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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: of Paradise, the creation of Eve and the fountain of life, and hell. 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.

Museo del Prado: Our Tips

Museum Opening Hours

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

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 to visit
    Monday to Saturday: 10AM – 8PM. Sundays and holidays: 10AM - 7PM
  • What is the price?
    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: Lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
  • Additional tips
    • 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

There is no better way to see the Prado than the getyourguide option!

The Prado has endlessly long queues but we got in first and had very knowledgeable guides who spoke English fluently and gave comprehensive background history on the paintings viewed. I think it would be quite impossible to cover some of the most famous paintings without a guide.

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Prado Museum Reviewed by Bosko, 08/18/2017

Well selected paintings in historical order.

I was with all Spanish speaking people and the only one in English but still well catered for. Gave me time to look at other works in between translations.

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Prado Museum Reviewed by Nora, 08/14/2017

Great tour, the tour guide Minerva was knowledgeable, and multilingual

The masterpieces we viewed were, stunning, the tour guide Minerva was very good. Well done

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Prado Museum Reviewed by Eleftheria, 08/06/2017

Very good schedule and informative in 7 different languages.

Very well organized and worth if money paid. You can easily get off the bus especially in Plaza Mayor with different shops around and walk up till Sol area. Amazing

Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour) Reviewed by Oksana, 07/17/2017

Museum staff was confused with our tickets but eventually honored them

Wonderful museum, collections, special exhibits. Museum staff was confused about our tickets and sent us back and forth between 2 employees. Eventually they let us in. A frustrating and annoying experience for us and them. Don't know if we would use GetYourGuide again

Madrid: Skip the Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/05/2017

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