Prado Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Paseo del Prado, Madrid, 28014

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Value for money:
5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Education, History

Best for Culture - Expert review of Prado Museum

One of the best museums in the world, packed with masterpieces.

The Prado displays superb works by Spanish masters such as Velázquez, El Greco and Goya. The Italian collections contain paintings by Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto, while Flemish artists include Bosch and Rubens. There are usually two or three world-class temporary exhibitions on too.

As well as the art, have a look at the neoclassical building. Designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1785, it was originally intended to be a science museum. Leading Spanish architect Rafael Moneo designed the new extension, which created much-needed extra space. Although the museum is vast, the Prado only displays about 10 per cent of its collections. 

The restaurant serves a fixed-price lunch, but the standard is a bit hit and miss. There are good book and gift shops.

Price advice: 

Admission to the main collections is 7 or 8 euros for online and telephone bookings (www.entradasprado.com). Free after 6pm Tue-Sat, and after 5pm on Sundays. Check the website for discounted or free admission at other times for over-65s, unemployed, students etc. There is a separate charge for some temporary exhibitions, usually 8-10 euros.

Expert tips: 
Prioritise what you want to see if you only have a few hours.
Buy tickets online to save time and money.
Backpacks of any size must be checked into the cloakroom, but bags of any other shape are okay.

More information on Prado Museum:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Art gallery, Landmark / monument, Museum
Address:
Paseo del Prado, Madrid, 28014
Telephone:
902 107077
Website:
http://www.museodelprado.es
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 9am-8pm. Closed Mondays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Rainy days

Have you been to Prado Museum? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (2)

To be honest, after a while everything just got really repetitive. There were a lot of paintings about the same things just done by different artists. There's only so many resurrection and cherub pictures a person can take before it gets boring. In my opinion that is. However, if you're a big art buff the Prado would probably be perfect for you.

a wonderful collection of Spanish masters