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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) Tours

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The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) houses one of the finest art collections in the world, specializing in European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are on display throughout its halls, and they represent merely a fraction of the total collection. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Perhaps the most famous paintings are “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Velázquez, and The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from Hieronymus Bosch.

The Basics
The Prado is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris, and that means just about every visitor to the Spanish capital makes a stop here. Travelers have plenty of buy-ahead options for touring the collection—everything from a basic entrance ticket or skip-the-line access to a private guided tour. Choose a standard admission ticket or a city attraction pass that also offers entrance to Almudena Cathedral, the Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes), the Madrid cable car (Teleférico), and the Barcelona Wax Museum (Museu de Cera). The museum is often included as a stop on guided city sightseeing tours. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This museum is a must-see for art lovers.
  • The museum offers a free locker and cloakroom at all entrances.
  • Nearly the entire museum, with the exception of areas in the Villanueva building, is wheelchair accessible.
  • If you’re looking for later works of art, Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum features a post-19th century art collection.

How to Get to the Prado Museum
Travelers visiting the Prado Museum independently can get there by taking the Madrid metro to Banco de España (Red Line 2) or Atocha (Light Blue Line 1). The latter is about a 10-minute walk from the museum entrance.

When to Get There
As one of Madrid’s most popular attractions, the Prado Museum often has long ticket lines, especially on summer weekends. Lines are much shorter or nonexistent in winter. To beat the crowds, especially during the peak summer season, buy a skip-the-line ticket. You can also plan to arrive a few minutes before the ticket office opens or in the late afternoon when most crowds have departed and Spaniards are enjoying their afternoon siesta.

A Short History of the Prado
In 1785 King Carlos III commissioned the Prado as a natural science museum to accompany the neighboring botanical gardens. When it opened in 1819, however, its purpose had shifted to displaying an extensive art collection gathered by Spanish royals.


Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014, Spain
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm, Sun and holidays: 10am - 7pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, December 25
Admission: Adults: €15, free for students ages 18-25 and children under 18
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Skip the Line: Tickets for the Prado Museum in Madrid

Skip the Line: Tickets for the Prado Museum in Madrid

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Skip the line at the Prado Museum in Madrid, and see some of the most influential pieces of European artwork like ''Las Meninas'' by Velázquez, ''The Garden of Earthly Delights'' by Bosch or ''The Three Graces'' by Rubens. The Museo del Prado opened to the public on 19 November 1819 as a Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture. In 2019, its Bicentenary is being celebrated as a commemoration that will reveal the path covered since 1819 until today. In total, there are more than 7000 painting and almost 1000 statues. However, this museum stands out for containing the largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, some numbering more than 100 works. (You will skip the line to buy the tickets for the Prado Museum. However, there is a security check you must pass and it is possible that you may have to wait there for a moment).
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$27.15
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Skip-the-Line Prado Museum English Guided Tour for Maximum of 4 People

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum English Guided Tour for Maximum of 4 People

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This tour goes through the Prado Museum highlights. There are more than one thousand paintings inside (no, we didn't make a mistake, that's the truth), so we can't explore it all, nevertheless, we provide the base for you to go on your own after the visit. That's why we like to describe this as a didactic tour. However, if you're an Art Pro, we've got good news: since we're going to be only 4 people, you can choose what to see and make requests, and that's why we like to describe this as a flexible tour. If you are coming in a bigger group, send a mail and we'll arrange the visit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$53.68
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$53.68
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Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top cultural attractions and draws crowds that pay testament to its popularity. Admire highlights by the likes of El Greco, Bosch, and Velazquez with your guide. You will visit Reina Sofia, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Dali.
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  • 4 hours
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$58.50
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$50.90
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Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum

Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum

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Visiting the Prado Museum with us is the assurance of a unique and authentic experience. We make a point of honour of the quality of the visit, which is achieved through a totally personalised service adapted to your needs. The visit begins at your hotel where your English-speaking guide will pick you up to discover one of the most beautiful art collections in the world. Treating yourself to the services of a private guide is a unique moment during which you will learn the history of the works and the painters in an authentic way. Our visits are unique and different from all the others you can find in Madrid, we want above all that each visitor feels unique, the fast entrances are included in the price which ensures you enter directly into the Prado Museum without going through the classic queue. Your guide will be at your side throughout the visit and will make sure you feel comfortable.
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  • 2 hours
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$141.91
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Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line

Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line

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Skip the notoriously long lines and save time with this guided tour, during which you can admire one of the best collections of Spanish art in the world. Don’t worry about figuring out where in the vast collection to begin; instead, you’ll be guided through some of the Prado Museum’s best exhibits, where you can enjoy Goya, El Greco, and Rubens masterpieces, among others.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$48.13
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Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and intriguing history of Spain’s spectacular capital on a half- or full-day walking tour of Madrid with an accomplished private guide. Inform your guide of your interests prior to your tour then enjoy a customized itinerary that promises to satisfy all cultural cravings. Enjoy complimentary public transport and pre-planned logistics as you discover significant sights such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid whiles listening to commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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$168.97
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3 Hour private tour of The Prado Museum, Madrid

3 Hour private tour of The Prado Museum, Madrid

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Visit Spain’s most important gallery, the 3 hour tour will allow you to see the essential works. The guide can pick you up from your hotel or also at the entrance of the gallery, next to the statue of Goya. The price of the tour includes the entrance ticket, which will also allow you to avoid the large queues. During the tour not only will you get to know about the most important pieces, but also you will gain a general understanding of the evolution of art over the centuries. The greatest masters of all time are waiting for you inside.
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  • 3 hours
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$113.87
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Prado Museum Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

Prado Museum Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most popular museums and it’s surrounded by magnificent architecture. On this private tour, admire surrounding sights like the Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune Fountain, and Retiro Park, before using your skip-the-line entrance tickets to gain priority access to the art museum. Once inside, enjoy a guided tour of the highlights including masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, and Rembrandt.
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  • 2 hours
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$37.02
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Guided Tour Prado Museum only in English

Guided Tour Prado Museum only in English

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The Prado is such a sizable museum, brimming with many of Europe's most celebrated works of art, that it's easy to get lost wandering its impressive galleries. On this guided tour, skip the line, and avoid the hassle of mapping your Prado visit. Follow your guide to the Prado's top masterpieces—including works by Durero, Bosch, and Goya—and learn the history of these celebrated paintings.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Prado Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

Private Tour: Prado Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

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Enjoy an enriching cultural experience on a tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum with a private guide. Sail past the long lines and crowded entrance hall at Madrid’s immensely popular Prado Museum with a priority access pass. Tour the museum with your guide in order to maximize your cultural experience; admire artistic masterpieces by the likes of Velazquez; and gain fascinating insight into the history and cultural significance of the artworks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$191.28
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Prado Museum Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line and optional Tapas Tasting

Prado Museum Expert Guided Tour with skip-the-line and optional Tapas Tasting

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Make the most of your time in Madrid by visiting Prado Museum with a guide. You’ll save time waiting in long visitor lines by having a skip-the-line entrance ticket. Ensure that you don’t miss any of the museum’s most important art pieces by having a guide to teach you about the collections. Highlights include work by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Peter Paul Rubens.
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  • 2 hours
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$43.19
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Madrid Prado Museum Private Guided Tour for Kids and Families

Madrid Prado Museum Private Guided Tour for Kids and Families

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Take a 1.5-hour private guided tour around Madrid’s Prado Museum with a focus on the kids. The children engage in scavenger hunts, games, and other interactive activities as you discover the museum’s masterpieces. See artwork by Bosch, Van der Weyden, Goya, Velazquez, and many more and learn the history of these pieces from your informative guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$208.55
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Private visit at the Prado Museum

Private visit at the Prado Museum

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Just you, the people you came with, the guide and Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Greco ... (Well, this people, they are actually painters, we mean, they are there but only in a symbolic way). This enjoyable tour goes deep into the Prado's collection, one of the largest in the world. We are up to discover the Art. LGTB version available too !!
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  • 2 hours
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$107.16
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$107.16
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Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

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Discover the delights of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour, and skip the lines at the world-famous Prado Museum. With an informative guide, explore the manicured lawns and avenues of Madrid’s popular relaxation park, seeing attractions such as the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the lake and more. Hear about the park’s development through the centuries and afterward, gain fast-track entry into the neighboring Prado to explore its stunning art galleries independently. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$55.53
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$55.53
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day

Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day

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The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum are two of Madrid’s most visited attractions, but it’s easy to waste hours standing in line. This two-part tour ensures a hassle-free experience, with skip-the-line entrance to the palace in the morning and a guided evening tour of the Prado art museum.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$66.00
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$66.00
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Skip-the-Line Madrid Guided Tour: The best of Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen

Skip-the-Line Madrid Guided Tour: The best of Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen

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Skip the lines and get a guided tour at three different museums along Paseo del Prado Street. This half-day tour lets you see great works of art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Prado Museum, and Centro Nacional Reina Sofía Museum. Get lost in the worlds of Goya, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Lichtenstein and more and use your ticket to return to any museum later on the same day.
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  • 5 hours
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$94.40
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2-Hour Tour of Prado Museum in Madrid

2-Hour Tour of Prado Museum in Madrid

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Visit one of Europe’s most important art collections on a 2-hour tour of Madrid’s famed Prado Museum. Housing more than 8,000 works of art, the museum can be overwhelming to visit independently, but you will see the most significant and admired paintings and sculptures, including works by Spanish, Dutch, and Italian masters. Learn about the stories and figures behind the art, representing the best of diverse periods from the Renaissance to the height of Impressionism.
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  • 2 hours
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$71.57
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English Guided Tour to Prado Museum in a Small Group

English Guided Tour to Prado Museum in a Small Group

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Skip the lines at Madrid’s Museo del Prado with fast-track access, and discover a world-renowned collection brimming with masterpieces by European artists including Velázquez, Goya, and Raphael. Explore both the temporary and permanent collections with a professional guide, and gain insight unique into works reaching as far back as the 12th-century.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$56.00
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Private Tour Prado Museum + Reina Sofía

Private Tour Prado Museum + Reina Sofía

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Did you know that Picasso was Director of the Prado Museum in a very short way? In fact, at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona you will find not a few "copies" of Las Meninas. Can there be a better way than knowing the artist from Malaga than knowing Velázquez, the great teacher whom the genius of the 20th century admired so much? We propose this tour as a simple and fun way to explore the history of painting.
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  • 4 hours
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$185.11
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$185.11
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8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Spain’s rich Andalusia region and the medieval city of Toledo on an 8-day tour of Spain from Madrid. Visit an impressive array of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites as you explore the diverse country; delve into the richly decorated chambers of Granada’s Alhambra complex on a guided tour; relish the powdery sands of the Costa del Sol’s beaches; and observe a cosmopolitan combination of cultures in Toledo, a medieval walled city boasting a remarkable architectural tableau. Stay in 3- or 4-star accommodation for seven nights and enjoy informative guided tours and transportation by luxury coach.
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  • 8 days
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$1,262.09
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Madrid Panoramic Tour with Museo del Prado

Madrid Panoramic Tour with Museo del Prado

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Madrid on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the Spanish capital’s cultural and architectural highlights. Select between a morning and afternoon departure, and then embark on a panoramic coach tour with a guide. See prominent landmarks like Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España and Real Madrid FC’s football stadium. Stop at Madrid’s atmospheric Hard Rock Café for refreshment and gain free admission to the globally renowned Museo del Prado after your sightseeing tour concludes.
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  • 3 hours
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$51.83
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$51.83
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Private guided visit of Prado Museum of Madrid with official tour guide

Private guided visit of Prado Museum of Madrid with official tour guide

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Experience one of the world’s top art museums with this private tour of the Prado. Meet up with a knowledgeable guide, craft an itinerary that suits your interests, and explore a massive collection that includes works from famous painters like Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, and Diego Velázquez.
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  • 2 hours
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$191.28
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$191.28
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Skip-the-line Prado Museum & Reina Sofia Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Prado Museum & Reina Sofia Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Skip the lines at two of Madrid’s popular museums on this private, guided, full-day tour that lets you see art your way. Meet your guide and skip the line at the Prado Museum to behold works of art by masters like Rembrandt, Goya, and El Greco. Skip the line again at the Reina Sofia Museum to see contemporary art from Salvador Dali and others, and learn how surrealism influenced culture.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$221.07
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$221.07
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Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour

Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum Private Tour

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Beat the crowds at the Prado Museum on a private half-day tour that starts when the doors open to Madrid's famous museum. There you can view masterpieces by Velazquez, El Greco, and other artists, then continue to the Reina Sofia to see modern art by Picasso and Dali. Your private guide ensures that you see the highlights of these important Spanish museums even with limited time.
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  • 4 hours
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$155.23
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What are Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) hours of operation?
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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) hours of operation: Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm, Sun and holidays: 10am - 7pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, December 25. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 137 Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) costs USD 27.15. Guided Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tours start around USD 27.15 per person. See all 137 Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tickets and tours on Viator.
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