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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)
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.


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

Prado Museum 3-hour Private Tour with Skip-the-line

Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to ask questions at during this private tour of the Prado museum. Meet your dedicated guide and proceed directly inside; booking this private tour means you have skip-the-line privileges and will save valuable vacation time. Embark on a whirlwind tour of the museum's most famous pieces, as well as focusing on any pieces are artists that interest you. Upgrade to add on a guided visit to the nearby Retiro Park.
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  • 3 hours
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Museum Tickets & Passes

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 tickets and private guided tour of the Prado Museum

Take advantage of your visit to access the Prado Museum avoiding queues. Your guide will take care of you and will make you travel through the collections of the museum. Rediscover the masters of Spanish, Italian or Dutch painting. Our passionate history guides will unveil the well-kept secrets of the magnificent canvases of the collection.First visit to the Prado? Your guide will show you the most beautiful works of the museum.- A personalized visit, according to your desires *.- A private guide just for you.- Cutting tickets so you do not waste time.- Tickets valid for one day.Enjoy the Madrid Discovery experience now!* Customizable visit in the enclosure of the Prado Museum.
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Expert Led Prado Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

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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  • 3 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line

Skip the notoriously long lines and save time with this guided tour, during which you can admire one of the best collections of Spanish art in the world. Don’t worry about figuring out where in the vast collection to begin; instead, you’ll be guided through some of the Prado Museum’s best exhibits, where you can enjoy Goya, El Greco, and Rubens masterpieces, among others.
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Guided Tour Prado Museum only in English

The Prado is such a sizable museum, brimming with many of Europe's most celebrated works of art, that it's easy to get lost wandering its impressive galleries. On this guided tour, skip the line, and avoid the hassle of mapping your Prado visit. Follow your guide to the Prado's top masterpieces—including works by Durero, Bosch, and Goya—and learn the history of these celebrated paintings.
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PRIVATE Guided Tour with preferential access to the Prado Museum

With our PRIVATE Guided Tour to the Prado Museum, you will dedicate your time to live an unrepeatable experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the Art Walk of Madrid, a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park.The world-wide recognition of the Prado Museum owes to its wide and invaluable artistic collection. Here you will find the essential pictures of the most famous Spanish and European artists from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries among which Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Raphael, Tintoretto and Van Dyck among others.
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Skip-the-Line Tours

Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

Enjoy an enriching cultural experience on a tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum with a private guide. Sail past the long lines and crowded entrance hall at Madrid’s immensely popular Prado Museum with a priority access pass. Tour the museum with your guide in order to maximize your cultural experience; admire artistic masterpieces by the likes of Velazquez; and gain fascinating insight into the history and cultural significance of the artworks.
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Guided Tour to Prado Museum only in Spanish

Guided tour to El Prado Museum, an outstanding Museum of arts. Every secret will be expalined by your guide only in Spanish.Skip the line and explore El Prado with a knowledgeable guide who will offer you an unique experience. The guide will take you directly to the masterpieces that you cannot miss. Admire the wonderful paintings made by Durero and The Bosch. Discover the story behind the paintings and the secrets hidden in the details. See highlights like Las Meninas and Goya's paintings.
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Guided Tour with Preferential Access to the Prado Museum

With this Guided Tour of the Prado Museum, you will dedicate your time to live an unrepeatable experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the Art Walk of Madrid, a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park.Our Guided Tour will show you the most spectacular collections in the world, including, among other masterpieces, the Velazquez Meninas, the Goya Black Paintings or the El Bosco Garden of Delights. You can also admire the works of the best painters of Italy, the Netherlands or Germany, from various styles and periods from the Gothic to the Baroque of Rubens, from Romanesque to Renaissance or Neoclassicism, knowing the context in which they developed their different techniques pictorial that influenced both after their artistic periods.
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PRADO MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

I will explain you all about Prado Museum. In quite different ways as is customary with conventional tourist guides companies. Or audio guides, provided by the Museum itself. In this private Prado MuseumTour, by an official guide of Madrid Government, I will discuss with you:- The history of each masterpiece- The creative artist- The contextual environment and the relationship with other schools of painting. I will also provide a painting technique analysis. And, best of all, the secrets that hide behind the masterpieces of the greatest masters. All this explained in a fun and easy to understand manner, which is the best way to learn, enjoy and appreciate art.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided SMALL GROUP Tour with Preferential Access to the Prado Museum

With this Guided Tour of the Prado Museum, you will dedicate your time to live an unrepeatable experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the Art Walk of Madrid, a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park.The world-wide recognition of the Prado Museum owes to its wide and invaluable artistic collection. Here you will find the essential pictures of the most famous Spanish and European artists from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries among which Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Raphael, Tintoretto and Van Dyck among others.Our Guided Tour will show you the most spectacular collections in the world, including, among other masterpieces, the Velazquez Meninas, the Goya Black Paintings or the El Bosco Garden of Delights.
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Prado museum with Russian guide

This tour is contucted by art professional guide. During two and a half hours you will know:Dutch painting 15-16 centuries: One of the most complete and valuable collections in the museum. We will see the best painting by Rogier van der Weyden, the best triptych of all times of Bosch “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and Peter Bruegel the Elder.The German Renaissance and its most famous representatives are Albrecht Dürer, who is represented here in several paintings and Hans Baldung Grien.Italian Renaissance. Fra Angelico's "Annunciation", paintings by Botticelli, a good collection of Raphael and titans of the Venetian school - Titian and Tintoretto.Spanish painting of the 16th - 19th century. Where else if not in Spain to study Spanish painting. In Prado, it is presented extensively and in detail. Starting with El Greco, Velázquez, Jose de Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, the huge Goya collection etc.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip The Line Madrid Prado Museum Private Tour with Local Guide

Enjoy this 1.5-hour private guided tour around Madrid’s famous Prado Museum. You’ll view works by Bosch, Van der Weyden, Goya, Velazquez, and many more and discover the history of these pieces from your expert guide.• Explore the Prado Museum on a 1.5-hour tour. • See masterpieces by Bosch, Goya, Velazquez, and many more • Enjoy a personalised experience with your own private tour guide
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Prado Museum: Skip-the-Line & Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world.With your full-day ticket and self-guided tour, you will see the best works of the museum collection. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th century.The self-guided tour with mobile app will lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.
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Madrid 2-h Masterpieces Prado Museum tour private

The Prado Museum is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, containing an enormous number of works. Together with your guide, you will tour these masterpieces, with explanations of each work provided to you by your experienced guide. You will span in detail this great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century.Besides works of the major artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Roger Van der Weyden and Dürer, you will get to know everything of Spain's most famous painters; Goya and Velazquez. You will encounter "The Third of May 1808" which, complete in 1814, is about the execution by Napoleon's troops painted by Goya with great drama in which he contrasts the coldness of the soldiers in gray uniforms with the colorful anonymous citizens who are going to die.You will also discover the most famous work of Velazquez, "Las Meninas", which has been the inspiration for later artists like Goya and Picasso.
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Prado Museum Guided Tour in Selected Language tickets included

Visit The Prado Museum with no queues and discover what is considered to be one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from 12th to the early 20th Century. Enjoy masterpieces from Velázquez, Goya, Bosch, and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Prado Museum Art History Tour

I will show you a special selection of masterpieces in the best gallery in the world, while explaining the historical details of each painting, as well as the meaning and techniques used.We will see not only the most important masterpieces in the Prado, but also some of my favorite and lesser-known pieces. You will enjoy some of the great masters: Bosch, Patinir, Rubens, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Goya, Velázquez ...very impressive!And I have some other special surprises for you :-) My explanations of the legends will give you a fuller perspective of the art, and of Spanish history, overall.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Masterpieces of the Prado Museum

This visit-conference to the Museo Nacional del Prado, will allow visitors to get in touch with the masterpieces that have given this museum its international prestige: "The Descent" by Roger Van der Weyden, "The gentleman's hand on his chest "by El Greco," La Bacanal "by Tiziano," San Andrés "by Rivera," El jardín de las Delícias "by Bosco," The three May executions "by Goya, among many others, and of course, the excellent collection of works of Velázquez, where stands out above all "Las Meninas". We invite you to this fascinating walk through the history of European painting.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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MUSEO DEL PRADO: El Grande de entre las Galerías de Arte. Disfrútelo!!

Servicio profesional y exclusivo tras años de formación académica y experiencia, con capacidad de adaptación a sus gustos y expectativas, particularmente con los niños. Con interactivad y flexibilidad, proporciono aproximaciones integradoras al arte europeo global y las conexiones entre sus diferentes escuelas. Además benefíciese de un acceso rápido gracias a la taquilla especial para guias, no malgastando su tiempo en largas colas. Si Vd. lo desea, terminada la visita al Prado, podremos disfrutar un bonito paseo por el Retiro (permitiéndolo el tiempo) llevándoles directamente a los sitios más emblemáticos, más hermosos y más románticos de este antiguo Jardín Real, determinante en el desarrollo de la Corte y de la ciudad. Pero si lo prefieren, podré explicarles el Museo Naval, uno de los mejores de la U.E., con cuadros y maquetas ilustrativas de la proyección española en el mundo, mediante Expediciones y Misiones que expandieron la civilización occidental gracias a la Marina
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Prado Museum LGBTQ Tour

Skip the line with us, and meet Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Rubens or El Bosco among hermaphrodite sculptures, bearded women, kings, queens, princes, princesses… and their lovers. We take you through the most valuable treasures of this great museum, in a tour where we will also show you the symbolism and LGBT history that lies behind the artworks of the Prado Museum. Discover new nuances about the artworks and get more out of your visit to the museum with us.
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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. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then visit the Spanish Royal Palace (Palacio Real), seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. Finish your day at Madrid Rio, the city's newest public park. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees and a soft drink refreshment.
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