Museo Nacional del Prado
Museo Nacional del Prado
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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  • David_MTL_514
    Montreal, Canada244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must see
    One of the best ways to discover a nation/country is to look into its history. This museum does it, some really famous paintings on display (Goya, Bosch etc). the only thing is that the museum staff unlike other europeans museums didn't allow pictures/videos.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Carsten H
    Svendborg, Denmark39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The outstanding art museum in Madrid
    We have been back to El Prado after more than 10 years and even if it already then was a fantastic experience, after the refurbishment of the whole museum, it is absolutely outstanding. The collections are, of course, unique and the main reason for visiting, but the buildings, the rooms and the whole setting is close to being the most beautiful museum we have ever visited. So supportive of the beautiful art that it is housing. You would need a week to take in all the outstanding pieces, but as a service to the general public, the entrance is free for two hours every evening. That normally takes some waiting (usually about a 20-30 minutes), but it remains a fantastic service and enables you to visit the museum various times during a stay in Madrid.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Mark In EC
    Carlsbad, California20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Possibly the finest art museum in the world
    El Prado is a must see for anyone visiting Madrid and hopefully you've booked your tickets ahead of time online. Every single room of this large museum demands your attention so do allow a good chunk of time, say five hours, to do it justice. Photography is prohibited, a major disappointment, but the crowds of people would be even more unmanageable with everyone taking photos. The audio guide was very helpful but following the sequence of rooms is somewhat confusing. The room numbers are often hard to find and many of the artwork description plaques are placed too low on the wall and use tiny fonts. Minor issues, to be sure!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas410 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Prado Museum-Leave Your Camera, but Bring Comfortable Shoes
    It would take days to see everything in this incredible museum. It is very well designed and laid out pretty much by artist and sculptor, but some rooms are combined. Use the free brochure at the entrance to make a plan. There is one negative that most museums don't have. They don't allow any photography in the collections...and they enforce that restriction immediately. Most museums I've visited prohibut flash photography which makes sense, but allow non-flash. The Prado doesn't. That negative is completely over-ridden by the incredible way every room is designed. The masters can be seen and studied from very close. This museum is astonishing on the depth and variety of displays. Can't recommend it high enough.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Shacheb75
    Republic, Washington215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Visiting the Prado was great. We went in the evening and got free entry so that was cool. The museum is large and has lots to see so put aside a few hours, wear comfortable shoes, and enjoy all the different types of art the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Kenneth Pages
    Tampa, Florida1,196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend an hour spend a day
    I visited the Prado Museum with my husband and we had a wonderful time. The museum is one of the most important art museums in the world, with a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from various periods and styles. We decided to get audio guides since they have suggestions for 1, 2 or 3 hour visits. We were there for 2 hours and that seemed like a minimum time to spend. The audio guides were very helpful and informative, and they also had different languages available. The service at the audio guide counter was very nice and friendly. The museum was well organized and had good signage as to where to go and what was contained in each gallery. We saw some of the most famous works by artists such as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian. The paintings were stunning and impressive, and we learned a lot about the history and culture behind them. Some of the highlights were Las Meninas by Velázquez, The Third of May 1808 by Goya, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens. We really enjoyed our visit to the Prado Museum and we highly recommend it to anyone who loves art and history. It is a must-see attraction in Madrid and one of the best museums in the world.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Jennifer J
    Tampa, Florida469 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    Prada National Museum has a very large collection of paintings. It’s very easy to spend hours here because there is so much to see. Admission will run you about €15 and there is a security check point before entering. No food, drinks, recording or photos allowed once inside the gallery. There are lockers available to visitors. I would recommend visiting the museum if you find yourself in Madrid but come early to try to avoid crowds!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Alexander H
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if the subject matter interests you
    It's a world class art museum. If you don't like Spanish art this probably isn't the place for you but if seeing Velazquez or Goya interests you then this is a must visit. I didn't find it overly crowded at any time and it was a pleasure to walk through.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • CK2000
    New York City, New York301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Museum Collection and Audio Guide
    This museum houses some of the most important works of Spanish art. It is a large and impressive collection. We highly recommend the audio guide for those who are are art experts. There is an option for an one, two or three hour tour or a tour of the full collection (9 hours). We did the two hour tour and then just supplemented it whenever we saw some interesting pieces (by selecting the audio number of the artwork for pieces that had information). The audio guide is excellent and well worth it. We booked tickets online and with the confirmation, we went to pick up the tickets at the office (north entrance). There is a line for non-ticket holders and a much shorter line for those who already have tickets. Then we walked around the corner to Jeronimos entrance where we waited a few minutes before entering. A nice and important museum to visit while in Madrid.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Ulya K
    Medina, Saudi Arabia51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum visit
    A must see for anyone visiting Madrid. What a Rich museum with so much history. Need to go back to see more awesome art. We did not have enough time so unable to see all the amazing collections.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, The Prado is probably my favorite art museum as it contains some excellent examples of Renaissance giants while still managing to focus on noteworthy national artists like Goya, Velazquez, Dali, etc. Seniors can purchase half-price vouchers online and redeem them for entry at windows 1 and 2 at the Goya entrance (north end). It is well worth one’s time to spend some time on The Prado’s website to identify which works one especially wants to see and then map out a route to them on the museum floor plan which can also be downloaded. Entry is free the last 2 hours every day but expect entry lines to be long and galleries crowded during peak travel times; we found it worthwhile to purchase discounted senior tickets and visit over the lunch hour (1 to 3pm) as crowds were light.
Written February 22, 2020
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
On our way to the Prado we saw vans parked near the road with men working to scrub graffiti off the walls; no modern “art” here. The Prado dates back almost 200 years and houses the collections of works favored by kings from Spain’s 16th and 17th centuries, especially those of El Greco (who worked hard for approval from King Phillip II), Titian, Rubens, Goya, and Velasquez. The museum does not feature modern works like those of Picasso, Dali and Miro.

Each room of the Prado had a very specific collection of works. The kings had controlled the organization of paintings by colors and then by the numbers in the lower left corner of the painting as they still are represented today. Our guide Ama gave us lots of historic details that made viewing and understanding the paintings very helpful. She reminded us that the art works of the period were designed for religious reasons because of the strong Catholic influence. We learned that El Greco’s wife died having her baby. El Greco (the Greek) was so distraught over this that he painted his wife’s likeness as the Virgin Mary in his painting The Adoration of the Shepherds, his most famous work. King Phillip never appreciated El Greco and so he stayed in Toledo where he was better received.
The museum does, however feature long lines, so yes be sure to buy advance tickets or you will waste a lot of time in line as it is always crowded.
Written January 14, 2020
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johnxboy
Hilton Head, SC80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Incredible but get there early. Extremely crowded towards Noon and throughout the afternoon. If you are there when it opens charge towards the upstairs Dutch collection and you will avoid the crowd that heads immediately towards the Spanish collections on the main floor, Eg., Goya. Eventually you must meet the crowd but the initial solitude is pleasant while it lasts. Also, definitely consider buying tickets in advance online, and you totally avoid the huge crowds at the “same day sale” ticket counter. Plenty of bathrooms and lite luncheon cafes are available.
Written January 16, 2020
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Graham Y
Huddersfield, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the Prado and decided to use the services of Ana ,a local guide who stopped us as we passed through security and for 15 euros each showed us the most important pictures. She was very knowledgeable about the paintings and showed and explained aspects we would have never seen or understood without her expert guidance. Just finding the room where the painting you know you want to see is difficult enough.
It is warm in the museum even in March when we visited so leave your coats in the lockers in the entrance area before going through security
Written March 9, 2020
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Jip79
Doha, Qatar561 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
After calling the museum to check if accompanying students can come in for free, we booked the online tickets a day ahead so that we didn't have to wait in line. At the entrance, the museum staff made us go back to the ticket counter for the free student tickets. Even with the student ID having photo and date of birth, they still insisted on showing the holder's passport or ID.

When we tried to scan the QR code of the museum floor map at the information counter, only the Spanish version was available. We asked if an English version was available, and the lady behind the counter rudely answered that Spanish was an international language and we should just figure it out from that map. We asked another staff later, and he told us that the English version is on the museum's website. The website also failed to point out that currently most parts of the museum are closed, and so we were not able to see some of the important works from the permanent collection. The museum staff is probably the rudest and most unhelpful, following museum visitors around and prohibiting photo-taking, which is contrary to the practice at other places like the Louvre or Rijksmuseum that allows non-flash photography. Worst of all, since we were not allowed to take photos, they didn't have enough postcards of the important works at the museum shop. The museum should either let visitors take photos, or add the selection of its postcards!
Written July 1, 2021
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fly4fun2
London161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a fantastic gallery, but make sure you know the style of the art on display and the themes as they are specific. I could see many halves of couples that looked bored while the partner was in rapture.

There are many masterpieces here. So many we were there for 7 hours including breaks. Towards they end they tend to blur. There are a lot of religious type paintings (not surprising given the history) and ones of patrons (ie rich families paying the artists way!). If you've not looked at much art before it could be overwhelming, but thankfully the leaflet highlights the major works (around 50!) and you can focus on hunting those down.

We went during a non-school or other holiday period weekday and it was busy. We bought tickets the day before directly from the gallery as we were passing by and saved a little bit of money compared to buying from an agency or kiosk. I think it was €15. If you are a senior, bring id with your DOB on it to get a decent discount.

The cafe was nice, with a variety of food but get there early to avoid the lunch rush. Staff cleared the tables but at busy times you may find them rushed off their feet trying to clear tables.

There are a number of entrances and cloakrooms but remember which one you used (back packs and larger must be checked in) . We had a bit of a wait to collect our stuff as a large tour group had just come in.
Written March 1, 2020
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Alexandra A
Madrid, Spain227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Prado Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting in the world.
The Prado's walls are lined with masterpieces from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools, including Velázquez’ Las Meninas and Goya’s Third of May, 1808. Its collection comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures, so I recommend deciding what you want to see before stepping into the museum. If you are short on time, the Prado's website suggests three itineraries, lasting 1, 2 and 3 hours and covering the museum's most important masterpieces, which for me came really handy. Paintings by Rubens, the Bruegel Family, Jordaens and Teniers. The museum also boasts works by some of the great French, German and Dutch painters including Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt and Watteau.
THE BEST PART:
Free entrance monday to saturday from 18.00 to 20.00 p.m.
Written February 12, 2020
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LiverpoolPeteG
Liverpool, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
A famous and historic art museum with many of the world’s most famous pieces. It has a good customer focus, a really nice restaurant/coffee bar with also an outside terrace, and great toilets. The entrance prices are very reasonable for such an iconic place (especially for older people) and the cafe prices are mid-range for a tourist centre.

I visited in a pandemic and the rules were strictly enforced, in a professional and helpful way, ensuring visitors had their safety prioritised.

It was a huge bonus to find the gallery very uncrowded and to see these great paintings easily from any distance or angle. I visited twice, the second time I signed up for a guided tour with ‘The Best of Madrid’ and I learnt a lot from a friendly, warm and very knowledgeable guide.
Written September 24, 2020
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JDSoui
Tampa, FL6,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The lines are long to get in, but worth the wait. The museum has Spanish, Italian, French, German and other renderings. The Goya gallery was intriguing and reading the motives behind each sketch.

Would suggest purchasing the expedited pass before arriving to assist in skipping the entry into the museum if the goal is arrive first thing.

Note: the museum did not allow any pictures inside galleries in Jan-2020.
Written January 3, 2020
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Richard P
Savannah, GA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Second only to the Louvre in my humble opinion. This will take you at least four hours if you move quickly or have specific masters that you want to see. If you try and see it all, it's easily a full day. The masterpieces are sprinkled throughout the museum so as to disperse the crowds. No picture taking of course but I suspect you could get away with a few here and there. This museum is easily maneuverable. Grab a brochure upon entering. They are available at no additional charge and are available in the language you prefer. These brochures are well done and guide you to the halls containing specific artists. They also provide the room location of each masterpiece. Having tickets pre-purchased is a must to avoid the lines. I don't think a tour is necessary since art is in the eye of the beholder as they say. Enjoy!
Written January 5, 2020
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