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If you only have time for one thing in Madrid, make it the Prado Museum. The “Museo del Prado” in Spanish, is Spain’s largest museum and has one of the most important and revered collections of art in the world. It is best known for its impressive assortment of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. There are many Prado Museum tickets to choose from, depending on whether you are interested in one of the temporary exhibitions or the permanent collection. There are also various options: the skip the line ticket with exclusive access, or the general Prado Museum admission with a simple entrance ticket. 

Key Facts about the Prado

  • It was commissioned in 1785 by King Carlos II and opened in 1819
  • Originally the Prado was to be a natural science museum
  • The first works of art were donated by the Spanish Royal family
  • The artwork dates until 1881, the year of Pablo Picasso’s birth

See below for the definitive guide on which tickets to Prado or Museo del Prado tour is best suited to your needs! 

Prado Museum Tickets: General Admission

Many people travel to see the masterpieces by legendary Spanish artists such as Velazquez, Goya, and Titian. The permanent collection in the Prado Museum Madrid contains over 20,000 works of Spanish art. It is located near the Retiro Park and often visited alongside the Reina Sofia museum.

With your Prado museum tickets, you will enjoy access through the main halls of the museum. Walk through at your leisure and explore the wealth of European art from the 1300s to the 1900s. The general entrance to the Prado means that you will have access to all the works on display in the main halls. Audio guides are available to inform you about the artworks forming Spain’s artistic heritage. 

Skip the Line Prado Museum

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy fast track access inside with your Museo del Prado tickets. The Prado houses one of the largest collections of art in the world! Booking your fast-track Prado tickets to ensure you have adequate time to explore the many rooms of the Prado artwork. Madrid can get extremely hot in the summer months, and another benefit of choosing the fast-track option is that you will leave the sweaty crowds behind and enjoy exclusive first entry into the halls of Prado.

Prado Museum Guided Tour 

This enormous art house is nearly unparalleled in the number of paintings, sculptures and art media that it offers. With so much to see in limited time, booking a guided tour ensures you cover all the highlights of the collection in the company of an expert. Explore the Prado in a small group and enjoy privileged access and backstories behind the best paintings. This memorable experience will leave you highly informed on Spanish masterpieces such as ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco and Diego Velazquez's ‘Las Meninas’. 

The guided tours have been specially crafted to focus on the works of great masters, and you will gain insider knowledge on the artists, paintings and the Prado itself. Book a guided Prado Museum tour and let yourself be taken around the most stunning and impressive windows into the past. 

Private Tour Prado Museum

For highly exclusive access to this 200-year-old collection of Spanish art, book a private tour of the Prado. Instead of jostling for a view of the master works, or feeling the pressure of moving with a group, you can take as long as you want. Your expert local guide will inform you about the history, cultural background and little known facts of the gems within Madrid’s answer to the Louvre. For a special VIP experience, book this Prado museum tour and you are guaranteed a visit you will never forget! 

What are the Prado Museum hours? 

The Museo del Prado is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm (except on Sundays when it shuts at 7 pm). 

How do I find out the price for the Museo del Prado? 

Many people ask if the Prado Museum is free, and if not, how much is the admission to the Prado Museum? The price depends on the type of ticket or tour you choose. For the latest prices for tickets to the Museo del Prado book online.

Do I need to book my Prado tickets in advance? 

Prado is one of the most-visited attractions in Madrid. For peak visiting times (school vacations, public holidays and weekends) book your Museo del Prado tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment! 

Why is the Museo de Prado important? 

Art lovers and historians travel from all around the world to visit the Museo del Prado. It is one of the most important stores of European art. The beautifully preserved canvases and sculptures offer a window into the past and help us to understand the cultural context of Spain between the 13th and 19th century. The most famous work in the Prado is ‘Las Meninas’ by the Spanish painter Velazquez. Book your Prado Museum Tickets to see the famous work of art for yourself.

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