Prado National Museum, Madrid

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Housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world, Prado National Museum is perhaps best known for works by El Greco, Goya, and Velasquez. One of the most visited cultural sites in the world, the museum includes an impressive collection of over 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 5,000 prints, and 8,000 drawings. Though Goya is unquestionably the most extensively represented artist in this collection, other highlights include works by Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Caravaggio, Durer, and van Dyck. The main building was designed in 1785 and constructed during the reign of Carlos III, as part of a grand renewal plan meant to bestow upon the city a monumental urban space. Get the best out of your experience by booking a private tour with an expert art guide. Our Madrid travel route site makes visiting Prado National Museum and other Madrid attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The museum is open but because of Covid, some of the permanent exhibition is closed. The temporary exhibition was great.  more »
  • nice museum with great arts located in the center of Madrid. Its really nice because is free the Wednesday  more »
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  • Organization inside the museum is eclectic in the bad way, sometimes seemingly without much rhyme or reason. Important pieces placed rather randomly, with Goya strewn across the entire place in ways that are not easily understandable nor explained by the museum. Some rooms were packed with pieces, others with sparse walls throughout. No photos allowed, which is a bit weird compared to most other similar places around the world, but understandable. However there are no signs indicating as such, nor is it marked on the tickets or mentioned otherwise. Instead guards randomly will rush across rooms to stop visitors from photos, which is pretty bad for the experience of all guests in my opinion, which could be easily solved by putting some signs up, but whatever. (If there were signs they were very poorly placed as I habitually look for these things when entering an establishment.) Maintenance and cleanliness is poor for its status as a national museum, litter was commonly seen in hallways. Importantly, the lighting is awful in many rooms for proper enjoyment of the pieces. Lastly it should be noted that the line to purchase tickets is long and slow, and ticket price quite expensive compared to many other attractions, including similar museums around the world. Consider that this museum is 15 euro while the Louvre is 17 euro. Overall a seriously overrated destination unless you love Goya
  • I spent very little time, Since I was with kids who were not so interested in art. But what I experienced in that short time was very satisfying. The very first paintings that I got to see were of religious flavor, for which I do not possess the buds. But then there some very beautiful ones. Remember you are not allowed to take photos. The gift shop was also good with the replicas and moderately priced.

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