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Skip the line Guided tour Prado museum



The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Museo Nacional del Prado, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation. Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2nd, Pestles and Black Paintings.



Madrid City Tour Information Center at Felipe IV str, next to the Prado Museum.


The tour ends at Prado Museum. Ticket is valid for all day long.

Things to bring

  • Printed voucher or E-voucher
  • camera


  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to Prado Museum valid for one day, until closing time
  • Monolingual guided tour (2019)
  • Individual radioguided system (2019)


  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified above
  • Transportation


Cancellation more than a week in advance: administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

LANGUAGES: Guaranteed in English & Spanish

Block out dates: 01 May, 18 May, 25 Dec 2018, 01 Jan 2019

  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot
  • Prado Museum visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Museum Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

  • April to October: Daily: 10:00 am & 3:00 pmNovember to March: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am; Saturday: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm