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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)
Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

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Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid, 28014

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.

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Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

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Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum
$58.50 per adult
Prado Museum and Reina Sofia museums
I just want to shout out to Steph on an excellent tour of both these museums. I was the only English speaking visitor. She took it upon herself to get a wheelchair for both locations. Her English was impeccable and her knowledge of the subject matter was excellent. I talked with her about Figueres about Dali's museum there. She can look at my Facebook page. My user name is my first name backwards and my last name backwards. I highly recommend this tour for future visitors.
FellowTraveler264078, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Amazing tour!
yury01, Jun 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
We really enjoyed the tour. Fernando is very knowledgable guide with lot of details about many paintings. He accommodated us to see the additional exhibition and was very informative. We can highly recommend this tour and specifically Fernando!
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Best way to spend half a day in Madrid.
Lily_G, Jun 2021
Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum
Great art collection with a pretty low admittance fee (15€/person), but don't go in without an experienced guide. The guided variant is better than Alice's journey through Wonderland. Our guide, Jose, is the greatest guide ever, full stop! He was so passionate about everything and integrated all the paintings in the geo-socio-political events of their time. It was exciting to be able to step back and understand why and how different art appeared not only to witness its beauty. And his english was great, complex vocabulary, good accent and pronunciation.
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Great Experience !!
Eduardo_P, Nov 2020
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Fernando combined what I expect in a tour guide : being very informative and fun at the same time . He was also very flexible, looking for meeting our expectations all time. My family spent a great time and the almost two hours tour came to an end very quickly. I strongly recommend him.
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Private tour of Prado
SoloTraveler, Mar 2020
Private visit at the Prado Museum
Francisco is extremely knowledgeable and knows his way around the Prado museum. We covered a lot of ground in 2 hours. I have done Prado and other museums before but highly recommend the private visit/tour.
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Highly recommended
Laura_Jones, Mar 2020
Private Tour Prado Museum + Reina Sofía
Amazing experience!! I wanted to make a lot of cultural activities during my trip to Madrid and I thought maybe going to the museums with a guide would be worth it. ABSOLUTELY!! Fernando is one of the gratest guides I’ve ever met. He knows everything about the artists you will see and makes you feel the passion he feels about the art itself. So funny and enjoyable experience. 100% recommended!!!
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Private Madrid tour
John_L, Mar 2020
Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket
First... if you want to get a true visit of the Prada museum.... get Marta.. she is AMAZING... normally you would not get me thru the door without falling asleep.. she has opened our eyes to art and interpretation... she made this tour 5+. She is passionate about art and history and the city.. can’t say enough nice things about her.. she was the cherry on top of our visit to Madrid... will be a return destination for sure!!!
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Prado and Reina Sofia museums
Ann, Mar 2020
Skip-the-line Prado Museum & Reina Sofia Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour
Our guide, Pedro, was excellent. He was vey knowledgeable about art, and very enthusiastic to show us the museums. The Prado and Reina Sofia museums are a treasure for Spain.
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Museo del Prado
Kasey_B, Mar 2020
English Guided Tour to Prado Museum in a Small Group
The tour guide took us to the major works and explained their significance and history. She was knowledgeable about the history as well as technique and style, definitely very knowledgeable about art history. We enjoyed the tour and it was only 90 minutes which was perfect because we then had some time to explore our favorite styles on our own after.
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Prado tour
Rach, Mar 2020
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Really nice could of spent a lot more time wandering the beautiful museum listening to all the amazing info our tour guide had to say. His enthusiasm was lovely and informed us on the pieces l was interested in.
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We got more than we thought
Laura_B, Feb 2020
Private Tour Prado Museum + Reina Sofía
The tour was fascinating. We explore Velázquez, Goya and then Picasso with all the connections they’ve got and our friendly and easy-going guide (who speaks a perfect English) provided tons of information not only about both museums, but also about Madrid.
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Too much to see to little time.
Elaine_T, Feb 2020
Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum
One of the great museums of the world seen thru the eyes of an expert. Well worth the time and cost.
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Great walking tour
rangmd, Feb 2020
Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket
Communication was perfect. Avoid the large croud, and move at your own pace. Pedro, our guide, is awesome. He's so passionate about Madrid and all that is has to offer. Very knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating, and enthusiastic. We enjoyed our day in Madrid, and learned a great deal. We would highly recommend this tour.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)