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Museo Nacional del Prado

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Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 902107077
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Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: The Prado has one of the largest art collections in the world, and is best...
The Prado has one of the largest art collections in the world, and is best known for its diverse assortment of works by Velasquez, Goya and El Greco.
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One of the greatest treasuries of art

Entered with the Madrid Card, which uses a separate entrance that had no queues and a little VIP feel to it. This is one of the top collections of art in the whole world, so to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Entered with the Madrid Card, which uses a separate entrance that had no queues and a little VIP feel to it. This is one of the top collections of art in the whole world, so to get the most out of it, you probably need to do a bit of reading up first. (It's too tiring and time consuming to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Skip this one and visit Thyssen instead, go for a walk in Retiro a Park, or just sleep late! I suppose it is a great collection of great art but just depressing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful for the Greco alone. Great place. Not for the casual viewer. Full of art historians dreams. Marble floors and swooping architecture make this lovely even just to vist the building. Make sure you visit the basement for some really early religious artworks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I really can't begin to tell how many paintings they have! It is a bit overwhelming but if you just take a deep breath you will be stunned with all the art they host. don't miss it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Huge museum with large queues to buy tickets. It is a good idea to check out on line beforehand what you want to see as you can spend a lot of time wandering aimlessly if you don't have a plan! Beautiful museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

First, weekends get super busy, buy your ticket online *yes I know it's 1 Euro more* but this will save you alot of time and you can use the 2nd floor entrance. I was able to enter the museum on a weekend shortly after opening. The main entrance is on the lower floor but you probably need to line up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an art museum that is as good as any I've seen. There are so many masterpieces here that you can actually find yourself getting bored with "yet another Goya." That's what I call one of them good problems. When we were there, admission was free from 18:00 to 20:00. I almost felt guilty not paying to see so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I prefer more recent art but not going here during your first trip to Madrid is just wrong. The art here is absolutely some of the best in the world so take the time and go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The layout could definitely be improved. We had a shortlist of pieces we wanted to see, and still missed some. It was hard to get near Bosch's "Garden of Delights" as it's the sort of piece people want to linger over. The coffee shop was a welcome rest; my feet were killing me! It was a nice touch that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The last couple of hours a day are free but beware, the queues are long. We waited 25 minutes watching the worst of the queue move along. Something for everybody I would have thought.

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Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
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