Museo del Prado

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Famous Paintings at the Museo del Prado

A visit to Madrid isn’t complete without a dose of Spanish culture. With over 7,000 paintings at the Museo del Prado, you’ll see some of the best artworks from Spain and across Europe. From Goya to El Greco, here are our top 5 paintings not to be missed.

  • Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez

    1. Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez

    A leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez’s Las Meninas is his most famous work. The royal family is shown with masterful perspective, use of light and atmosphere.

  • The Third of May 1808, Francisco Goya

    2. The Third of May 1808, Francisco Goya

    Grand master of Spanish Art, Goya is shown on all 3 floors of the Prado. In Madrid’s most emblematic artwork, Goya depicts the battle between Spanish patriots and Napoleon’s army.

  • The Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest, El Greco

    3. The Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest, El Greco

    This is one of the great paintings of the Spanish Renaissance and one of El Greco’s most famous works. Take note of the unknown man’s expressive gaze and natural hand gesture.

  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

    4. The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

    This triptych shows three scenes: paradise, hell and the creation of Eve and the fountain of life. Created by early Dutch master Bosch, don’t miss this complex, beautiful work.

  • The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens

    5. The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens

    A Flemish Baroque painter, Rubens emphasized movement, color and sensuality. No exception here — the Three Graces, born of Zeus’s affairs, lived joyously among the gods.

Planning Your Visit

  • Museum Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

  • How to Get There

    In Central Madrid, the Prado is located on Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014. The nearest metro stations are Banco de España and Atocha stations. The following bus lines also access the museum: lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.

  • Skip the ticket line

    A popular cultural site in Madrid — and well worth it — the Prado will most likely welcome you with a long line. Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.

  • Tip

    The size of the collection can be overwhelming. Audio guides can be purchased once you enter the museum; 50 masterpieces are highlighted and can help focus your tour. Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Is it expensive?
    General admission: €14. General admission & official guide: €23
  • Will I need a guide?
    An audio guide is highly recommended. The size of the collection can be overwhelming.
  • How to get there
    Take the metro to Banco de España or Atocha. Or, use the following bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.
  • Additional information

    • Note that photographs are not permitted in the museum.

    • Purchase tickets in advance online, fast tracking your way into the museum.

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8,187 reviews

All I can say is WOW! Elena was an amazing guide! She was so knowledgeable about all of the art in the Prado Museum. And she was also very engaging and entertaining. We had kids with us, and she made the tour interesting for the adults as well as the kids. The museum is so huge, but Elena was able to take us to see the most important highlights and still give us enough time to appreciate the art. We learned so much more about the art with her than if we went by ourselves. She was also kind enough to give us her restaurant recommendations, as well as photos she took of us. Totally recommend this tour! Elena was the best!

Excellent French speaking guide. His approach to the visit enabled us to understand the history of the museum as well as the main masterpieces of the Prado. Recommend anytime.

Excellent presentation of several paintings and explanation of different technics and placing these in a historical perspective

Excellent tour with an amazing guide. Would recommend 1.5 he tour to see all the best places in Madrid

Very fast access and was able to join the excellent museum tour in English at 11.