Prado Museum, Madrid

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    Prado

    by bmccruz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prado - Vel��squez entrance

    Prado Museum is indeed one of the best museums in the world.
    There you can find a huge collection of renascence paintors and you can't go without seeing the fantastic Velásquez painting "Las Meninas", the most important painting in the museum, located in the center of the second floor.
    In the Prado you can also find paintings from the italians Botticelli and Caravaggio, and of course a big collection of the knowed spanish paintor Goya that occupies a big part of the third floor.
    Paintings aren't all you can see on the Prado there are also a nice part reserved to sculpture.
    There are also alot of temporay exposions that you can see at the Prado Museum. Maybe you can even see some paintores painting in the corridors.

    The entrance to the museum is made by the sides doors, called after spanish paintors: Murrilo and Moya, the center door called Velasquez isn't open to the general public.
    At sundays the entrance is free (altough the normal ticket is really cheap) but beware of the queues, especially on the summer and remember that Madrid is one of the hotest european cities so go prepared.

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    Museo Nacional del Prado

    by Lorro Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prado Muesum - Madrid

    The Prado is one of the most important museums in Europe. It has the world's finest collections of works by Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya, as well as of Hieronymus Bosch (a personal favorite of King Philip II of Spain). The museum also has excellent collections of El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Fine examples of the works of Melozzo da Forlì, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Veronese, and many other notable artists.

    New Opening hours
    Open 9am-8pm. Open Tuesday through Sunday

    Closed
    All Mondays
    1 January
    1 May
    25 December
    Good Friday

    Half Days
    From 9.00 h. to 14.00 h.:
    24 December
    31 December
    6 January

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    Classical Art of Spain

    by Nexus7 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Outside of El Prado

    The Prado is one of the most famous museums in the world. With many Spanish artists of the classical era, which is from the 1500's to the beginning of the 20th century. Our old friends of Goya, Velazguez and El Greco are seen here. Many paintings you've alaways seen but never really knew where they were from.

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    by pupina Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My favourite painting at the Prado

    The Prado museum is a 3-storey museum which houses paintings from medieval times up to the 19th century. Famous painters include Francisco de Goya and Caravaggio. Here you can hire audio guides which shows you the most important paintings. We had the opportunity to see the treasuries of the Dauphin which I liked more, personally. All in all, it was a rewarding experience being able to see some of the most celebrated works of art in the world.

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    by islaazul Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nude Maja & Clothed Maja, Goya

    Museo del Prado is famous for being the largest art gallery in the world. There are more than 8,600 paintings in the collection, but only 2,000 are on display because of space constraints.

    The museum is free on Sundays, so go early because the line for special exhibits gets long.

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    The Prado

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado Museum has one of the most famous collections of paintings in the world. Therefor I was quite curious to have a look... But as it was May 1st, the museum was closed :(. Decided to visit the nearby Botanical Gardens instead, but apparently I wasn't the only one who had that idea: there was a long queue in front of the ticket booth...

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    One of the world's great art museums

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado

    The Prado is reputed to have the greatest collection of paintings in Europe. If you visit, you will come away thinking there could not be more anywhere. There are over 8500 paintings as well as thousands of other sculptures, decorative objects, coins, drawings, etc. Of course Spanish art is well represented with probably over a hundred by Goya and they all seem to be the size of a small house. You will also encounter El Greco, Velazquez and other Spanish painters as well as collections of Flemish, Dutch, German, Italian and French painters. If you are in Madrid, don't miss the best museum this side of the Louvre.

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    by paoseo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museum of Prado

    You HAVE TO visit the Museum of Prado!!!!!!!

    Timetable:
    The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday,and holidays 9.00am- 7pm
    It will be open also : 24/12, 31st of december, Holy Friday and 6/1 9.00 am-2pm.
    Instead it will be closed all Mondays, on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
    Is possible to entry till half an hour before it closes

    Prices:
    Generally it's about 3,01 €
    If there is a discournt it will be:1,5 €
    (for istance if you can show an IC that says that you're still studying or if you're in a group, but in this case you have to advert before).

    Who is younger than 18 years ola and older than 65 can entry without paying.
    Anyway, is possible to entry without paying on Sunday, on 18th of May (that is the international day of museums), 12th of October (National day) and 6 of December (Constitutional Day).

    If you are a group you can arrange entries on Tuesday 1pm-5.30pm, Wednesay, Thursady, Friday and Saturday 9am-5.30 pm.
    Tel:(91) 330.28.25 ó (91) 330.28.31
    Fax (91) 330.28.59

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    Spending Time at the Prado

    by spgood301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    How much time you spend at the Prado likely depends on how interested you are in art, but it's a must-see in Madrid. My favorite thing was all of the beautiful portraits-it's quite enthralling looking into the eyes of someone who lived some 500 years ago. I wonder what they were thinking about?...

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    The Prado Museum

    by smschley Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado Museum is one of the premium attractions. Located in the heart of Madrid, it is by one of the most beautiful parks of the city, El Parque del Retiro, and quite close to the Spanish congress. When it was originally built in the late 1700's, it was intended as the Natural Sciences museum. Later, Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon) redesignated it as an art museum, so that when it opened in 1819 under Fernando VII it became home to the Royal art collection.

    The Prado contains more than 9000 works, mainly paintings, although only about 1500 can be displayed at any one time. Inside you can view a number of paintings of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, and other famous artists. The Museum maintains the art collection of Fernando VII and other Royals and is one of the few museums that allow you to take no-flash photographs of their collection. .
    The Prado is open from 9 am to7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday but only stays open to 2 pm on Sundays and holidays

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    Prado Museum

    by Frisbeeace Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museo del Prado

    In my previous tip I recommended not to buy the Madrid Card, so the next move is to buy the Abono Paseo del Arte (Art Pass) which includes tickets for the 3 major museums in Madrid: Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. The pass costs E7.66 while buying the tickets by separate would cost E10.80.

    El Prado is a must see if you want to know the best of Spanish painting (Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, Ribera). The Flemish and Italian schools are also well represented with masterpieces of Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck and Hieronymus Bosch

    Tuesdays to Sundays: 9.00 -19.00 hs.
    Tickets 3.01 euros. Free on Sundays.
    Metro Banco de España.

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Front of the Prado in 1964
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    I went to the Prado Museum on each trip. On the 1964 trip with my sister, I went on my own before she got there and then we took a city tour, and I let her go in by herself while I sat with my niece. Then when we went together, we took a small part of the museum to look at, as we had my niece with us in a stroller.

    The second time when I went with my mom, we concentrated mostly on the Spanish artists (Goya, Velasquez and El Greco (who I think was really a Greek) but we also looked at the Flemish section (Brueghel and Bosch) because those guys have always fascinated me - kind of like a medieval Grandma Moses. We went twice at opening time on our own for short visits, and then when the tour we joined went whirlwind through the museum, we didn't have to worry that we'd miss our favorite things.

    Open: 9 AM to 7 PM; Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM. Closed: Monday.

    Basic admission: 3.01 €
    Discounted admission (with ID): 1.5 €
    - Holders of youth cards, student´s cards or international equivalents.

    Free admission (with ID):
    - Visitors under 18
    - Visitors over 65, pensioners, registered disabled

    AUDIOGUIDE
    Avalaible in Rooms 1 and 51. Price 3 €.

    CAFETERIA:

    Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 9am to 6.20pm.

    RESTAURANT:

    Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 11.30 am to 4pm

    SHOP:

    Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 9am to 6.30pm

    Currently the museum website says:

    "Each month the Museum invites visitors to take part in a guided tour entitled "A Work, an Artist". These visits aim is to encourage a close look at a particular painting.

    These tours take place at the following times:

    Saturdays at 4pm and 5.30pm
    Sundays at 11am and 12.30pm
    They last around one hour.

    "All those wishing to take part should enter the Museum through one of the normal entrances. Once inside, it is essential to register for the tour at least 30 minutes before it starts, at the meeting point located in the Lower Rotunda of the Goya Entrance. "

    This sounds like a good deal to me.

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    Art... A lot of it....

    by Gaby_G Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museo del Prado

    Museo del Prado... A great place, with a great collection of art works... I really enjoy it cause I've got to see "Las meninas" (Velazquez) and Las tres Gracias from Reubens... I Looooove Reubens!!!
    Well... I am not saying anything more about it... It is clear that is a "must see"... If you (like me) are not very familiarized with art, take your own guide or buy (or rent) one inside.... AND dont miss the Goya room!!! I almost forgot about Goya... What an interesting person he was....

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    Museo Prado

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest.

    I really enjoyed my visit to the Museo Prado and got to see El Greco's "Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest." c.1580.

    Many historians of art identify the sitter as Major Juan da Silva, Marquise de Monte, the head notary of Toledo.

    The Prado is considered one of the most important museums in the world. It houses the world's best Spanish paintings. I can get through here in a couple of hours but if you know what your doing a day isnt' enough.

    Some of the famous artist include Goya, El Greco and Picasso.

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    The old masters

    by benidormone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prado

    It is situated on the stylish Paseo del Prado. The Retiro park is just a short walk away and right next to the Ritz Hotel, the Palace Hotel, the fountain of Neptune and the stock exchange. It has paintings from artists like Goya, El Greco, Velázquez ,Hieronymous Bosch ,Rubens and many more.

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