Prado Museum

Address: Paseo del Prado, Madrid, 28014, Spain
Telephone: 902 107077

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission to the main collections is 7 or 8 euros for online and telephone bookings ( 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

Backpacks of any size must be checked into the cloakroom, but bags of any other shape are okay.

Buy tickets online to save time and money.

Prioritise what you want to see if you only have a few hours.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture