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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.


  • 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

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.


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

Pedro B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My wife and I toured the Prado Museum calssical art and the Queen Sofia museum modern art with a small group. Our tour guide spoke in both English and Spanish and answered each and every question we had. We had a particular interest in Fra Angelico and Murillo which were not part of the official tour but our guide was kind enough to direct us to the paintings we wanted to see. Seeing famous works of art by Velazquez, Bosch, Goya and El Greco were a wonderful treat. We could have stayed there for the whole day. We did go on to visit the Queen Sofia and see Picasso's Guernica, but that is really the only interest we had in going there.

Douglas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour of the best museums in Madrid! Our guild was extreamly knowledgeable, knew her art history very well, and answered all questions. I recommend!

Mary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful experience with a very personable and knowledgeable young female guide.

Lesley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nearly missed our time slot as we were waiting at one entrance , but not by the right statue. Where there are a lot of entrances and statues perhaps a map sent out at time of booking would be an advantage. We phoned our guide who gave us directions and waited for us. She was a first class guide. I think her name was Irene. She explained not only the paintings but how the art work was achieved . I have never understood cubism, but she opened our eyes to some of the paintings. She spent a long time with us and also allowed us to have our own free time. Thorougly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I really enjoyed this tour led by a former art history student and she was able to score some tickets to the special Bosch exhibit which was unexpected and great and fit perfoectly between the Prado ytour and the Reina Sophia tour.

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