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Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Madrid

Prado Museum picture in Madrid
Prado Museum picture in Madrid
Prado Museum picture in Madrid
Prado Museum picture in Madrid
Prado Museum picture in Madrid
Prado Museum picture in Madrid

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Price & Hours

  • 15 euros (about $17.50) for adults; free for kids and students 25 and younger
  • Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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  • Museums Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3
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    4.5
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    3.5
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    4.5

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One of Madrid's most famous museums, the elegant Museo Nacional del Prado is consistently touted by travelers as a must-see. Opened in 1819 at the encouragement of Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza (King Ferdinand VII's wife), the museum contains 8,600 paintings and more than 700 sculptures, featuring Spanish, Italian and Flemish styles of art. Among the most famous works featured include Velazquez's "Las Meninas," Goya's "The Third of May 1808," El Greco's "Adoration of the Shepherds." Travelers note that sometimes it can be difficult to get close to these famous paintings, recommending that visitors come early or late for the best chance of seeing these works without hordes of others. 

There are often lines outside the Prado, so plan on getting there early and make sure to wear comfortable shoes. The Prado charges an admission fee of 15 euros (about $17.50) for adults (visitors younger than 18, and students 18 to 25 get in for free with a paying adult). If your itinerary allows, try to visit during the museum's free hours (usually the last two hours of the evening). However, if you consider yourself an art aficionado, heed the advice of past visitors and allot at least half a day to tour the museum. 

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find the Prado adjacent to Retiro Park, and reach the attraction off the Atocha or Banco de España metro stops. Along with a gift shop and cafe, the museum also offers lockers and audio guides (for an additional charge). For more information, visit Prado Museum's website.

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