The Best Prado Museum Tickets 2023
About Museo del Prado Tickets
Discover the artistic masterpieces at Madrid's renowned Prado Museum with a full-day admission ticket. Admire the impressive collections of European art by notable artists like Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and many others. The museum's extensive collection spans the entire Spanish and European art spectrum, with an impressive array of 7,600 paintings and 1,000 sculptures. Embrace the transformative power of art and culture!
Prado Museum Tickets
Step into a world of artistic brilliance at the Prado Museum, a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative art that spans the captivating history of Spanish art. Founded in 1819 and based on the prestigious former Spanish Royal Collection, the Prado Museum has evolved into the awe-inspiring National Museum of Painting and Sculpture. A massive art collection that includes 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,200 drawings makes it one of the finest collections of European art in the world.
Your full-day entry ticket grants you access to more than 1,300 mesmerizing works showcased in the main building. While the sheer size of the collection might seem overwhelming, don't be afraid, because Prado has thoughtfully arranged three main routes that focus on its masterpieces, spanning from the Romanesque era to the 19th century.
As you step inside this artistic sanctuary, consider opting for an audio guide (which can be purchased separately) to navigate your way to the masterworks of legendary artists effortlessly. From the captivating strokes of Bartolomé Bermejo and the enthralling works of El Greco, Velázquez, and Hieronymus Bosch, to the magnificent creations of Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo, the Prado Museum promises an enchanting journey through the very heart of Spain's artistic heritage. Prepare to be captivated and inspired by the brilliance of centuries past, brought to life in the present moment.
- Entrance ticket to the Prado Museum
- Booking fee
- Audio Guide
- Food and beverages
- Wheelchair users
Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014. Madrid. Please note that the Prado Museum has 3 entrances: Visitors should go to Entrance 4 - Puerta de los Jerónimos, located on the eastern side of the museum.
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Step into the artistic soul of Spain at Prado Museum and explore the artistic legacy of great masters!
Most famous paintings in Prado Museum
Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez
One of the most iconic paintings in art history, Las Meninas portrays a glimpse of the Spanish court behind-the-scenes. Velázquez mastered the use of light and shadow and the inclusion of himself in the painting adds layers of complexity to this captivating work.
The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya
This emotionally charged and powerful painting depicts the execution of Spanish civilians during the Peninsular War. Goya dramatically portrayed tragedy, strongly contrasting the illuminated figures and the dark backdrop. This painting definitely evokes a sense of horror and empathy.
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
This triptych is an intricate and surreal masterpiece full of fantastical and allegorical scenes. Bosch’s vision of heaven, earthly pleasures, and hell intrigues and fascinates viewers with its symbolism and complexity.
See the largest and most significant collection of Spanish and European art in the world.
Admire the masterpieces crafted by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian, Murillo, Velázquez and Goya.
Explore Prado's sculpture collection and discover more than 900 works and approximately 200 fragments.
Investigate the European and Spanish schools of art from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Stroll the galleries of Madrid's Prado Museum to see the Dauphin's Treasure, a testament to royal wealth.
Know before you go
- The Prado is closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25. Reduced opening hours on December 24 and 31 and January 6 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM).
- The ticket does not include a reduction for seniors, students, children, or under 18s.
- Access to the Museum takes place up until 30 minutes before closing time.
- Food and drinks are not permitted inside the museum, except in the cafe area.
- Please note that during peak dates the gate may change to Velázquez access.
FAQ – Prado Museum Tickets
How much time is needed for Prado museum?The time you need to explore Prado Museum fully depends on your interest in art and how deeply you wish to explore it. Since it's one of the world's largest and most significant art museums, we suggest you save at least 2-3 hours. This will be enough for you to explore the main highlights of the museum. However, if you're a true art enthusiast, you might want to spend more time to appreciate the works of art. Also, you can opt for a Prado Museum Guided Tour to uncover all secrets and gain a deeper understanding of the artworks.
Do you need to buy Prado tickets in advance?We suggest buying Prado Museum tickets in advance, especially during the peak tourist season and busier times of the year. Even though you can buy your tickets on-site, we recommend you do it online. By purchasing tickets online you'll be able to skip long queues and avoid waiting times. Also, you'll have a guaranteed entry as there is a limited number of visitors allowed at a given time. Save yourself the trouble and plan your visit in advance!
Can I take pictures in the Prado?Taking photos in permanent exhibitions of Prado Museum is not allowed, even if it's just for personal use. Respecting the museum's rules helps preserve and protect the artworks on display. Anyway, we're sure you'll have a pleasant experience, and take all the time you need to immerse yourself in the artwork's beauty.
What is the best time of day to visit Prado museum?Visiting Prado Museum is best either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If you decide for an early morning visit, come right after the museum opens. This way, you'll be able to beat the crowds and have a more peaceful and relaxed experience. Late in the afternoon is also great as it tends to be less crowded. More and more visitors will be leaving the museum, allowing you to explore the exhibits with more space.
What are the top three museums in Madrid?Apart from Prado Museum, the top three museums listed in Madrid are Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, located in the central Madrid area and all quite near one another. The area where all three museums are located is called the "Golden Triangle of Art," also known as "Paseo del Arte."
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I'm absolutely impressed with the collection of art and masterpieces I saw in Prado Museum. It was great to see the diverse range of paintings and sculptures, each telling a unique story from different eras. The museum's organization and helpful staff made navigating through the galleries a breeze. If you're an art enthusiast like me, pay a little more for an audio guide at the entrance. It's well organized and the perfect companion if you wish to know more about what you're seeing. This was a truly enriching experience that I definitely recommend!
Five star experience!
If you enjoy looking at art, Prado Museum is a must! The collection of art is outstanding and the layout of the museum is one of the best I've encountered. It was crowded, but it didn't feel crowded. The opportunity to see works by iconic artists up close was amazing. I fell in love with the art by Diego Velázquez, and I especially liked his "Las Meninas". With so much history and beauty, this is a place that should not be missed!
How to get to Prado Museum
- Nearest Metro: Banco de España and Atocha Stations.
- Autobuses: Lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
- Train: Atocha Station.
- Commuter trains: RENFE Atocha and Recoletos Stations.
- Airport: Madrid-Barajas. From the airport, take Metro Line 8, change at Mar de Cristal Station to Line 4, and again at Goya Station to line 2. Get off at the Banco de España Station. You can also take bus 101 and 200.
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