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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.

Highlights

  • Prado Museum early access tour, a Viator VIP experience
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the prestigious Prado Museum, only with Viator
  • Admire masterpieces by Bosch, Goya and El Greco, without the general public
  • Learn about Velazquez’s Las Meninas from a knowledgeable guide
  • Tour the Reina Sofía to see its surrealist 20th-century Spanish art

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Early Access to Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia

Enjoy exclusive early access to Madrid's Prado Museum

Depending on the option selected at booking, greet your guide outside of the Prado Museum 10 minutes in advance of your 9am or 9:45am entry time. If you have opted to take a private tour, your itinerary can be customized according to your artistic interests. With your early-access pass in hand, you’ll enter the museum and relish relative solitude and peace in which to admire the art.

Your guide takes you to the museum’s highlights, all the while delivering commentary that contextualizes the art and allows you to appreciate minute details. Marvel at masterworks such as The Annunciation by El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and Las Meninas by Velazquez, noticing their refined composition and style.

Then, proceed to the Reina Sofia Museum, dedicated to Spanish art of the 20th century. Surreal scenes and cubist masterpieces by luminaries such as Dali, Picasso, and Miro abound here. Learn about each artist’s life and the mediums they use to convey meaning before bidding your guide farewell at the Reina Sofia Museum.

Customer Reviews

Hugh V United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

On a trip to Madrid I decided to take the VIP Prado and Reina Sofia tour. I was the only guest to sign up for this tour on a Sunday morning in March and had the tour guide, Irene, to myself. Irene was a university art history graduate with a great knowledge of the art works in both museums.

Cameron N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The Tour Guide was wonderful! She took the time to explain everything in as much detail in English as well as Spanish!

Kim C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I was glad I got the early access there are crowds and lines all day long and I wanted to take my time. I got the audio tour which was great and I when I left the Reina Sofia I realized I'd spent 6 hours viewing some of the most amazing art of our world! Bosch's In the Garden of Earthly Delights was the perfect thing to see the day before I went out to Salvador Dali's house. And viewing Valesquez's La Meninas is a must before viewing both Picasso's and Dali's work - such fun seeing the rifts on these treasures.

Nicholas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a wonderful tour of 2 important but overwhelming museums. Our tour guide, Irene, did a wonderful job moving our group of 11 people through the busy Museo del Prado while explaining the significance of important works in both Spanish and English. The pace was quick, but her information was very interesting and she was always able to provide additional information when asked. After the tour we had about a half hour of free time in the Prado to explore on our own or to relax in the cafe with a cup of tea. From there we moved on to the Reina Sofia - a much smaller and quieter museum, and as a result, this part of the tour felt more personal. Once again Irene was extremely knowledgeable and very willing to share information and answer questions. The highlight of the day was seeing Picasso's larger than life painting, Guernica! One of the things that struck me about Irene was her enthusiasm for the art. Her discussion of the artists and the paintings felt fresh and was delivered with interest. My husband and I completely enjoyed this tour!

Flaneuretta United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

All good.

David N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Irene was a fantastic guide. Learned a lot about Spain through the history of some of its greatest artists.

Megan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Irene was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this tour.

Camilia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was fabulous. Our tour guide, Irene, was very knowledgeable highlighting essential pieces from both museums. I would highly recommend working this tour in during your trip to Madrid.

Eleonora Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Irene is an amazing guide. We have enjoyed both museum. She explained us all the details of the paintings she was showing us and she gave us many pieces of advice very interesting.

I suggest this tour to everybody. Also Irene is very passionate and you can see she loves her job.

lorraine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions great tour because you see the most important and skip lines

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