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Prado Museum Guided Tour

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Prado Museum tour
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Introduction

Visit Prado Museum and admire the works of important artists such as Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, and Caravaggio amongst others known worldwide. If you are a big fan of art you cannot miss this guided tour!


   Daily    1:30 hours
Highlights
  • Visit the National Prado Museum, an international reference museum with one of the most important art gallery.

 

  • Admire more than 1.300 works from renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian, Murillo, Velázquez, and Goya.

 

  • Skip the line in one of the most famous museums in Spain and in the entire world. 

 

  • Have a guided tour to understand the meaning of the largest and the most important collection of Spanish painting.
Key details

LANGUAGE

This tour is available in English and Spanish.

MEETING POINT/ RETURN POINT

Meeting Point: Madrid City Tour Bus Information point at Calle Felipe IV, next to the Prado Museum.

Return Point: Prado Museum.

SCHEDULE

Daily from April to October at 10:00 AM or 03:00 PM.

From November to March: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 AM or Saturdays 10:00 AM or 03:00 PM

DURATION

Approximately 1:30 hours

Description

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III.

However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Museo Nacional del Prado opened to the public for the first time in November 1819.

The Museum's first catalog, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs.

It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

The visit will take place in chronological order:

 -  Starting with the exhibit hall where we will find J. Bosch’ masterpieces (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights.

 - We will then move on to the rooms dedicated to El Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation;

 - Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas.

 - We will end with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.

Included

  • Entrance ticket and guided tour to Prado Museum valid for one day, until closing time.
  • “Skip the line” access.
  • Monolingual guided tour.
  • Individual radioguided system.

Excluded

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Gratuities (optional).
  • Transportation.

CANCELLATION RULES

Cancellations less than 48 hours or no show, a fee of 100% will be charge.

No cancellation fee if you cancel until 48 hours prior to the activity date.

Additional info

  • This tour is available in English and Spanish.

April to October:

Mondays

10:00 AM and 3:00 PM: English.

Tuesdays

10:00 AM and 3:00 PM: English.

Wednesdays:

10:00 AM: Spanish.

3:00 PM: English.

Thursdays: 

10:00 AM and 3:00 PM: English

Fridays:

10:00 AM: English. 

3:00 PM: Spanish.

Saturdays:

10:00 AM: Spanish.

3:00 PM: English.

Sundays:

10:00 AM: English.

3:00 PM: Spanish.

November to March:

Tuesdays:

10:00 AM: English.

Thursdays:

10:00 AM: English.

Saturdays:

10:00 AM: Spanish.

3:00 PM: English.

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Please be aware that this tour includes a walking, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Prado Museum visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Museum Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please reconfirm your booking 48 hours before it starts by email or phone. Living Tours Spain Contact: [email protected]/+34931191093.

Nearest town

Madrid

NEAREST AIRPORT

MAD - Madrid-Barajas Airport

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