Short Guide to Visiting the Prado Museum in Madrid


Needless to say, the Prado Museum is among the most visited attractions in Madrid. Whoever heard of Madrid has most probably heard of the Prado. This is Spain’s best known museum and it’s fain is only overshadowed by an actual visit. Take a look at this short guide to visiting the Prado museum in Madrid to learn all the essential information about location, timetable and what to visit:

A Little Bit of History

Constructed at the end of the 18th century at the order of King Carlos the 3rd, the Prado has been a museum since the very beginnings. In almost 200 years of existence, the museum’s collections had grown to host an impressive number of paintings and sculptures. You have to know that Prado was founded as a classical art museum and it remained one till this day: if you want to familiarize with the great masters of the Roman and Greek sculptors or the Renaissance painters, the Prado is highly recommended.  Today, the Prado gets over 2.5 visitors per year.

Museum Collections and Highlights

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The paintings of the famous Spanish Masters Goya and El Greco are the great attraction of the museum. In addition to these very influential painters, the museum also contains antique sculptures and artefacts, as well as work of art executed by well-known Italian and Flemish artists. In addition to the impressive collection of Spanish paintings from different epochs, the museum also hosts some interesting decorative arts, sculpture and drawings collections. Several halls are reserved for the temporary exhibitions, usually big exhibitions that travel among the big museums of the world.

Getting There

The Prado Museum is situated on Calle Ruiz de Alarcon, no. 23. The easiest way to get there is by subway – the tow stops are Banco de Espana and Atocha. Several bus lines like 9, 10, 14, 18, 27, 24, 34, 3, and 45 will also get you there.

Opening hours and special rates

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The usual opening hours of the Prado Museum are 9 am to 6 pm, with the exception of Mondays, when the museum is closed. On days like Easter, Christmas and New Year the museums is closed, but at most patriotic holidays as well as Prado Day (November 19) and Museum Day (May 18) you’ll get to enter for free. Tickets can be bought in advance or directly at the ticket office for 6 euros a piece. Students, disabled people, children or retired persons can get a 50% discount or in some cases get in for free.

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