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

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Explore Madrid’s Prado Museum with an art expert guide after skipping the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket! As Spain’s national museum, the Prado’s collection is staggering in size and a visit here on your own can be overwhelming. Let your guide show off its highlights, like Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and El Greco’s ‘The Annunciation,’ while learning little-known facts about the masterpieces’ histories. This tour operates with a maximum of 20 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience your expert guide


  • 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

Meet your guide outside Madrid’s Prado Museum and head straight inside with your priority-access entrance ticket. As Spain’s national art museum, the incredible gallery contains more than 9,000 paintings, without even mentioning its collections of sculptures, prints and drawings. Its size and complexity means a visit can be overwhelming, so let your guide introduce you to its highlights on your 1.5-hour tour.

Learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork. Housed in a Neo-Classical complex, the building’s architecture is as fascinating to hear about as the works inside it. Having started out as the idea of King Charles III in the late 18th century, the original building soon outgrew itself, and so two further annexes were added to hold the ever-growing amount of European artwork.

Explore the works in chronological order, starting with the Bosch exhibition to see masterpieces like The Seven Deadly Sins and The Garden of Earthly Delights, and then continue through to rooms devoted to Greco – a much-celebrated Spanish Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect. Hear about his stylistic traits, evident in his oil canvas painting The Annunciation, and then visit one of the most influential pieces of artwork in Western history – Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Finish with a look at some of Goya’s works like The Family of Carlos IV -- a painting that features the artist himself – rare for an early 19th-century painting.

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

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent way to visit this world class museum!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide was really good!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best guide ever. Very enjoyable

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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was so knowledgeable and gave us a new perspective of looking at works of art. The museum is so large and overwhelming that it is good to have someone point out the most important works to see. Our tour was in both English and Spanish but she did such a good job of relating in both languages. we were able to stay after to see more of the museum if desired.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was fantastic! The guide spoke very good English which we didn't necessarily expect.
Probably the best guided tour we have ever been on.
I booked this for myself and three others who also felt the same.
Many thanks,
Anne Stevens.

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