional Del Prado Hours
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Galleries emptied 10 minutes before closing time.
Free access to the collection:
- Monday to Saturday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Sundays & Holidays: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
How to Reach Museo Nacional Del Prado
- Atocha or Banco de Espana
- Estado Puro
- Burger King
69.7% of people who visit Madrid include Museo Nacional Del Prado in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
26.32% of people start their Museo Nacional Del Prado visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Museo Nacional Del Prado
52.94% of people prefer walking in order to reach Museo Nacional Del Prado
Museo Nacional Del Prado Reviews & Ratings
If you love paintings by the masters through history you HAVE to go here. They have a huge and beautiful collection. Some are master's copies of other masters. The Prado had both examples in many cases. They have some wonderful statuary as well. A wonderful time of learning and exposure to art. A lot of christian art that shows you the way the faith changed through time.
The exposition was nicely studied so every room was appropriate for the paintings in it and they were properly led. It had some very nice masterpieces mostly Spanish and Italian from 1400 to 1800. Spent almost 6 hours inside. Goya's Saturn eating his child11 was the best moment: perfect exposition of paintings in the room make its sudden appearance as striking as it can be.
I am not sure why you would need a review as an incentive, but here is one! As you probably already are aware of, Prado is one of the most famous museums in the world. Its permanent collection is one of the best, if not the best, among museums of its kind. Every room is full to the brim with iconic pieces, the great masters efforts on display. Personally I find the section with Goya's black paintings the very best of what the museum offers. Even if you aren't into art the Prado is well worth the price of admittance, as is the guide book that you can buy at reduced cost along with your ticket. I would recommend two visits, as it is easy to become exhausted while roaming Prado's vast halls.
Definitely buy tickets on line. Do not attempt to go without or you will make a ridiculous line. Also take your own comfortable ear buds for the self guided tours. We followed Rick Steve's suggested plan to see the best of the best, the must see paintings. There isn't enough time in a day to see it all.
Museum is definitely worth visiting. Free after 6p BUT there is a huge line that forms to get free tickets. Be there around 5:15p latest if you want to get in earlier. No photos allowed inside, of course. Magnificent pieces of art. Beware: if you do go in at 6p for free, museum closes at 8p and 2 hours is not enough time to view and awe everything.