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 Museum 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're 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 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 and enjoy a stroll in this beautiful park after exploring the museum.

Guided Tour

If you would like to see the main works in the museum, accompanied by an expert guide, you can reserve a tour at the link below. As well as getting a deeper insight into the museum, you'll also skip the lines.

Guided tour of the Prado museum


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 (US$ 16.10)
Adult entrance + guide of the Prado Museum: 24 (US$ 25.70)
Reduced entry: 7.50 (US$ 8)
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 Guided Tour 47.50 (US$ 50.90)


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