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Tickets & Guided Tours of The Prado Museum
If you’d like to set your eyes on an exquisite collection of European Art, you ought to visit the Prado Museum. Located in the heart of Madrid, this majestic museum houses a collection of paintings and sculptures by renowned Spanish artists. If you’re lucky, you might be privy to special collections on display.
If you’d like to visit this 18th-century building during your stay in Spain, then view our Panoramic City Tours + Prado Museum package. We’ll take you on a sightseeing tour of some of the best places of interest in the city like Calle Mayor, Neptune Fountain, Barrio de la Moreria and more, and then end your tour with a trip to the magnificent Prado Museum.
If you prefer walking about the city, you could instead book our affordable Walking Tour & Prado Museum package. We’ll take you to Plaza Mayor, Arch of Cuchilleros, Plaza de la Villa, the House and Tower of Lujanes, and finally the Prado Museum. View the works of Velazquez, El Greco, Raphael, Titian, and Angelico amongst other world-renowned artists.
The Prado Museum was built around the late 1780’s. It was constructed especially for the National History Cabinet but it was later renamed and used as a place to display stellar works of art. The museum finally threw its doors open to visitors in 1819. Most of the paintings on display were collections once belonging to Spain’s 16th and 17th-century monarchs.
Although the museum is always adding new works of art, it currently has on display over 7000 paintings, 1000 sculptures, and 8000 drawings. If you’d like to reflect on Francisco José de Goya’s fascinating paintings, walk into Room 65, 67 and 68. It’s here that you will find some of his classical and sometimes disturbing art pieces that challenge your mind.
As you walk through the many rooms in the museum, you’ll come across some interesting finds. They have an excellent collection of medals passed on by Don Pablo Bosch and a collection of drawings bequeathed by Don Pedro Fernandez Duran's.
In an effort to increase the already outstanding cultural facilities the museum has on offer, the Prado was extended. The new building, designed by award-winning architect Rafael Mondeo, boasts 22,000 square meters of surface area. The museum will use this space to improve visitor facilities and display the exhibits in a more orderly manner.
Don’t forget to visit the library on your visit to the museum. It has a collection of over 70,000 books, audio-visual works and museum catalogs. It’s spread across a few floors and it’s open to all who’d like to use its services.
No trip to Spain’s capital city is complete without a visit to the museum. Book a tour to this iconic monument with Madrid City Tours and let the good times roll.