Prado Museum

Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s best-known museums and one of the most important art museums in the world. The building was designed by Juan de Villanueva and was inaugurated in 1819.

Its art collection is based mainly on sixteenth to twentieth-century artwork and includes masterpieces by painters like Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, Bosch and Goya.

Most important paintings

The Prado features certain paintings that have determined the history of art, for example:

  • Las Meninas by Velázquez.
  • The Third of May 1808 (El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid) by Goya.
  • El caballero de la mano en el pecho by El Greco.
  • The Three Graces by Rubens.
  • La maja desnuda by Goya.

How long does it take to visit the Museum?

If you are an art fan and enjoy exploring museums, we suggest booking a whole morning to explore the main halls of this art gallery. On the other hand, if art doesn’t particularly interest you then we recommend visiting the Prado if you have the Madrid Card or when the Museum is free to visit: Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm or Sundays and bank holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm to see the most renowned works of art.

The Prado is right next to Retiro Park, so you might want to combine both attractions on the same day.

For more information, check out the museum’s official webpage and if you are interested in skip the line tickets click here.


From Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays and Public holidays: 10 am – 7 pm
1 January, 1 May, 25 December: closed


Adults: €15
Adult entrance + guide of the Prado Museum: €24
Reduced entry: €7.50
Under 18s and students under 25: Free
The ticket includes access to the permanent collection and any temporary exhibitions on at that time.

Prado Museum Ticket: Skip the Line € 15


Metro: Banco de España, line 2; Atocha, line 1.
Bus: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.