• Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 90 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.

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

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

Peter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Outstanding tour! I like art but wouldnt say Im not an art lover as such - didnt even know who Goya was until we went to Madrid, but I love history and this tour was fascinating. Our guide was simply brilliant in explaining everything. Seeing such old painting in superb condition blew my mind. This tour was one of the highlights of our visit. It would not have been the same if wed just wandered in by ourselves. Highly recommended.

Stav

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate to have an excellent guide who took us around to see a selection of paintings and explained the finer details of these.Although the tour was about an hour and a half it was worthwhile doing in such an enormous museum which could be overwhelming had we visited it independently. We had the opportunity to stay as long as we wanted after the tour but we we were satisfied with what we had seen.

Suzanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

the meeting point could have been more specifically defined- it sounded like an office but it is actually the stand were the hop on hop off tickets are sold in front of the Prado. I love art museums and was with my sister who doesn't have that much knowledge. She loved it because the guide showed us so many interesting things about the paintings that you wouldn't know without a guide. We were lucky as everyone spoke English in our group so we only had one language. After the tour you can stay on and spend as much time as you wish on your own. We were very happy we had a guide.

LUCILLE R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Extremely knowledgeable. Maintained a good pace.

LUCILLE R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great guide. Extremely knowledgeable and maintained a good pace. Upon completion, we were allowed to go on our own but she had covered the museum sufficiently for a typical tourist.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Worthwhile tour. Guide was excellent showed the most famous painting and explained what was signify the about them. Ive suggestion - it wouldve been helpful to identify the tour guide if she had a sign or a jacket indicating the tour groups name.

Suzanne B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Love this tour and saw so many amazing things. Definitely worth the extra euros in order to Skip the Line. Thanks Viator.

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great guide. I was pleasantly surprised what she ended with. -

Esther S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour was really interesting. The tour guide provided lots of information. The tour length was just enough. We hit the highlights if the various rooms.

Christen M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Just enough of the important information about the most famous paintings so our heads didn't explode. Really enjoyed it!

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