The Prado Museum ( PRAH-doh; Spanish: Museo del Prado [muˈseo ðel ˈpɾaðo]), officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to house one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. The numerous works by Francisco Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, are some of the highlights of the collection. Velázquez and his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum's fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now the largest outside Italy.
The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents. As of 2012, the museum displayed about 1,300 works in the main buildings, while around 3,100 works were on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions. The remainder were in storage.
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Daniel Hilling-Smith | Feb 28, 2018
This is a must-do in Madrid. Buy tickets online to avoid waiting in line. Wear comfortable shoes as you are going to be standing for a while. Best is if you can spend a few hours here. A lot of Goya artwork. Be sure to get up to the top level as there is some great art there, but it is not easy to get to. Also take time to check out the sculpture, much of it from around 100AD. Cafe is ok and a good option for light fare but it is not gourmet. Some special exhibits do require you to register at the front ticket counter for a visiting time to avoid getting too crowded. Have fun!
Emma Mcshane | Feb 25, 2018
Amazing, something I've wanted to do for 30 years and now I have. Really impressed with the flemish renaissance pieces. Fantastic to see all of these works in the flesh as it were. Museum well laid out. Did the queue from 5.15 and got in free at 6.10 and still had nearly 2 hours to see what I wanted to see.
Bettie Fatal | Feb 21, 2018
The Prado is beautifully curated and absolutely huge. My boyfriend and I heard it's free after 6, so we went. Despite waiting in the biggest line I've ever been in, it moved quick and we had plenty of time to see our favourite pieces. Don't let the line scare you, but get there a bit before six to be in the front of the line.
Kathy L | Jan 24, 2018
Normally very expensive at 15 Euros. But they let people in for free 2 hours before closing! Despite the VERY long line, I think they let everybody in eventually so it's worth the savings. I lined up 30 min before the free time so got in quickly. Inside is huge and lots of great art to see. Best to plan ahead though as you can get quite lost in the maze of art and hallways. Great collection.
Luis Gavalo | Jan 11, 2018
So much classic art. A wonderful museum with lots of great artist and sculptures both Greek and Roman. The bottom floor was my favorite including the El Bosco exhibition. Goya and Velasquez as well. For 15 Euro a pop it's definitely worth a visit when in Madrid. If you wait for closing you can also go in for free within the last two hours of the day. You will have to check the hours of operation depending on the season and day (Sunday's close a little earlier).
alka kaushik | Apr 19, 2018
One of the best museums on European art, particularly famous for Goya and Rafael besides a lot of paintings by other Spanish artists of renaissance period. Must visit for any person with inclination for arts and culture as also for those who are keen to learn more about biblical episodes like Jesus on way to cavalry, holy family with lamb, the last supper, Christ on cross and of course, Christ's resurrection. No need to take audio guides (worth €14) since detailed information accompany most of the paintings. Visit Mon to Saturday from 6PM-8PM and on Sunday from 5PM to 7PM for free hours.
Jesse Washburn | Mar 30, 2018
A huge, must see art museum that is free with a student ID from the US. So many incredible pieces that you don't have to be an art expert to enjoy. Pace yourself and plan ahead because you'll need at least 2 hours to hit most of it quickly. They will store large bags and coats for you at the front desk and there is a nice cafe to get a snack and take a break.
Jinjin Chen | Mar 27, 2018
It's one of the best art museums in the world. No need to bring your cameras as you can't take any pictures here. There are several good and famous art pieces here in this small museum. Unlike the Louvre, MET, to the British Museum, you can view all the pieces of art works in one day, unless you want to have comprehensive art historical tours.
David Walker | Apr 11, 2018
This is one of the great museums of Europe. With works by El Greco, Bosch, Velazquez, and Goya there is much to see. Of course there are many other greats represented here as well. It can be done in a day but you will be quite tired. Two shorter days would be excellent if you really want to take everything in. If you just want to hit the big names an afternoon would be adequate but you will have to keep moving.
Alexandra Bjargardóttir | Apr 3, 2018
Beautiful museum, a definite must-see, though the sheer amount of pieces can be a bit overwhelming. If you intend to see as much as possible you should expect to spend several hours in there. The layout is slightly disorganized but they provide a good map of the museum which points to where the most notable works are located. You cannot take photographs inside the museum at all, even though there are no signs or instructions saying so on the walls, information leaflet etc. This leads to a lot of people taking photographs which leads to extremely annoyed museum staff who are not especially polite when instructing visitors not to take pictures, consider this your warning 😁
Larissa Proctor | May 8, 2018
The museum and it's artwork is famous, so there's not much to say about the contents of the museum. However, my complaint is that it's so difficult to get an affordable guided tour in English. The museum doesn't offer tour guides, only audio guides. The tour guides are contractors and none were available when we arrived an hour after the museum opened. Also, the museum doesn't have a water fountain! I was told I could fill up my water bottle in the bathroom sink. No thanks. Finally, be sure to buy the ticket in advance online to skip the longest line. There's still a line for these tickets but it moves fast and was not long. The regular line was enormous!
Jessica Moore | May 19, 2018
Beautiful Museum. We were able to see works by Rafael, Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso. I especially liked that there wasn't too much walking involved. The museum also had escalators. There's a cafe with great coffee. Don't take pictures or you'll get in trouble. Must see in Madrid.
Linda Martin | May 16, 2018
Ace art gallery well laid out with great paintings. Recommended buying tickets on line in advance, the queues are long. There is a cafe for the breaks you will need! I suggest choosing the artists you want to see and concentrating on them rather than trying to do it all.
Kathy Stivin | May 21, 2018
Avoid the line if you enter at Plaza Murillo before 2pm. This entrance is for groups but if there are no groups, the staff happily sells you an entry ticket and NO lineups. Fantastic collection of Goya, Rubens and others. It needs more than one day. Bring proof of age if you are a senior, and enter at half price.
Kristen Seaman | Jun 16, 2018
A really incredible museum. The building itself inside is very beautiful and it offers a wide array of paintings. I would recommend going here more than once if possible. It is really easy to get overwhelmed in here because it is so big. The first time I went I was just visiting Madrid so I spent about 4-5 hours in this museum and only saw about half of it! Now that I live here I visit often because the museum is free to students. Definitely take advantage of this if you are a student!
chillout movies | Jun 19, 2018
Great experience...😉 the staff is professional and prepared for the languages (Italian, English, Spanish were my case). The structure is well organized and the artists are placed within chronological groups, thing which makes the visit an historical voyage. Great for schools or art enthusiasts, i recommend it for a cultural adventure. The only downside: some of the artistry historically kept here has been moved, (also the Guernica), thing which reduces the main interest in the museum. Pictures are strictly forbidden.
Julie Nolker | Jun 24, 2018
Very large collection of older art with some fantastic pieces from Goya. They also had two very good special exhibitons while I was visiting. Its of course a very large museum and you should definitely plan enough time for it. If you are visiting the golden triangle its best to read up what sort of art each museum holds because all three are quite large and they take a lot of time to go through so you may not manage all of them in one trip.
Dave S | May 29, 2018
A must go in Madrid to see great paintings and sculptures by renowned artists in the 1400s to 1800s. No photos allowed and be prepared to spend a good 5 hrs there (3 storeys). Just buy the ticket from opposite kiosk at 15€ or buy it online to avoid the queue, those waiting in the line are students or senior citizens whom can enjoy discounted ticket prices. There is a big cafe inside so you could take your meals there.
Dandelion Head | Jun 8, 2018
Need more than a day to explore the awesome paintings here. So go only if you can give it time and you love art... Else skip, there is no point skimming through... You might as well see the same on Google. Great souvenir shop too.
donya ghmtp | Jul 20, 2018
totally cool and arranged. you can't get lost there. considering how the paintings are categorized you can easily see differences between each countries paintings. service is good. guiders talk English. there are two kind of maps one is brief and on paper, the other one Is audio map on a small device which you pay an euro for it.
Ana Castillejos | Jul 21, 2018
I think it's just one of the best museums there is in the world. Like they say it's based on three main pillars of the Spanish art: Velazquez, Goya and Picasso. Just amazing even if you think you don't know much about art it's totally worth a visit if you are in Madrid. The guide provided by the museum is great if you want to see the most important works without much time.
David Phipps | Jul 3, 2018
Great museum well displayed good but dated lighting that they are replacing. Easy access cool temperature expensive cafe, staff are business like. Security are everywhere but that is to be expected. Three problems 1. Don't check your phone while sitting they think you are taking photos. 2. Don't bother with your water they will tell you to put it away. 3. You can take photos in the louvre but almost no where in Spain. It is VERBOTEN at all times. I understand with flash but....After 3 hours you feel overwhelmed.
Hayley Duyn | Jul 1, 2018
The Prado was a must see for anyone new to the area. We were just visiting for the day but if possible I would visit multiple times over a week. Set aside at least 3 hours to see all of the rooms in this amazing gallery. Staff were very polite and happy to help, most were fluent in English which was helpful for us. If you plan on coming from another location, parking is difficult to find, so I'd suggest you go early or catch public transport alternatively.
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