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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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Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
$48.52 per adult
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Very informative tour!
Olaya, the tour guide, messaged the day before so we knew exactly where to meet. During the tour of the museum, Olaya was great! She took us on a historical journey going through the different centuries and showing us different perspectives of paintings revealing more details, which you could never figure out on your own Informative tour and a very friendly tour guide - highly recommend!
Evo_C, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Madrid

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Prado Experience
Suzanne_H, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
It was a very good experience. The guide was entertaining and gave us a lot to think about. Because of Covid we were all required to wear masks. Our group was small, 5 people, but I was unable to hear the guide. I think when you are working with more than one person, some sort of system should be employed so everyone can hear.
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Inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable
Cormac, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Great introduction to the Prado I found Fernando to be highly knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour Would certainly recommend this tour
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Simply one of the most informative and thorough tours I've ever taken!
stanford, Aug 2021
El Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (tickets included)
Wow... our tour guide was so passionate and knowledgeable about the Prado, the Palace and all of the major highlights of Madrid! He was absolutely Exceptional!!! One of the most informative and thoroughly enjoyable tours I"ve ever taken! He even gave us an amazing walking tour filled with a full narrative of all of the areas between the prado and the palace! Absolutely EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE!! Our tour guide... he knew his facts about Madrid like an Encyclopedia!!
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Prado - exceptional experience
MICHAEL_G, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Fernando made our visit to the Prado an exceptional experience. His knowledge, passion for the exhibition and witty humor made our private your enjoyable snd memorable. Thank you, Fernando.
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A must see in Spain!!
Wilfredo_M, Jul 2021
Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line
It was a good tour. The Prado Museum is a place to visit at least once in any trip to Spain. It is full of history and it gives the opportunity to appreciate the many beautiful works of art on the Spanish masters and also they’ve works from all over the world. Having that said, the time having with the guided tour was to short even though our tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable of the masterpieces she took us to appreciate.
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Excellent tour
Kim, Jul 2021
Private Tour Prado Museum + Reina Sofía
Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the paintings and artists that we covered. Truly a art historian!
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Awesome tour!
Nick, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Fernando was a great guide! He's very knowledgeable and had an answer to every question. Without his guidance, I would have been lost among the >1000 artworks of the Prado. He provided a helpful overview combined with in-depth explanations on the most important artworks.
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Amazing tour!
Maria_L, Jul 2021
El Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (tickets included)
The tour guides very knowledgeable!!! They answered all the questions that we had. They were great !
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Efficient way to get a Prado overview
Miranda_S, Jul 2021
Private visit at the Prado Museum
This was an interesting, time efficient way to navigate the Prado. Fernando was informative, patient and easy to meet up with.
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Wonderful trip to Prado
FleurStefanie_v, Jun 2021
3 Hour private tour of The Prado Museum, Madrid
A wonderful 3 hour tour of the Prado with Jaime can be highly recommended. The hotel pickup was right on time. This was our first visit to the museum and we only saw the highlights and Jaime provided us with interesting stories about the paintings. I think this is the best to really get the most out of a first time in museum that is worth visiting many times.
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Great experience
Muhammad_S, Sep 2021
Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English
Fernando is a great guide. He’s very friendly and explained things in detail. He has good knowledge of the art pieces on display.
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Best way to spend half a day in Madrid.
Lily_G, Jun 2021
Private Guided Tour of the Prado Museum in Madrid with fast entrances and pick up at the hotel.
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.

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 There

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)