Museo del Prado

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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 c...

    It was fifth time in Madrid and in the Prado and it never disappoints. This time was very special since I hosted my son, his wife, and the two granddaughters, ages 12 and 13, who live in Granada. My son met his wife in Madrid and just before their first daughter was born they moved to Cadiz. They had only passed through the airport in the past years and this reunion and the tour of all the galleries was very special. My granddaughters stayed with me for the tour and I had a of all the important artists we wanted to see. Goya, Velasquez, Ribera, Ruebens and on and on. The Bosch exhibit was particularly fascinating and as a retired teacher, it was so fantastic to "teach" the museum to my young granddaughters. The map and layout was easy to follow and we found all the important works on my list, easily. I highly recommend this gallery as a "must-see" on Madrid!

  • Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

    2. 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.

    With a museum so full of historic significance- our tour guide really helped to bring to life the key paintings- their history- and their importance in world, church, and Spanish history.

  • Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

    3. 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 expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and La Latina and see the House of Cervantes and the La Latina Theatre. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Church of Los Jerónimos, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

    Our driver was Ivan and he was very good. We really enjoyed our tour and his descriptions. Definitely will higley recommend him.AAA +

  • Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    4. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line 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 Pra...

    Tour was good and the guide was very professional. We took the kitchen tour for an additional cost.

  • Madrid: Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour for up to 4 People

    5. Madrid: Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour for up to 4 People

    The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Madrid (depending on option chosen) in a fun tuk-tuk vehicle. Get comfortable and meet your driver/guide then set out on a sightseeing adventure through the vibrant streets of Spain’s capital city. During the tour, visit a selection of Madrid’s most iconic landmarks, monuments, sights, museums, neighborhoods, and more. As you explore learn about local traditions and culture, you'll gain a better understanding of life in Madrid. You’ll also stop at a number of hidden gems that only locals know about to see a more authentic side of the city. At the conclusion of your unforgettable trip, simply sit back and relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

    we got the 8pm tour . it was great seeing Madrid at night with all the lighting.

  • Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

    6. Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

    Meet your private guide at Plaza de Cibeles, and begin your 2-hour tour learning about the monuments around the square. Continue to Retiro Park, Madrid’s popular and vast green space. Explore the park and see Madrid’s oldest tree and the San Jeronimos Church, where King Juan Carlos was crowned in 1975. Visit the Prado Museum with your private guide. Skip the lines and head straight into one of the world’s most important art museums. Admire works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, El Bosco and Goya. The Prado guided tour lasts around 1 hour and you’ll cover all the must-see works of art. Your tour ends inside the museum, where you are welcome to stay after the tour.

    Ana guide very polite and transmits to know the works. It explains well and in a very easy way to live the work of art that we are admiring. we love it.

  • Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

    7. 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, and has a special emphasis on the paintings that have changed the History of Art and became universal referents. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. You then 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...

    Great informative tour, including a bonus walking guided tour through the city on the walk between the Museum Prado and Royal Palace.

  • Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

    8. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

    Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

    The touristic guide was exceptional, very kind and pleasant. Explains everything quite calm. Recommended.

  • Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

    9. Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at the popular Prado Museum before setting off on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour, which has been designed to showcase the very best of Madrid in a short space of time. Follow your guide through the bustling city, watching the locals go about their day in the busy capital. Pass by historical landmarks including Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace, and learn about their fascinating history from your guide. You’ll also wander through narrow streets, bursting with authentic charm and tales of the city. Discover ancient stories and hidden treasures as you explore and see sights including Cervantes House and the Old City Hall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Madrid’s impressive history, as well as of the landmarks themselves.

    Very nice and interesting tour with a local guide around the city! I highly recomend ;)

  • Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

    10. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

    The Prado Museum is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, containing an enormous number of works. Together with your guide, you will tour these masterpieces, with explanations of each work provided to you by your experienced guide. You will span in detail this great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. 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 of 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 Meni...

    We had Alicia and she was an incredible guide. Knowledgeable and kind. Entrance was quick and hassle-free. Definitely recommend.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 ticket 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.

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8,057 reviews

We had Alicia and she was an incredible guide. Knowledgeable and kind. Entrance was quick and hassle-free. Definitely recommend.

good introduction tour to the Prado..overview of main highlights with some time for self explorations

we got the 8pm tour . it was great seeing Madrid at night with all the lighting.

Excellent experience with overwhelming paintings and sculptures of Europe.

Well organized and very informative. Highly recommended