Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) Tours

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The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) houses one of the finest art collections in the world, specializing in European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are on display throughout its halls, and they represent merely a fraction of the total collection. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Perhaps the most famous paintings are “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Velázquez, and The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from Hieronymus Bosch.

The Basics
The Prado is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris, and that means just about every visitor to the Spanish capital makes a stop here. Travelers have plenty of buy-ahead options for touring the collection—everything from a basic entrance ticket or skip-the-line access to a private guided tour. Choose a standard admission ticket or a city attraction pass that also offers entrance to Almudena Cathedral, the Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes), the Madrid cable car (Teleférico), and the Barcelona Wax Museum (Museu de Cera). The museum is often included as a stop on guided city sightseeing tours. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This museum is a must-see for art lovers.
  • The museum offers a free locker and cloakroom at all entrances.
  • Nearly the entire museum, with the exception of areas in the Villanueva building, is wheelchair accessible.
  • If you’re looking for later works of art, Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum features a post-19th century art collection.

How to Get to the Prado Museum
Travelers visiting the Prado Museum independently can get there by taking the Madrid metro to Banco de España (Red Line 2) or Atocha (Light Blue Line 1). The latter is about a 10-minute walk from the museum entrance.

When to Get There
As one of Madrid’s most popular attractions, the Prado Museum often has long ticket lines, especially on summer weekends. Lines are much shorter or nonexistent in winter. To beat the crowds, especially during the peak summer season, buy a skip-the-line ticket. You can also plan to arrive a few minutes before the ticket office opens or in the late afternoon when most crowds have departed and Spaniards are enjoying their afternoon siesta.

A Short History of the Prado
In 1785 King Carlos III commissioned the Prado as a natural science museum to accompany the neighboring botanical gardens. When it opened in 1819, however, its purpose had shifted to displaying an extensive art collection gathered by Spanish royals.


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Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014, Spain
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Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm, Sun and holidays: 10am - 7pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, December 25
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Admission: Adults: €15, free for students ages 18-25 and children under 18
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Madrid Prado Museum Entrance Ticket

Admire some of Europe’s greatest artworks at leisure with admission to the Prado Museum in Madrid. Spain’s leading art museum, the Prado houses an acclaimed European art collection dating from the1300s to the 1900s. Walk through the halls to view masterpieces by Titian, Bosch, Rubens, Velázquez, Goya, and others, including Velázquez’s ‘Les Meninas’ and Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights.’ Choose a regular or mobile ticket for the day of your choosing.
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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.
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Skip-the-Line Madrid Guided Tour: The best of Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen

Skip the lines and get a guided tour at three different museums along Paseo del Prado Street. This half-day tour lets you see great works of art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Prado Museum, and Centro Nacional Reina Sofía Museum. Get lost in the worlds of Goya, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Lichtenstein and more and use your ticket to return to any museum later on the same day.
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Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

Coast through Madrid on a 2-wheeled, self-balancing electric Segway scooter during this 2- or 3-hour tour of the city's highlights and landmarks. On the 2-hour tour, follow your guide through the city center, passing locations important to the capital city's history and culture such as the San Miguel market, the royal palace and Plaza Mayor. Choose the 3-hour tour to add time traveling through the urban park El Retiro and down the Paseo del Prado. Instruction and use of all equipment included; no experience necessary.
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Private Del Prado Skip The Line and Surrounding Highlights

The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most popular museums and it’s surrounded by magnificent architecture. On this private tour, admire surrounding sights like the Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune Fountain, and Retiro Park, before using your skip-the-line entrance tickets to gain priority access to the art museum. Once inside, enjoy a guided tour of the highlights including masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, and Rembrandt.
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Viator VIP: Early Access to Museo del Prado with Optional Reina Sofia Museum

The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top cultural attractions and draws crowds that pay testament to its popularity. This 4-hour Viator VIP tour, available nowhere else, allows you to enter the museum before it officially opens to the public. Admire art in the absence of crowds and admire highlights by the likes of El Greco, Bosch, and Velazquez with your guide. Also on this Viator Exclusive tour, you’ll visit Reina Sofia, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Dali. Upgrade to a private or small-group tour and enjoy a full hour in the Prado Museum before public opening.
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Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided

Discover all that Madrid has to offer, including art, architecture, culture and history, during this 4-hour combined sightseeing tour and Prado museum visit. Combine two of Madrid’s most popular excursions in one trip, starting with an exploration of some of the city’s most interesting attractions by luxury coach, including the Plaza Mayor, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Los Austrias neighborhood. Then enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Prado Museum, investigating the most famous works in this sprawling institution with a guide. Your combined coach tour and Prado visit also includes complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Café.
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Private Custom Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Prado Museum Ticket

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and intriguing history of Spain’s spectacular capital on a half- or full-day walking tour of Madrid with an accomplished private guide. Inform your guide of your interests prior to your tour then enjoy a customized itinerary that promises to satisfy all cultural cravings. Enjoy complimentary public transport and pre-planned logistics as you discover significant sights such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid whiles listening to commentary tailored to your interests.
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Museo del Prado Private Guided Tour

The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most popular attractions and its impressive collection of Spanish and European art includes masterpieces by artists including Titian, Goya, Raphael, and Rubens. This tour lets you explore at your own pace with skip-the-line entrance, a private guide, and a tailor-made tour to suit your preferences. It’s also possible to combine your Prado Museum tour with a visit to the nearby Reina Sofía Museum.
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Private Highlights and Hidden Gems of Madrid Tour

Experience the highlights and hidden gems of the Spanish capital on this private tour. Accompanied by your private guide, visit memorable landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace; escape the crowds to explore Park Emir Mohamed I and Retiro Park; and enjoy a drink (included) at a rooftop bar with a magnificent view of the city. As this is a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and spend as long as you want taking photos.
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Madrid Triangle of Art Private Guided Tour: Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums

Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ is home to a trio of Spain’s most important art museums—the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen Museum. On this tour, visit all three in one day, maximize your time with prepaid tickets and skip-the-line entrance, and benefit from the expertise of a private art historian guide. Take a walk through art history, from the Renaissance to Impressionism, to modern and contemporary; and admire works by Rubens, Picasso, Goya, Caravaggio, Titian, and many more.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Wonderful green Retiro Park 90 minutes

Explore Madrid’s Retiro Park area by Segway with this experience! You'll start with a safety training during which you'll learn how to properly navigate a Segway. You'll then cross through Plaza Mayor, continuing along past popular sights such as the Prado Museum and Church of San Jerónimo el Real before ending at Santiago Street.
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Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour in One Day

The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum are two of Madrid’s most visited attractions, but it’s easy to waste hours standing in line. This two-part tour ensures a hassle-free experience, with skip-the-line entrance to the palace in the morning and a guided evening tour of the Prado art museum.
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Madrid Segway City Tour

Add a fun twist to your sightseeing as you zip around Spain’s largest city on a Segway. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic 3-hour tour of Madrid’s historic center. Glide down the grand boulevard of Paseo de Prado and around El Retiro park, and hop off along the way to admire landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Mercado de San Miguel.
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2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

Don’t miss an inch of Madrid’s largest park on this energy-saving, guided, Segway tour in Retiro Park. After a training session and safety briefing from your guide it’s time to discover the 117-acres of park space, lakes, statues, and more in this massive urban green space. See it all without breaking a sweat including the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Velázquez, and monument to King Alfonso XII overlooking a lake.
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

Madrid’s Royal Palace (Palacio Real) and the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) are two of the city’s most popular attractions. The lines they attract pay testament to this popularity, so ensure you save time and bypass crowds with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Alongside a guide, you’ll explore the opulent chambers of the Royal Palace, highlights of which include the Official Lounges, the Royal Armories, and the Royal Pharmacy. Then, on a different day, marvel at the masterpieces housed within the Prado Museum, home to thousands of European artworks.
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Madrid Prado Museum Private Guided Tour for Kids and Families

Take a 1.5-hour private guided tour around Madrid’s Prado Museum with a focus on the kids. The children engage in scavenger hunts, games, and other interactive activities as you discover the museum’s masterpieces. See artwork by Bosch, Van der Weyden, Goya, Velazquez, and many more and learn the history of these pieces from your informative guide.
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Madrid Buen Retiro Park Small-Group Tour and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Ticket

Discover the delights of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour, and skip the lines at the world-famous Prado Museum. With an informative guide, explore the manicured lawns and avenues of Madrid’s popular relaxation park, seeing attractions such as the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the lake and more. Hear about the park’s development through the centuries and afterward, gain fast-track entry into the neighboring Prado to explore its stunning art galleries independently. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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Prado Small Group Tour With Skip-the-Line Entry

Plan an intimate visit to Madrid’s sprawling Prado art museum on this 3-hour small group trip hosted by an art historian guide with skip-the-line entry. Bypass the long line at this famous Madrid institution as you explore with a group of no more than six, making stops to admire famous works by painters like Velazquez, Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens, Titian, and more.
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Madrid Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Take a relaxing spin through Madrid’s favorite green oasis on a guided 2- or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. It's a fun and eco-friendly way to explore this outdoor gem in the heart of the city, plus other landmarks like the Literature Quarter, Alcala Gate, and Puerta del Sol along the way.
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Electrical Tricycles Guided Tour in Madrid

Roll quietly through the streets, squares, and parks of Madrid on this electric, passenger-tricycle tour. Onboard this pedicab your guide will pedal you past sites on along routes through either Retiro Park, the city center, or historic architecture. Learn about the buildings and monuments from your guide and watch the world go by as you sit back and relax.
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Madrid 4-8-12 hours Car with driver at disposal

Private Car Service at your disposal for 4 or 8 or 12 hours in Madrid city. The car will be with you for 4 or 8 or 12 hours with a driver. Enjoy your business meeting or your private tour or shopping hassle-free.
  • Duration: 4 to 12 hrs
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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the 37 stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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Andalusian Highlights: 5-Night Guided Tour from Madrid

Experience a whirlwind of food, culture, history and fun during this 6-day, 5-night exploration of the towns of Andalusia in southern Spain. You’ll experience a variety of highlights during your trip, including the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra palace in Granada, and the imposing Cathedral of Seville. You’ll also soak up some history during visits to the medieval quarter of Caceres, the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba and the hilly streets of Toledo. A guide, 5 nights of accommodations, some meals, and coach transport are included. An optional 8-day trip upgrade is also available.
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace during a 3-hour excursion. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods, during which the city's palaces and central squares like Plaza Mayor and Puerto del Sol changed dramatically. Then visit the Spanish Royal Palace (Palacio Real) where you'll see the royal collections and admire its Baroque details. Finish your day at Madrid Rio, the city's newest public park. This Madrid sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees and a soft drink refreshment.
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