Guided tour

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

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Explore the masterpieces of Madrid’s Prado Museum on a 1.5-hour guided tour and learn about works of art by Bosch, Velázquez, Goya and Greco. Skip the long lines for priority entrance, and admire the interior of the Prado's 18th-century building.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the galleries of the Prado Museum with an art-enthusiast guide
  • Skip the lines and get priority entrance to the Prado Museum
  • See masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, Greco
  • See The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch
  • Admire Juan de Villanueva 18th-century building and city icon
Full description

Meet your guide at the convenient meeting point next to the Prado Museum and enter with your skip-the-line ticket for your guided tour. See the most important paintings throughout the museum and admire great artworks by el Bosco, el Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Rubens.  Discover the aim of the original building and why it changed to become one of the most important art galleries in the world. The current exhibition holds more than 1,000 paintings from four different centuries. Given that for a first-time visitor this can be overwhelming, let your guide show you around the site and learn about some of the most important works and their backstories.  Once your guided tour finishes, you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.

Includes
  • English- or Spanish-speaking official guide
  • Entrance and guided tour of Prado Museum
  • Individual radio-guided system
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Tour departs from Madrid City Tour Information point at Calle Felipe IV, next to the Prado Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departs, and present your printed voucher upon arrival.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Cameras
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions
  • It is possible that some of the paintings mentioned in the description are not available for viewing, despite belonging to the permanent collections of the museum
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 170 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Service
    3.9/5
  • Organization
    3.7/5

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The guide did an excellent job presenting some of the major pieces of art, then I stayed in the museum the rest of the day to visit by myself. For the rest of the day I had bought the official guide book (500 pages), at times listened to the audio guide (on my own smartphone, through the Prado's website, because they don't have the usual audioguides due to COVID), and overheard some explanations from other guides while revisiting the work we saw with this guide: none of that was as good as our own tour. I'd recommend this tour both for people who are very much into art and for people who only like to spend a little bit of time in the museums: you see the major pieces in an captivating way, and you can always stay longer if you want. Note that the meeting place is not at the statue but up the stairs, by the street. A tip: while they provide throwaway ear pods, I usually bring my own, which I find more comfortable and of better quality. The radios have a regular audio jack.

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April 24, 2022

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable as she took a group of 15+ through the Prado. She presented the information in an organized and clear manner. My only complaint is that the tour was conducted in English and Spanish, with the English speakers being quite in the minority. About eighty percent of every explanation of a work was in Spanish followed by a brief summary in English that did not include nearly the detail that the Spanish speakers heard. My companions checked out completely. Our guide tried hard but the format is not ideal.I won’t do another bi-lingual tour.

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October 21, 2021

Throughly enjoyable

We booked the tour fairly last minute, and weren’t sure what to expect. But within a few moments of meeting our guide, we knew we were in for a treat. She had a wonderful personality, and it was clear she had a passion for art - this was more than just a job for her. It was obvious she had carefully selected highlights that gave us a good understanding of the major artists within the museum, as well as the context and evolution of the art over time.

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July 10, 2019

Product ID: 33321