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The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum

The Prado Museum

186 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum, Historic Site
Ranked #1 in Madrid things to do
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Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Spain
+34 91 330 2800
Tu-Su 9a-8p
http://www.museodelprado.es/
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One of the world's foremost art galleries, the Prado contains paintings by Goya, Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco, Ribera, Titian, Boticelli, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Durer. The building was commissioned by ... Read more
Carlos III, and it was converted into an art gallery in 1819. Today, the collection holds about 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 5,000 prints and 8,000 drawings. The best known work on display is Las Meninas by Velázquez.

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쿠알라 룸푸르, 말레이시아

You can enjoy many things here. Enjoy spanish arts, italian, french etc... very spacious and cool.
Must visit!

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WA

One of the most important museums you will ever go to. Certain days and hours are free.

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Dallas, Texas, USA

If you're in Madrid, you must visit the Prado. But be aware that there will likely be a line to get in, and the galleries can get crowded quickly. You should plan to visit right when they open, or toward the end of the day if you want to miss some of the crowds.

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Edinburgh, UK

One of the best museums in the world and definitely in Spain. A must see if you like baroque art.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Large museum with a TON of exhibits. Very focused on the Spanish artists. Be prepared to spend majority of the day here if you are aiming to see all the pieces.

In comparison to other European museums I've visited - this was extensive, but also very focused on the older periods. So I found the art interesting at the beginning, but they started to blur together towards the end of my visit. Something to keep in mind if that style of art is not your favorite.

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São Paulo, Brazil

The museum was huge. The 2 hours we spent there went in the blink of an eye.

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

If you are looking for some really good art, then this is the place for you. It was an unforgettable experience!

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New York City

Great selection of art and layout and beautiful modern museum . Buy tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines

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Quezon City, Philippines

One of the world's greatest art museums and is Spain's main art museum. It contains a vast selection of Spanish arts from great Spanish masters. Do not miss visiting this museum when in Spain.

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Naples

A must see while in Madrid! Some of the most famous paintings and certainly one of the best museums in the world! Also in the evening for 2 hours the museum is free which is great! I believe from 18.00-20.00! Fantastic!

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Nerja, Spain

The Louvre of Madrid.

For a 1-hour visit, The Prado recommends the following masterpieces:

'The Crucifixion' by Juan de Flandes, Room 57b
'The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest' by El Greco, Room 10a
'Las Meninas' by Velázquez, Room 12
'Jacob's Dream' by José de Ribera, Room 16b
'The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid: the executions on Principe Pio hill' by Goya, Room 39
'The Annunciation' by Fra Angelico, Room 49
'The Cardinal' by Raphael, Room 49
'The Emperor Charles V, on Horseback, in Mühlberg' by Titian, Room 11
'The Immaculate Conception' by Tiepolo Giambattista, Room 89
'Descent from the Cross' by Roger van der Weyden, Room 58
'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch, Room 56
'The Three Graces' by Peter Paul Rubens, Room 9
'Self Portrait' by Albrecht Dürer, Room 55b
'Artemis' by Rembrandt, Room A
'Offering by Orestes and Pylades (San Ildefonso Group)'. Anonymous, Room 71

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Foster City, California, USA

One of the main attractions, great collection of European art from 12th to 20th century is here and considered one of the best museums in the world.

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Tempe, Arizona, USA

Of course the art is terrific and this is a must see in Madrid. I was disappointed no photos. I like to take photos of works that move me for reference. Most other museums in Madrid allow. Get online tickets in advance. Instructions on tickets not very clear

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Buffalo, New York State

This museum is absolutely amazing. Up there with the Louvre. Student discounts obviously.

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Gurgaon

An amazing museum with so much to see. Definitely go there with some time at hand.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

I must say I was not too excited about going to an art museum, but when I found out it was free after 6, I was game! Monday through Saturday from 6 to 8 and Sunday from 5 to 7. If your going to go for the free entrance, be there on time! There was a huge line the day I was there and I was there just after 6. There is no way you can go through the whole museum in 2 hours and believe me you will want to stay for more. The art collection is phenomenal! And please do me a favor: if you're getting in for free, pay for the audio guide. You will enjoy the museum 100 times more! (Thank me later).

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I spent almost 4 hours at this place admiring some of the most astounding works of art in the world. Make sure you have plenty of time and pick up the map of the museum that indicates where the important piece are located.

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Toronto, Canada

Impressive collection of paintings and sculptures. This is where I first realized I could enjoy going to an art gallery. Reubens and Picasso collections were remarkable.

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Santiago, Chile

This is probably my favourite museum along with Musee d'Orsay. It's not as big as other famous european museums, and most of the stuff you will find here is from spanish artists. And spanish artists are brilliant.
Since I'm from a country that used to be a spanish colony, the culture of my country is very related to the spanish culture. And so were my history and art classes. I grew up knowing more of spanish art than any other country's art, and that may be one of the reasons why I loved this museum so much.
I've always liked small museums better than the biggest ones, because in big museums there's too much of everything and I feel that each piece of art kind of loses value, you can't enjoy it fully. That's one of the reasons why I loved El Prado. I will use as an example Louvre Museum in Paris. I felt kind of dissappointed with this one because there's no way to get to see everything, not even 1/10 of what's there. There are some amazing stuff but also things that you just need to skip to see the biggest attractions.
This didn't happened to me in El Prado. It's small, and everything's good. I needed to stop and stare for a while all of the paintings because all of them were wonderful. And I had enough time to do it without feeling that I had to hurry up.
It was amazing to finally see all of the paintings that I learned about in school and that appears in the books that I have in my room. Artists such as Velásquez and Goya are simply genius, and their work is something that must be appreciated. Goya, specially, have an extremely interesting life story that made his paintings really special, and it was an honour to see the result in the flesh.
Guernica by Picasso was temporally exposed in El Prado when I was there and that was great. But its permanent museum is Reina Sofía in Madrid too.
Also, If you ever go to El Prado, PLEASE don't miss and even more, take some time to see, really see Saturn Devouring His Son, by Goya. Is an amazing, yet disturbing piece of art. It's probably my favourite one in the museum.
Oh, and as a plus to all of this great stuff, the museum was not really full. I was there in February, maybe that was a reason, but anyway it's always a good thing. The only room that was a little more full was the room of Las Meninas by Velásquez. And I totally understand it. What a stunning piece of art! Because of its beauty and also because of its shape. I loved it.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Even for a non-art enthusiast like me, I got lost with amazement in here. Free/cheap and world famous for a reason.

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