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Museo del Prado

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

Museo del Prado: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: Prado Museum Direct Entrance Ticket

1. 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.

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum 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.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

3. 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.

Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

4. Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

An easy and fun way to meet the most emblematic places of Madrid is a tour by Segway. Visit the Old Madrid, New Madrid, Retiro Park or all. It is a one-hour tour which will pass through places as well known as: The Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace. Templo Debod.The Opera Square. Puerta del Sol or The new city as Prado Museum, Pza Santa Ana, Pta Alcala, Church of Jeronimos, etc or one hour in Retiro Park. For 3 hours, your guide suggests that you enjoy the Segway by designing your own ride. The fatigue will be minimal, with maximum fun thanks to the great Segways! You will go accompanied by an expert guide.

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 guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado on this fun and exciting adventure through the city.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

6. 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, with an emphasis on the paintings that have changed the history of art and become canon. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. 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.

Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

7. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

Join a private tour of the Prado Museum, one of the greatest art museums in the world housing a great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. View the many masterpieces here and listen to explanations of each work provided by your experienced guide. 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 about 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.

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

8. Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top cultural sight and one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters — such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, among other major Italian and Flemish artists — is housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building that opened as a museum in 1819. The Spanish queen at the time had been impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. The result is several thousand works from that time, with a recent modern extension allowing even more of them to be displayed. The tour begins with the most famous masterpieces from European artists like El Bosco. Continue delving into the work of Velazquez, followed by artists like El Greco and Goya, among many others. Gain an understanding of all the artists' aims, lives, and circumstances hidden behind the paintings, as well as the historic moment in which they were created. Learn about Spanish history from an art historian and get a closer look at local culture and Madrid's art scene.

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

9. Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

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.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

10. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

Visit two must-see attractions in Madrid with this guided walking tour of the Prado Museum and lunch at Sobrino de Botín restaurant afterwards. Learn all about the famous artworks on display in the museum with the help of a local guide, then head to the renowned restaurant for a three-course meal. First, enter the Prado Museum and take part in a 1.5-hour tour with a local guide. See the works of many great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and El Bosco. Familiarize yourself with the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. Allow your local guide to bring the essential paintings in the museum to life for you, and give you a firm footing to appreciate and understand each one. Discover the characters and events that inspired each work of art, and go beyond the paint and into the minds of the artists behind them. Next, stroll over to the picturesque Literary Quarter, the old stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats – including Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Soak up the atmosphere of this historic neighborhood, and pop into one of the countless lively taverns (drinks are not included in the price). Now it’s time to head to the world’s oldest restaurant, the Sobrino de Botín. Walk past the crowds outside and enjoy VIP access to the restaurant before it opens. Follow your guide through hidden escape tunnels and traditional dining rooms and learn about the history of this old restaurant. Sit down for a three-course Spanish lunch. The specialty is the roasted suckling pig, which is made in 300-year-old ovens and served with fresh vegetables. Savor some Rioja red wine with your lunch and take advantage of the opportunity to ask your guide all your burning questions about Madrid. Round off the meal with a traditional local dessert. Part ways after lunch, and enjoy the rest of your afternoon, safe in the knowledge that you have ticked off not one but two important attractions in Madrid from your bucket list.

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10,252 reviews

Fabulous museum! Really too much to see in one visit. We highly recommend seeing it with a guide who can share the background information and help create a greater appreciation. Our guide, Mya, was knowledgeable, engaging, and fun!

Our guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor. It was a perfect way to get to know the city upon our arrival. Would definitely recommend doing!

The tour was great team. Pablo was very accommodating and a good storyteller. I highly recommend it.

Easy to use and I liked the app and the explanation of everything

Museum was just amazing. number of pieces was unbelievable.