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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

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

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

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

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

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

Skip the Line Prado made for quick access

On a Sunday morning at 10AM, didn’t really need this Skip the Line pass since there was no line. The intention is for easy access and that have been helpful later in day since there were definitely crowds.

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Stephanie, 06/19/2018

Exceptional guide-joined art with history.

Marta was exceptional in her knowledge and passion for art and we feel fortunate to have had her as our guide. Our request was to focus on the Spanish artists. We enjoy history and learning the Spanish monarchy over those centuries is daunting. She aptly tied the Spanish chronological history with the artists. Additionally we appreciated the way that she took us thru the floors to explain the Goya period.

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour Reviewed by Alan, 06/06/2018

Excellent guided tour with a very educated and informed guide

We would highly recommend to everyone visiting Prado for the first time to use this type of guided tour. We were a group of 7 people and our tour guide (sorry, we could not remember his name) did a great presentation of some of the best paintings and shared the stories about the painters and the time they lived in. We would not be able to get the same introduction to this incredible museum on our own or even with an self audio guide. Great value for a price we paid!

Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Ali, 05/18/2018

Tamara was excellent, great information, highly recommend

Her knowledge of historical context was very interesting and she was always sensitive to our needs.

Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 05/16/2018

Very good guide and the time allocation was ideal

Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We enjoyed the tour very much - the time allocated to each museum was ideal, and there was enough time in between for a coffee!

Half-Day Prado and Reina Sofía Museum Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/06/2018

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