Museo del Prado

Madrid, Spain

Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works.

El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. The numerous works by Francisco Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, are some of the highlights of the collection.

The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents.

The best-known work on display at the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez. Velázquez and his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum's fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now the largest outside Italy.



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Founded: 1819
Category: Museums in Spain


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L G (2 years ago)
Simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! Soo many masterpieces that you should really divide your visit in a couple of days, to be able to appreciate everything. Or at least start in the morning, when your mind is fresh and your body is energetic. If you don't have enough time you should grab the map provided by the museum and check where the most famous paintings are located. Definitely one of the best museums in the world.
Stephan W. (2 years ago)
You like Art? You need to go to the Prado. It's massive, you'll need a few hours. Free entry from 6pm till close. Line up early. We lined up at 6pm and had to wait for a good 45 min to get in. That was on a Monday night, can't imagine how long it would take on weekends.
Valery Shcherban (2 years ago)
The Prado Museum is the beauty of history. The building itself is already inspiring for beauty. It's a shame only that the central entrance is closed. And the main box office and entrance are located from the side. Truly masterpieces are presented there, the Spaniards in it are presented in all their glory. Velazquez, Goya. Special attention deserves Bosch Hall. At one time, the Spanish King Philip II loved this artist. And thanks to him, you can now enjoy his most famous paintings in one place. It is difficult to describe in words, you need to walk in the museum, look and study. And it definitely will take more than one day.
L B (2 years ago)
One of the best gallery in Madrid. You can find a lot of famous paintings there. Entrance is for free just two hours before closing. The line is very big but so fast. Highly recommended place. Its one of the must visit place in Madrid. Very cool and so atmospheric!
andy barnet (2 years ago)
One of the finest museums in the world. I loved seeing all the artworks. I went there with my sister and we enjoyed seeing everything they had. They also have lots of pretty sculptures. If you're in Spain you must see this place it's gorgeous. And in front of the museum they usually have artist selling original paintings. Which you're nice to look at 2 also. I recommend this place to anyone.
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