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Top sights in Madrid
A visit to Madrid isn’t complete without a dose of Spanish culture. With over 7,000 paintings at the Museo del Prado, you’ll see some of the best artworks from Spain and across Europe. From Goya to El Greco, here are our top 5 paintings not to be missed.
A leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez’s Las Meninas is his most famous work. The royal family is shown with masterful perspective, use of light and atmosphere.
Grand master of Spanish Art, Goya is shown on all 3 floors of the Prado. In Madrid’s most emblematic artwork, Goya depicts the battle between Spanish patriots and Napoleon’s army.
This is one of the great paintings of the Spanish Renaissance and one of El Greco’s most famous works. Take note of the unknown man’s expressive gaze and natural hand gesture.
This triptych shows three scenes: paradise, hell and the creation of Eve and the fountain of life. Created by early Dutch master Bosch, don’t miss this complex, beautiful work.
A Flemish Baroque painter, Rubens emphasized movement, color and sensuality. No exception here — the Three Graces, born of Zeus’s affairs, lived joyously among the gods.
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
In Central Madrid, the Prado is located on Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014. The nearest metro stations are Banco de España and Atocha stations. The following bus lines also access the museum: lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
A popular cultural site in Madrid — and well worth it — the Prado will most likely welcome you with a long line. Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.
The size of the collection can be overwhelming. Audio guides can be purchased once you enter the museum; 50 masterpieces are highlighted and can help focus your tour. Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.
- When should I visit?
- Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Is it expensive?
- General admission: €14. General admission & official guide: €23
- Will I need a guide?
- An audio guide is highly recommended. The size of the collection can be overwhelming.
- How to get there
- Take the metro to Banco de España or Atocha. Or, use the following bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
- Additional information
- Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.
- Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.
What people are saying about Museo del Prado
The tour proceeded quite quickly and Miriam was very capable and took us to some of the most important works, explained them and often the political or royal story behind them, as well as the artist's connection with the subject. Most importantly, she showed us the development from the Spanish school of the 15/16th centuries, when perspective was not understood, to the Italians of the same era who had developed these techniques, exemplifying them with relevant works. I found this an important aspect of understanding painting of those times, as well as of the history then. A truly excellent guide who managed all the above, and more, under very trying conditions, with crowds of people vying to see each work and many people talking. My only issue was that the tour only lasted just over 2 hours, when 3 were promised & some time had been taken up with headset organisation, & the tapas promised turned out to be kilometers away (maybe a walk of 30-40 minutes)& we would have to go alone! Bad!
The Prado of course seems to be the main attraction in terms of the galleries, if the crowds are anything to go by. But even in late September crowds are in all the galleries. This is expected. But you would gain by visiting, even if you are not a regular gallery visitor. I saw two temporary exhibitions both giving a different slant to the main artists presented from the Canon of art but also many Spanish artists not seen by me before. I also saw a glowing and familiar work by Fra Angelico that had recently undergone an extensive conservation process. There was an excellent video, in a comfy little theatre, describing the process. This was a highlight on this occasion. An exhibition on Ballenciaga’s dress designs and their, at times, seemingly tenuous relationship to paintings he encountered from an early age was a timed exhibition due to the extensive interest. The idea must have undergone extensive research. It was also a new slant on my experiences in many galleries.
Ana picked us up at out hotel on time and we had a pleasant walk to the Prado. The visit to the museum exceeded the expectations for me and my wife. Ana's expertise in art and history was impressive but not overwhelming. The time flew by as we conversed for hours. Unlike many guides, the conversation was not one sided and the give and take was truly educational. At no point did we feel like Ana was on a clock or forcing us to move too quickly through the museum. We are still talking about our experience. Highly recommend!
It was our first time at the museum and we loved it ! First we went to the temporary exhibition and then we headed to the main museum which is huge. We spend more than 2 hours and we didn't finish seeing it. The ticket on the other hand, supposed to be a skip-the-line ticket, but it was just for the ticket desk...which we had to go anyway to get a physical ticket in order to enter the museum - so instead of skip-the-line we had a normal ticket.
The museum opened at 10.00 am, by using your service we entered the museum at 10.05 am. The museum exhibits are wonderful, well worth the visit for anyone interested in famous artists from a number of countries, particularly those from Spain.