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Prado National Museum

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Paseo 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
Fee: Yes
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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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Nice walk through paintings

My expectations were high for this museum and it didn't live up to them. The paintings are amazing but the context ( explanations, signalization...) is very poor. Then it comes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

My expectations were high for this museum and it didn't live up to them. The paintings are amazing but the context ( explanations, signalization...) is very poor. Then it comes down to roming aroud the museum and enjoing the view without undersanding the context.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Every visit reveals a new aspect of the human condition. This visit was no exception. In particular the collection revealed the shortness of our life span. Looking back we are somehow no different as we gaze upon our past. Paintings that caught my eye in particular were the dog by Goya. A firm favourite. The death of Hercules zurbaran francisco... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Think of the artist in the picture painting you and notice the king and queen in the mirror and the dwarf in the forground

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Saluda, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When it comes to paintings, Prado exceeds the Louvre. Explanations of the periods as well as artists and their art abound - in english!!! Organization is by nationality and artist and the map guide pamphlet gets you to what you are interested in. There are few benches so plan to walk and stand for long periods. Prado lines can be... More 

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West Hartford, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the place to go to blow your socks off with art and make yourself feel humbled by the tremendous talent of people who were incredibly skilled at representing their times and the past. Religion is and was so important in art. When I would get overwhelmed by this fact and all the crucifix paintings, I would remember that... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What I particularly like at Prado compared to other top museums is that each painting is clearly explained, making it easy to understand and accumulate a lot of interesting details. If you have more days to spend in Madrid, you can go and visit Prado in a couple of evenings, when the entrance is free.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An absolute must-see, and for more than once. Stunning collection of beautiful masterpieces. Goya, Velasquez, El Greco - you name them, all great artists are present in this outstanding collection. Definitely one of top three museums in the world. We were lucky to visit the temporary exhibition of Bosch as well - a phenomenal painter from Middle Ages, the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing. We had a leisure walk thru the halls of wonderful painters. Lots of people but not too crowded.

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

remember that you can get tickets on line and wont have to wait in the long line. Do some research about what you want to see and map it out as this place is huge and easy to get distracted. Get a map in your language at the front entrance..very helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As one of the guides said, the very best works from the major and minor artisans. However, just be aware that a lot of the works are of catholic images and I can only take so many pictures of "saints" and lactating madonas. Yes, believe it. If you get a Museo del Arte card at Riene Sophia or the Thyssen,... More 

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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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