The Museo del Prado Madrid, which will be reaching its 200th anniversary in 2019, is world-renowned as one of the finest and most extensive collections of European art. The museum is named after the meadow on which it stood (‘Prado’ meaning ‘meadow), and was designed by the architect of the Enlightenment in Spain, Juan de Villanueva.
Take your time and explore thousands of drawings, paintings and sculptures from world-famous, groundbreaking artists like Goya, El Greco, Titian, and Velazquez – all kept in immaculate condition for centuries. The Prado, Madrid should be the number one stop on your tour of Spain, if you hold any interest at all in Spanish and European art history.
- Visit the largest and most vital collection of Spanish art, worldwide
- See originals by Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian, and Goya
- Explore Prado’s extensive sculpture collection, with hundreds of sculptures and a few hundred fragments too
- Learn about European and Spanish art movements and schools between the 15th and 19th century
- See the Dauphin’s Treasure
Know before you book
- The skip-the-line ticket does not have an option for discounted seniors ticket
- If you are under 18, a student aged 19-25 with valid student ID, or a teacher accompanying a school group you can enter the Museum for free
- Access to the Museum takes place up until 30 minutes before closing time
- Food and drinks are not permitted inside the museum, except in the café
Prado Museum Information:
Here’s a breakdown of what the tour of the museum might look like. In the event you get hungry, there is a cafeteria on site, however, no food or drinks are permitted outside of the cafeteria. There are also a number of restaurants and eateries close by.
El Prado Tour Times
The museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily.
This is a full-day ticket. The duration of the tour is entirely up to you and depends on how long you would prefer to stay there.
Tickets start at $20 for adults. However, free admission is provided for persons under 18, students aged 19-25 and carrying valid student ID, and teachers accompanying school groups.
Skip the line access and entry to all temporary exhibitions. Check out the different options below:
First opened to the public in 1819, the Museo del Prado in Madrid is a hallmark of Spanish and European art over the centuries. It holds the world’s largest collection of art from that region, and houses thousands of pieces of art from hundreds of years ago, all in an incredibly well-maintained and curated museum. It’s also home to a large number of historic documents of interest.
The museum holds a number of incredibly precious artworks such as a huge collection of pieces by Francisco Goya, famous for his central role in the Romanticism art movement. They also undertake a number of intense art restoration and research projects, such as their study of the Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) in 2012, which used infrared technology to create a restored image of what the Mona Lisa may have looked like when it was first painted!
On your tour, you can expect to see thousands of artworks currently on display in the main building. Since it can be difficult to decide what to see first and where to go, there are three organised routes that focus on the masterpieces, and what the museum considers to be their most important works of art.
These tours date all the way from the Romanesque period to the 19th Century. Also on display is the Dauphin’s Treasure, a collection of gorgeous Royal jewels from Spain’s monarchy.
You can also purchase an audio guide in many different languages, to swiftly show you to the works of artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, and Zurbarán. The museum will be expanding with new buildings and collections for their bicentenary this year!
The Museo Nacional del Prado would be a mistake to miss for any travelers with an interest in Spanish / European art history, with a chance to see such well-kept, seminal artworks in person. The museum is a Spanish national treasure, and an icon in Europe too, so be sure to include it on your itinerary!
Facilities at El Prado, Madrid
There is a cafeteria in the museum, as well as bathrooms, all of which are accessible for persons with limited mobility.
There are no limits on group size or capacity, so this tour is perfect for school or college tour groups.
- One of the world’s most renowned art collections from Spain and Europe
- Perfect for school or college tour groups
- Skip the Line!
- Cafeteria on hand
- Very young children may get restless
- There are one or two spaces which aren’t accessible for those with limited mobility
Specification: Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tickets & Guided Tours
Almost all of the museum is accessible for persons with limited mobility, as well as the bathrooms and cafeteria
With this tour's all-day ticket, you can stay as short or as long as you wish
Booking fee, Entrance to the Museo del Prado, Skip the Line, Temporary Exhibitons
Audio Guide (These are available for EUR 3.50), Food and drinks, Tour guide
|Meals & Drinks||
No meals provided
Children, Persons with Limited Mobility, School or college tour groups, Travelers with an interest in art history
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