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A Guide to The Prado Art Museum

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Many people consider the Prado Art Museumor Museo del Pradoto be one of the finest international collections of European art. Here, youll see famous works of art that youll recognise, as well as lesser-known works that will amaze you. It is undeniably the best collection of Spanish art anywhere in the world.

The museum also boasts the largest collection of Italian art outside of Italy. Their collection features items dating from as far back as the 12th century up to the early 20th century. The Prado holds dozens of works by the great Francisco Goya, as well as other masterpieces by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Diego Velazquez, El Greco, and many more.

The Prado is one of the most visited institutions worldwide, with a record of 2.9 million visitors in 2018. They boast an extensive collection with approximately 8,000+ drawings, 7,600 paintings, in addition to thousands of prints and sculptures. Many of these works are frequently on temporary loan to other institutions, but the Prado displays an estimated 1,300 works in their main buildings.

This historic museum is not one to be missed. But with such a massive collection and so many visitors, youll want to prepare your trip carefully.

What to Know

The museum is open during the following hours:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10:00 to 20:0
  • Sundays and holidays: 10:00 to 19:00

On 6 January, 24 December, and 31 December, the museum is only open from 10:00 to 14:00. It is closed on 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.

Ticket prices are subject to change but on average are:

  • General ticket: 15 euros
  • General ticket plus a guide book: 24 euros
  • Ticket for two visits in a year: 22 euros

Where to Stay

  • Ritz Madrid:If you want a luxurious stay while youre here, you should opt for the Ritz Carlton Madrid. With classic elegance and a quick walk to the museum, youll spend your whole trip engrossed in beauty.
  • One Shot Prado 23:A great budget option, this hotel is close to several museums. It features modern and comfortable rooms at low prices.
  • Room Mate Alicia:This chic hotel features artistic touches like floor-to-ceiling windows and avant-garde designs. For families or those who want an elegant break from the city now, this is a great choice.
  • Me Madrid Reina Victoria:This minimalistic hotel is crisp, cool, and refreshing. Youll enjoy a great restaurant on site. The hotel is just a short distance away from the Prado and other museums.
  • Hotel Villa Real:This traditional hotel is centrally located and comes complete with cosy touches to make you feel at home while on vacation.

What Else to Do in Madrid

After youve seen every exhibit at the Prado Art Museum, you can relax and unwind at one of the many tapas bars or outdoor dining places. You can also get lost in more culture at the Royal Palace or Mad Cool Festival. Check out our list of things to do in Madrid for more suggestions!

How to Get There

Getting to the Prado Art Museum is not a difficult thing to do once youre in Madrid, especially if youre staying close.

Once you arrive in Madrid, you will likely want to seek out a car hire. Rentals are available at Madrid Barajas Airport as well as Madrid Chamartin Station.

Madrid also has a good public transit system, and you can find many good routes from the station, the airport, or even from one of the Spanish coasts ferry ports. Once youre in town, you can get around more locally using the bus system.

If you decide to go with a car for hire in Madrid, youll likely find places to park your car either at your hotel or at any of the train stations for a small daily fee. From there, you can easily get to the Prado Art Museum!