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Famous Paintings at the Museo del Prado

A visit to Madrid isn’t complete without a dose of Spanish culture. With over 7,000 paintings at the Museo del Prado, you’ll see some of the best artworks from Spain and across Europe. From Goya to El Greco, here are our top 5 paintings not to be missed.

Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez

Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez

A leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez’s Las Meninas is his most famous work. The royal family is shown with masterful perspective, use of light and atmosphere.

The Third of May 1808, Francisco Goya

The Third of May 1808, Francisco Goya

Grand master of Spanish Art, Goya is shown on all 3 floors of the Prado. In Madrid’s most emblematic artwork, Goya depicts the battle between Spanish patriots and Napoleon’s army.

The Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest, El Greco

The Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest, El Greco

This is one of the great paintings of the Spanish Renaissance and one of El Greco’s most famous works. Take note of the unknown man’s expressive gaze and natural hand gesture.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

This triptych shows three scenes: paradise, hell and the creation of Eve and the fountain of life. Created by early Dutch master Bosch, don’t miss this complex, beautiful work.

The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens

The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens

A Flemish Baroque painter, Rubens emphasized movement, color and sensuality. No exception here — the Three Graces, born of Zeus’s affairs, lived joyously among the gods.

Our insider tips

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 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.

What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Definitely worth seeing the Prado, excellent and vast collection!

Did the self audio tour. Mapped out a dozen items of interest on the broucheur. Saw many wonderful major works of art in about 2.5 hours. Excellent in every way!

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Angela, 15/11/2018

Great guide with great background of key paintings. Go early in AM

El Prado is alternating religous and monarchy paintings. Better to go to the other art museums. Private tours are so much better than the cattle tours, less annoying people...

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour Reviewed by Michael, 01/11/2018

Best intro to the Prado AND skips the LONG line

Dino knows a lot about the art history and the history of the area around the Prado museum and shares it in an engaging way. Skipping the entry line was almost worth the price of the ticket--it was long! I recommend the early arrival. The Prado is a BIG museum. The tour takes you to some of its highlights and gets you oriented--you can better explore the museum on your own. I recommend the tour.

Art lesson and history lesson all in one

Excellent. Enrique was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We really enjoyed the tour and have a completely different perspective of art.

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour Reviewed by Todd, 21/09/2018

Even though the line was short I was happy to skip the line

Exactly on this Friday it was important to skip the line due to the fact that the museum offered a free guided tour at 11 o’clock.

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Bente Roende, 02/09/2018

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