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All About The Prado Museum And Why You Need To Visit

With the largest collection of Spanish art, and a massive catalog that consists of other Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, the Museo Nacional del Prado or Prado Museum is the most visited attraction in Madrid. Occupying a 18th century Neoclassical building, the Prado Museum was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785, and finally opened to the public as the Museo Nacional del Prado for the first time in November 1819.

The museum has the works of some of the best artists of their time like Francisco Goya, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Fra Angelico, Diego Velázquez, Raphael, and Titian, and is one of the most visited attractions in Madrid.

Prado Museum in a Nutshell

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Established in 1819, the museum is considered a very important national landmark. It’s holdings include Spanish, French, and Italian paintings till 1700, artwork from the Spanish Golden Age, Flemish painting and Northern schools, paintings from 18th and 19th century, and over 140 works by Francisco Goya. The museum also has a lot of ongoing exhibitions that complement the permanent collection.

The museum is home to over 20,000 works of art that include around 7,500 paintings, 8,000 drawings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures and other works of art and historical documents, collected in four floors.


Must-see Exhibits

  • Francisco Goya’s La Maja desnuda
  • Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas
  • Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Raphael’s The Cardinal
  • Titian’s Venus and Adonis


Monday to Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
All Sundays, January 1, May 1, and December 25: 10 AM - 7 PM
January 6, and December 24 and 31: 10 AM - 2 PM



Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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  • Why You Should Visit Prado Museum
  • Prado Museum Tickets
  • Famous Prado Museum Exhibits
  • Visiting Prado Museum - Practical Information
  • Prado Museum Reviews

Why You Should Visit Prado Museum

Prado Museum has one of the most extensive collections of art in the world, with a focus on the earlier periods. Considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, it is filled with masterpieces, with a special focus on portraits.

You can enjoy the eclectic collection of the Spanish monarch, which includes The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden. Trace the historical development of Spain through the works of the Venetian artist Titian and his representation of the Habsburg Dynasty. Additionally, the works of Francisco Goya captured Spanish society, making for a fascinating subject, as they are presented in a very straightforward style.

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Some of the popular works of art in the museum are Death of the Virgin by Andrea Mantegna, Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, Goya's Maja series, Emperor Carlos V on Horseback by Titian, and David Victorious over Goliath by Caravaggio.

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Famous Prado Museum Exhibits

La maja desnuda

Francisco Goya’s La Maja Desnuda : Goya created La maja desnuda for a commission by Manuel de Godoy. It's pendant painting La maja vestida was created in 1803. Among Goya’s most famous works, La maja desnuda was a controversial work at its time. Both works have been in the museum since 1901.

Las Meninas

Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas: Created by the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, the work is considered one of the most important paintings in Western art history. Set in a room in the Royal Alcazar of Madrid, the painting depicts a five-year-old Margaret Theresa, looking directly at the viewer.

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights: The Garden of Earthly delights is a triptych oil painting on an oak panel. The left panel depicts Eden, and shows Adam and Even meeting for the first time, with God holding Eve by the wrist. The center panel is Earthly Delights, depicting a large garden with men, women, plants, and animals. The right panel depicts Hell.

The Cardinal

Raphael’s The Cardinal: This is an oil on panel work, created between 1510-1511. One can see the meticulous strokes of the brush in the textures of the clothes, and the definite influence of Flemish paintings in the way the face is painted.

Venus and Adonis

Titian’s Venus and Adonis : It is believed that there are at least thirty versions of this painting that have been painted Titian, his assistants, and others. The work held in the museum is dated 1554, and is made with oil paints on canvas. The painting is set at dawn and shows Adonis pulling away from his lover Venus.

Visiting Prado Museum - Practical Information

Floor Plan

Level -1: Decorative Arts
Do not miss: Cup with Golden Mermaid, Anonymous (Room 101)
Level 0: Spanish Painting 1100-1910, German Painting 1450-1550, Sculptures, Flemish Painting 1430-1570, and Italian Painting 1300-1600
Do not miss: The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch (Room 56A) and Saturn Devouring His Child, Francisco Goya (Room 67)
Level 1: German Painting 1750-1800, French Painting 1600-1800, Flemish Painting 1600-1700, Italian Painting 1450-1800, British Painting 1750-1800, Dutch Painting 1600-1695, Drawings, and Temporary Exhibitions
Do not miss: The Feast of Bacchus, Diego Velázquez (Room 11), Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez (Room 12), La Maja Desnuda, Francisco Goya (Room 36)
Level 2: Sculptures, Spanish Painting 1700-1800, and German Painting 1750-1800
Do not miss: The Parasol, Francisco Goya (Room 86)

Getting There

The Museum is located at Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain. You have the following public transport options available to get to the museum:

By Metro: The closest metro station to the Prado Museum is the Atocha station (Blue Line L1) or Banco de Espana station (Red Line L2).
By Bus: Lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45

Entrance: Use the Jerónimos Entrance or Goya Entrance on Felipe IV Street.

Prado Museum Reviews

An absolutely beautiful museum with all the superb artists works displayed. It is the epitome of aesthetic excellence representative of the artistic genius if representative creators. We waited until our children could truly absorb and appreciate the Prado. A return visit is a must.
Wonderful afternoon.

suzanne v, TripAdvisor, December 2017

The Prado is truly on of the world's greatest art museums with paintings from all eras and major artists. We have been to the Louvre, the Ufizzi, and this is right up there with them. Don't miss it when in Spain.

Kerry B, TripAdvisor, December 2017

Read what others have to say about Prado Museum in Madrid on TripAdvisor.

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