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Museo del Prado

Admire the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Goya Statue outside the Prado Museum and begin your guided tour of its vast collection.  See the work of a variety of great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens, and El Bosco. Discover some of the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. The museum contains more than 8,000 paintings, 9,000 drawings, 5,500 prints, and over 900 sculptures. See some of the 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. Learn about the history of European art, and the story behind some of the works on display.

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Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover masterpieces of art on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Prado Museum and explore the galleries of Spain's national art museum, located in the museum district of central Madrid. Widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century, the Prado Museum also boasts the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. See masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens, along with acclaimed paintings by El Greco, Titian and Diego Velázquez. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. If you select the tapas tasting option, following the tour of Prado Museum, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas of Spanish food. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

3. Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Royal Museum would become known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of historic documents. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th century. Once inside, you can purchase an audio guide to quickly lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.

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Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

4. Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia, & Thyssen Museums

The Art Walk Pass will allow you to marvel the best of Spanish art in Madrid. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the three most important museums of the capital of Spain, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. At Prado, you will learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork made between the 14th and 19th centuries. In Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum, admire the work from some of Spain’s finest 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Explore the hallways and galleries, and learn how and why these talented people created their art. After visiting the Reina Sofia, you will have a little break for lunch (not included) before you continue to the Thyssen Museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting. Given the wealth and variety of its treasures, comprising more than a thousand works of art, you should start your visit in the section that most interests you. Italian primitives, the German Renaissance, 19th-century American art, Impressionism, German Expressionism and Russian Constructivism are the most widely represented schools and movements in the museum.

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Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

5. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and La Latina and see the House of Cervantes and the La Latina Theatre. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Church of Los Jerónimos, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Self-Guided Audio Tour App

6. Madrid: Prado Museum Self-Guided Audio Tour App

Dive into Spanish art and culture on your trip to the Prado Museum in Madrid with an audio tour app. View masterpieces by artists like Goya, Rembrandt, Raphael, and Albrecht Durer, and Titan while listening to insightful commentary. Download the tour app and purchase tickets to the Prado Museum to start your tour. Listen to content from your own headphones. Explore and learn about the world’s s largest collection of Spanish art at your own pace with a tour that can be paused and resumed. Have the freedom to use the tour on more than one visit. Enjoy the convenience of a tour that can be stored on your smartphone. Save your data with an app that is available offline.

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Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

7. Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

Explore Madrid in comfort and convenience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. Discover Madrid's historic landmarks and its modern attractions in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two routes available: Blue Route: Historical Madrid • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Via  • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco El Grande • Catedral Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Reina Sofía  • Jardín Botánico Green Route: Modern Madrid • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour Hop-off at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to take a tour of the iconic home of Real Madrid. Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history as you explore the interactive museum and audiovisuals displays which tell the story of this footballing giant. Step into the press room, the dressing rooms, and walk along the Player’s Tunnel until you reach the pitch, where global superstars have showcased their skills for decades. Take an interactive journey aboard a replica of the official first team bus. See the wide collection of trophies that the club has accumulated over the years. Access the presidential box, the most exclusive area of the venue, and get an exclusive VIP perspective on the stadium which can hold more than 80,000 spectators. Enjoy an interactive experience which is suited to football fanatics and those with a passing interest alike.

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Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

8. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, and has a special emphasis on the paintings that have changed the History of Art and became universal referents. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. You then continue with a 1.5-hour walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies, and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

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Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

9. Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

Meet your private guide at Plaza de Cibeles, and begin your 2-hour tour learning about the monuments around the square. Continue to Retiro Park, Madrid’s popular and vast green space. Explore the park and see Madrid’s oldest tree and the San Jeronimos Church, where King Juan Carlos was crowned in 1975. Visit the Prado Museum with your private guide. Skip the lines and head straight into one of the world’s most important art museums. Admire works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, El Bosco and Goya. The Prado guided tour lasts around 1 hour and you’ll cover all the must-see works of art. Your tour ends inside the museum, where you are welcome to stay after the tour.

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Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

10. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

The Prado Museum is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, containing an enormous number of works. Together with your guide, you will tour these masterpieces, with explanations of each work provided to you by your experienced guide. You will span in detail this great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. Besides works of the major artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Roger Van der Weyden and Dürer, you will get to know everything of Spain's most famous painters; Goya and Velazquez. You will encounter "The Third of May 1808" which, complete in 1814, is about the execution by Napoleon's troops painted by Goya with great drama in which he contrasts the coldness of the soldiers in gray uniforms with the colorful anonymous citizens who are going to die. You will also discover the most famous work of Velazquez, "Las Meninas", which is a scene depicting a normal day in the Alcázar of Madrid with members of King Philip IV's family and Velazquez himself. "Las Meninas" has been the inspiration for later artists like Goya and Picasso.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Museum Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

  • How to Get There

    In Central Madrid, the Prado is located on Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014. The nearest metro stations are Banco de España and Atocha stations. The following bus lines also access the museum: lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.

  • Skip the ticket line

    A popular cultural site in Madrid — and well worth it — the Prado will most likely welcome you with a long line. Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.

  • Tip

    The size of the collection can be overwhelming. Audio guides can be purchased once you enter the museum; 50 masterpieces are highlighted and can help focus your tour. Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Is it expensive?
    General admission: €14. General admission & official guide: €23
  • Will I need a guide?
    An audio guide is highly recommended. The size of the collection can be overwhelming.
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to Banco de España or Atocha. Or, use the following bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
  • Additional information

    • Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.

    • Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8,451 reviews

Our driver, Felipe, gave us a wonderful tour. He was informative and kind. He shared local information that was very helpful for us.

Our tour guide Elias was very knowledgeable and gave good highlights. Good introduction to the Royal Palace and Prado Museum.

We really enjoyed our guided tour. Thank you Bruno for such a great experience. Definitely recommend it if your in Madrid.

Our guide was amazing! It was a pleasure listening to him. Highly recommend Naturanda!

we enjoyed it! my kids love the ride and thank you for the blanket!!