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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

Skip the line at the Prado Museum in Madrid, and see some of the most influential pieces of European artwork with your own private guide! Hear the history of the iconic building while walking around admiring masterpieces like Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas,’ and learn about the different artistic movements that the museum represents.


  • 1.5-hour private tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the line with your priority entrance ticket and head straight inside the Prado Museum
  • Learn about King Charles III who commissioned the building to be built in the late 18th century
  • See masterpieces by influential European artists like Hieronymus Bosch and Fra Angelico
  • Admire Velazquez’s Las Meninas painting, and discover why it's one of the most talked-about works in Western art

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

Admire the Prado Museum's architecture as well as its art!

Meet your private guide outside Madrid’s Prado Museum and head straight inside with your skip-the-line entrance ticket. As Spain’s national art museum, this mesmerizing gallery contains some 9,000 paintings, and that’s not even mentioning its array of sculptures, prints and drawings. Knowing where to start can be daunting, so let your guide introduce you to its highlights on your 1.5-hour tour.

As you walk around admiring the artwork, hear of the museum’s history from your guide. Housed in an ornate Neo-Classical complex, the architecture of the building is as grandiose as the works of art inside it. After starting out as the brainchild of King Charles III in the late 18th century, the original building soon was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of art it amassed, and so two further annexes were added to hold the growing collection.

As you walk through all the Prado’s buildings, your guide will point out Spanish masterpieces like Velazquez’s Las Meninas, as well as creations by the famous Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. See influential pieces of artwork by Italian supremos, like Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation and Tinteretto’s Christ Washing the Disciple’s Feet, and learn how to spot the differences between the different artistic periods, like Renaissance and Baroque.

Your tour finishes inside the museum, and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide was excellent and we enjoyed the Prado very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We only had 24 hours in Madrid with a requirement to see the great paintings of the Spanish School in the Prado. We were very happy to have booked the Skip the line tour with Marie. Marie was well informed, delightful and had been guiding Prado and other museum tours for over 25 years. Her stories were fun, lovely sense of humour and managed us around the plethorah of people to see what we wanted to see. The bonus for us was the 10 Picassos which were on exhibition from Basel. I would recommend this tour to anyone who specifically is timebound and wants to see specific galleries in the Prado.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Maria was fantastic, so knowledgeable. she taught me things about the paintings I never knew. the Prado is an amazing art collection, don't miss it if you are in Madrid and higher a guide like Maria to teach you about the art. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about both the art, and the best way to navigate the collection. We saw so much in two hours, much more than we would have if we had wandered around on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

She was amazing - our tour guide ties different periods of art history together explaining the various influences certain artist la had on each other and on specific movements - she was the best! Strongly recommend her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I highly recommend this for anyone traveling from another country. Cutting to the chase in regard to the highlights of the facility are nice whenever time is an issue. The tour guide knows exactly what major highlights to show you in a timely fashion and is wonderful at knowing the history.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Our very knowledgeable guide not only escorted us to the highlights of the museum but set the paintings in their historical context and discussed why each was important.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Our guide focused the tour on the masterpieces. He provided a deep knowledge of both the painting and the artists

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

It was okay but we couldnt understand much our guide. He was nice but his english articulation was not so good. He did take us to the most important pieces of the museum and did his best to speak clearly, but sometimes, it was hard to understand.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

The guide we had was very difficult for us to understand. And he was over bearing. We had little or no time to enjoy the museum as he kept us on such a tight leash. Would just have a head set next time and go at our leisure.

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