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

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour tour of the Prado Museum in Madrid with skip-the-line entrance
  • See the highlights of the Prado Museum’s incredible collection with an art expert guide
  • Hear tales of King Charles III who commissioned the Prado to be built in the late 18th century
  • Learn about influential European artists like Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco
  • See masterpieces like Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco Goya’s The Family of Carlos IV
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

See 'Las Meninas' by Diego Velazquez

Skip the long lines and get right inside the Prado, Madrid’s most famous art museum, during this 90-minute guided tour covering its top highlights. This insider’s discovery of this top-notch cultural institution, limited to just 20 guests per group, is sure to give you a new perspective on Spain’s incredible art history.

Start your visit at 3pm outside the Prado, where you’ll meet your guide for the day and receive your priority-access admission to the museum, allowing you to jump right past the crowds and head straight inside. 

This incredible art museum is one of Spain’s, and Europe’s, finest, covering more than 9,000 paintings plus numerous sculptures, drawings and prints. Learn about the museum’s founding as you wander with your guide. Originally devised by King Charles III in the 18th century, the collections housed in this neo-classical building soon outgrew the space available, resulting two-further expansions.

Follow your guide as you visit some of the museum’s top pieces in chronological order, beginning with a look at the work of Hieronymus Bosch including his The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Seven Deadly Sins. Proceed next on an exploration of the works of Spanish renaissance artist El Greco, whose output includes sculpture, architecture and painting. Learn about his unique style as evidenced in his work The Annunciation. Continue to view Las Meninas by Velazquez, considered by many to be one of the most iconic artworks in Western history. End your art tour with a look at The Family of Carlos IV by Francisco Goya, a work that includes an image of the artist himself — an unexpected decision at the time it was painted in the 19th century.

End your Prado visit inside the museum, where you can continue your exploration at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

Sergey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was great!!!

my.c.cotton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

OMG I Loved it. I had a wonderful time,

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent way to visit this world class museum!

margo1952

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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Lawrence M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide did an excellent job of analyzing major works. He also gave us an overview of the museum so we could continue the tour on our own without fear of missing something really important.

Alan S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide was really good!

joelheft

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best guide ever. Very enjoyable

Victoria D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

So glad we did this tour. The guide was excellent. Enough detail to keep us interested and not overwhelm us.

Mary Jo H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great tour because otherwise the museum might have been a little overwhelming. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. She took us to all of the most important works found there but we also had time to explore after the official tour was over. Some very incredible art not to be missed.

Christian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful. This is a beautiful amazing museum and the Tour Guide for our Private Tour was excellent. Loved it. Only wish we had more time.

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