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Prado Museum Guided Tour

Prado Museum Tour
Skip the Line

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

April to October: Daily at 10 A.M., 12:30 P.M. and 3 P.M.

November to March: Tuesday and Thursday at 10 A.M.; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 12:30 P.M.; Saturdays at 10 A.M. and 3 P.M.

DURATION

Approximately 1:30 hours.

Full 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.

IDIOMAS: Español e Inglés.

April to October:

 

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

10:00h

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

12:30h

ENG/SPA

ENG/SPA

SPA/ENG

ENG/SPA

ENG/SPA

ENG/SPA

ENG/SPA

15:00h

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG

ENG


November to March:

 

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

10:00h

-

-

-

-

-

ENG

-

12:30h

SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG

SPA/ENG

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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 pick-up and drop-off.
  • Tips (optional).
  • Transportation.

Cancelation rules

Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Reviews

From an art lover with love
As an art lover I was overwhelmed by the quality of the paintings (mostly Prado displays paintings). Goya room was extraordinary. Bosch, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian, Murillo, Velázquez and many others. We could see much more but we will need 2 full days. The guide was kind and well informed.
Lisa
best way of not waist your time on cues
In the first day we arrive to the Prado Museum around 9 a.m but the enormous cue made us give up. We estimate that would stay there until enter about 3h. We rethink our plan and decide to buy the entrance online and with a guide. Next day we return better prepared. We skip the line and follow our guide. Well informed tour and spare some time with the orientation inside the museum. Don´t waste your time on cues, try to buy your entrance online with guide or not.
Donny
Fantastic colections
Prado is without any doubt one of the top museums in Europe, maybe in the whole world. With more than 1000 works of art it is impressive for the choice it offers. Our tour took about 2 hours and we only saw some of the masterpieces. As our guide explain each painting has it own history and to name them all it would take years. Great tour to do if you done have so much time to spare but I advise to take the whole day to see more.
Rachel Smith

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