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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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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.
  • 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
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.

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Bernardo S
, Oct 2018

The tour was good, our guide excelente, very enthousiastic, a good art exopert, so we have the opportunnity to see the main masterpieces in a few minutes, and after the tour we could stay in the museum as long as we liked.I only don't give the maximum score because the tour is named "Skip the Line", but my wife and me, as all the other members of ou group had to be in an huge line, under the rainm for a long time.The tour hadn't any preference, and as we anda a lot of other partivipants had arrived sooner we coul stay in the line, but as told we tought that we would not stay on line.

Anthony R
, Oct 2018

The headsets provided were not working well making it very difficult to enjoy and here our tour guide

, Aug 2018

Skipping the line was worth the extra cost but having a bilingual guide who knew how to find the masterworks and explain the art in a historical context was a real plus. I am not sure how it compares to the rental audio available at the museum but the interactive nature was more fun. I highly recommend this tour.

Kenneth D
, Jul 2018

If you are visiting Madrid, you simply have to go! This place is simply a wonder! If you can spare more than 2 hours, take the 5 hour tour. I was attending a festival in town and could not give up the longer time frame. The Prado wound up being the last of several great tours I took in Madrid, and it worked out really well. Everything is here! So if you can remember some of the history lessons from previous tour guides, it will all come together in the Prado. Though the tour lasted two hours, you could stay and look around on your own after the tour. You could also leave and re-enter the Prado on the same day with your ticket. I was “taken aback” by the immense size of these paintings. They are not small. They are epic.

These tours depend on the guide, and we had a wonderful guide from Julia Tours. I believe her name was Arroyo, but I forgot to take a snapshot of her ID badge. I would very much like to have her be my tour guide on my next visit to Madrid. She was knowledgable, friendly, and had a passion for her subject. Clearly, she knew a lot about many of the works in this museum. Next time, I take the 5 hour tour. There is just so much here that is fascinating.

There were only a few drawbacks to this tour. 1) pictures in the Prado are not allowed. I picked up a guidebook on the way out. This is standard in pretty much every museum I visited in Madrid. 2) The description of the meeting location was not precise. There are three city information points that are next to the Prado. We had folks at all three and thus we started late. I was one of the late ones and felt really bad. The meeting point is at the City Information Point above the statue of Goya on Felipe Street.

Even if you do not want a guided tour, pay for a “skip the line” ticket. There’s a booth in the median of the main road (Prado). The main entry line can get quite long during tourist season. Make sure you pick up a “plan” of the museum or you will be lost. Pay for the audio tour, you’ll get a handheld device that will tell you about the history of the artists and their works.

This was so much worth my time, thank you!

James T
, Jul 2018

Without question, the Prado is one of the world's greatest museums. What made my visit so much more was the tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, interesting and interested in making sure the tour (of 3, including me) a memorable experience.

Kimberly D
, Jul 2018

We enjoyed our tour. Beautiful museum and city. Our director was informative and gave much information about the artists and their works.

fannia l
, Jul 2018

To short of a visit to see it all, but thanks to this guided tour we were able to see some of the most important works from famous artists (El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, etc)

Patricia S
, Jul 2018

Because our taxi caused us lost and time. We did missed whole time for the museum. We were so disappointed very much after we paid the taxi at three time high rated and even the admissions. Everything was ruined by the taxi and the address I’d our hotel were uncleared. We wish that we could visit the museum. The rate for this attraction is nothing do with this. Blamed on other submitted.

, May 2018

Worth it

Tracey D
, Apr 2018

Great tour! Isabella, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and really made our experience at the Prado an amazing one!

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