Open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-7pm.
Closed January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
Reduced opening times (10am-2pm) on January 6th December 24th, and 31st.
Last permitted entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Day-ticket -2-3hours is recommended as a bare minimum.
What It Is
Museo Nacional del Prado, or, The Prado Museum is a 200 year old National Art Museum in Madrid displaying over 1,500 works of art including Las Meninas by Velazquez, the Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch and The Royal Dauphin's Treasure.
National Geographic listed this museum as one of the top ten museums in the world.
Housing artworks from the 12th century to the early 19th century you'll be able to see paintings by famous Spanish, Flemish, Italian and other European artists - Paintings by Velazquez, Goya, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco and Rubens (to name a few) all hang on the walls at the world-famous Prado museum. The museum also contains more than 900 sculptures plus even more fragments along with sketches/drawings and other important documents that take us on a journey through time.
Your Experience With Prado Museum
Skip-the-line for the ticket office and maximise your time exploring inside Madrid's National Art Museum; Museo Nacional del Prado exploring the permanent collections as well as the temporary exhibitions.
With your full day ticket you'll have time to view more than 1,300 works of art including paintings, drawings and sculpture from some of the best European artists in history at your own leisure.
You'll certainly want to see admire all the paintings by Goya, Velasquez, Picasso and Rembrandt, not forgetting the famous Royal Dauphin's Collection of artworks, but take the time to discover lesser-known Spanish artists too and see what catches your eye as you wander around the museum at your own pace.
Due to the immense size of the collection, 3 routes have been devised for visitors to ensure they don't miss out on seeing any of the best or most important pieces that the museum has on display, alternatively create your own route around the museum.
What Prado Museum Includes?
Access to temporary exhibitions as well as the main collections is included in your skip-the-line entrance ticket.
Explore one of the best museums in the world at your own pace to see works of art by famous Spanish painters including Goya and Velasquez plus world-renowned European artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, and Picasso.
The museum is located in a beautiful historic castle with stunning architecture inside and out which really does add to the experience.
Though primarily known for its paintings, including the Royal Dauphin's Treasure, the museum also has 900 sculptures, and a number of historically important documents.
Things Before Go
Check the website and plan which works of art you want to see - You'll struggle to see everything in just 1 day!
There is a cafe inside the museum serving up tasty snacks and lunches - This is the only place you're permitted to consume food and drink inside the museum.
There are free locker and cloakroom services by the entrances - You will not be permitted to take backpacks and other large luggage items into the museum.
Allow yourself plenty of time to truly take in these masterpieces - Plan for 2 hours absolute minimum, and come prepared with a list of paintings you would like to see.
Is It Suitable for Me?
A must-see for anyone who appreciates art, especially 12th-19th century paintings by the Spanish masters.
Take in the art at your own pace, no need to feel rushed as can sometimes happen on a guided tour.
The skip-the-line ticket ensures you'll have more time to spend inside the museum as you won't need to queue in the long-lines at the ticket office.
Visitors talking about this museum on TripAdvisor, Viator, and Getyourguide are generally very pleased with the skip-the-line access, enjoying being able to whizz past the ridiculously long ticket office queues to spend more of their time viewing the masterpieces on display.
They say it's a 'Really Great Museum', 'A Must If You're In Madrid " and 'A Great Experience".
A few people were dissatisfied as they still had to join a (shorter) queue with other skip-the-line ticket holders.
Best Times to Visit
Before 11:00 and after 13:30 will ensure you avoid the largest crowds, avoiding peak Summer season is also advisable.
Alternatively, if you only want to see 1-2 paintings, visit in the last 45minutes before closing time when most visitors will have left.
See the star attraction; Las Meninas by Velazquez
View the Royal Dauphin's Treasure.
Also see works of art by Goya, Bartolome Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sanchez Coello, El Greco, Rembrandt, Titian, Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, Durer, and Alonso Cano, along with many other famous and not-so-famous names.
Address / Pick up Location
23, Calle Ruiz de Alarcon, Madrid, 28014
A free wheelchair is available for visitor use from the cloakroom area.