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2-Hour Tour of Prado Museum in Madrid
"Embark on a 2-hour tour of the Prado museum. The tour focuses on a significant selection of the great names of European painting. Passing through the most important works of Spanish painting signed by artists such as Goya Velazquez and Sorolla. You will also discover the Dutch painters and their works full of colors feelings and meanings revealing the secrets hidden in the works.Raphael Botticelli and Tiepolo are some Italian artists who will be shown on the visit. Works with own strength and history seem to take us in Italy of the great masters. Paintings with a wide range of topics such as religion mythology
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Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour
"Meet your private guide outside Madrid’s Prado Museum and head straight inside with your skip-the-line entrance ticket. As Spain’s national art museum this mesmerizing gallery contains some 9000 paintings and that’s not even mentioning its array of sculptures prints and drawings. Knowing where to start can be daunting so let your guide introduce you to its highlights on your 1.5-hour tour.As you walk around admiring the artwork hear of the museum’s history from your guide. Housed in an ornate Neo-Classical complex
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Viator VIP: Early Access to Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia
"With your guide head inside the museum before it opens its main doors. You’ll be among the first to enter on this Viator VIP so you can enjoy the art without the crowds that appear later in the day. Stroll around to see some of the best-known treasures and discover the history of the neoclassical building commissioned by King Charles III in the late 18th century.View master works such as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch The Annunciation by El Greco and Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Listen as your guide recounts the stories behind each piece and shares observations about their composition and style.Next visit the Reina Sofía Museum
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Spain's National Museum 4

final part of my multi part tip with several pictures of which includes some stolen shots inside as they actually do not allow photos and videos inside the museum.

The Museo Del Prado is Spain's National Museum and is a virtual treasure trove of Spanish and European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century of which some of the Spanish and other great artists such as Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens, Bosch and foreign artists such as Rembrandt and Raphael has painting here too. The museum was built in 1819 by Juan de Villanueva and it also houses 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings and has several temporary exhibitions offered on loan from other museums of the world. It is located along Paseo Del Prado and receives about 2.4 million visitors a year and is one of the best museums of the world.

it is best to buy tickets online or via tour companies as the separate lines for online tickets and group tours are shorter than the regular ticket lines or if you are a cheapskate and would want to see only a few collections, then head to the museum at 6:00 pm as they have free entrance then up to 8:00 pm (free viewing of 2 hours) from Mondays to Saturdays (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm pn sundays)

they also allow special passes to budding painters to copy paintings from the famous painters on exhibit on the museum as literally every room is guarded by roving staff and multiple CCTV Cameras.

Phone: +34 913 30 28 00

Hours:

10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday (Mondays to Saturdays)
10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays and Holidays)

Ticket Prices:

General Ticket: €15,00 for all ages
General Ticket + ‘Guide book of the Prado’: €24,00
Ticket ‘Two visits within a year’: €22,00
Reduced Ticket: €7,50
Free Ticket (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on sundays and holidays and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays)
Paseo del Arte Ticket: €28,00

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machomikemd
Oct 03, 2016

Spain's National Museum 3

part three of my multi part tip with several pictures of which includes some stolen shots inside as they actually do not allow photos and videos inside the museum.

The Museo Del Prado is Spain's National Museum and is a virtual treasure trove of Spanish and European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century of which some of the Spanish and other great artists such as Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens, Bosch and foreign artists such as Rembrandt and Raphael has painting here too. The museum was built in 1819 by Juan de Villanueva and it also houses 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings and has several temporary exhibitions offered on loan from other museums of the world. It is located along Paseo Del Prado and receives about 2.4 million visitors a year and is one of the best museums of the world.

it is best to buy tickets online or via tour companies as the separate lines for online tickets and group tours are shorter than the regular ticket lines or if you are a cheapskate and would want to see only a few collections, then head to the museum at 6:00 pm as they have free entrance then up to 8:00 pm (free viewing of 2 hours) from Mondays to Saturdays (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm pn sundays)

they also allow special passes to budding painters to copy paintings from the famous painters on exhibit on the museum as literally every room is guarded by roving staff and multiple CCTV Cameras.

Phone: +34 913 30 28 00

Hours:

10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday (Mondays to Saturdays)
10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays and Holidays)

Ticket Prices:

General Ticket: €15,00 for all ages
General Ticket + ‘Guide book of the Prado’: €24,00
Ticket ‘Two visits within a year’: €22,00
Reduced Ticket: €7,50
Free Ticket (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on sundays and holidays and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays)
Paseo del Arte Ticket: €28,00






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machomikemd
Oct 03, 2016

Spain's National Museum 2

part two of my multi part tip with several pictures of which includes some stolen shots inside as they actually do not allow photos and videos inside the museum.

The Museo Del Prado is Spain's National Museum and is a virtual treasure trove of Spanish and European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century of which some of the Spanish and other great artists such as Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens, Bosch and foreign artists such as Rembrandt and Raphael has painting here too. The museum was built in 1819 by Juan de Villanueva and it also houses 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings and has several temporary exhibitions offered on loan from other museums of the world. It is located along Paseo Del Prado and receives about 2.4 million visitors a year and is one of the best museums of the world.

it is best to buy tickets online or via tour companies as the separate lines for online tickets and group tours are shorter than the regular ticket lines or if you are a cheapskate and would want to see only a few collections, then head to the museum at 6:00 pm as they have free entrance then up to 8:00 pm (free viewing of 2 hours) from Mondays to Saturdays (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm pn sundays)

they also allow special passes to budding painters to copy paintings from the famous painters on exhibit on the museum as literally every room is guarded by roving staff and multiple CCTV Cameras.

Phone: +34 913 30 28 00

Hours:

10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday (Mondays to Saturdays)
10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays and Holidays)

Ticket Prices:

General Ticket: €15,00 for all ages
General Ticket + ‘Guide book of the Prado’: €24,00
Ticket ‘Two visits within a year’: €22,00
Reduced Ticket: €7,50
Free Ticket (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on sundays and holidays and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays)
Paseo del Arte Ticket: €28,00




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machomikemd
Oct 03, 2016

Main Spanish National Museum 1

This will be a multi part tip with several pictures of which includes some stolen shots inside as they actually do not allow photos and videos inside the museum.

The Museo Del Prado is Spain's National Museum and is a virtual treasure trove of Spanish and European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century of which some of the Spanish and other great artists such as Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens, Bosch and foreign artists such as Rembrandt and Raphael has painting here too. The museum was built in 1819 by Juan de Villanueva and it also houses 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings and has several temporary exhibitions offered on loan from other museums of the world. It is located along Paseo Del Prado and receives about 2.4 million visitors a year and is one of the best museums of the world.

it is best to buy tickets online or via tour companies as the separate lines for online tickets and group tours are shorter than the regular ticket lines or if you are a cheapskate and would want to see only a few collections, then head to the museum at 6:00 pm as they have free entrance then up to 8:00 pm (free viewing of 2 hours) from Mondays to Saturdays (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm pn sundays)

they also allow special passes to budding painters to copy paintings from the famous painters on exhibit on the museum as literally every room is guarded by roving staff and multiple CCTV Cameras.

Phone: +34 913 30 28 00

Hours:

10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday (Mondays to Saturdays)
10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sundays and Holidays)

Ticket Prices:

General Ticket: €15,00 for all ages
General Ticket + ‘Guide book of the Prado’: €24,00
Ticket ‘Two visits within a year’: €22,00
Reduced Ticket: €7,50
Free Ticket (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on sundays and holidays and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays)
Paseo del Arte Ticket: €28,00


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Prado - A Bosch Fan's Dream Come True

I have always wanted to visit Spain, with my main agenda being the Prado to see "The Garden of Earthly Delights" in person. I finally convinced my husband that this was a vacation he would enjoy and hoarded enough airline miles to make the trek in style.

I purchased my tickets online so that I could avoid the long lines everyone talks about, but I wasn't prepared for the confusion and chaos to come.
Going there, I honestly had no idea that there was a special Bosch exhibit happening this summer - the Prado had collected additional pieces for the exhibit that are normally housed elsewhere. This was a delightful surprise, but added to the struggle for entry.
Seeing the lines, I had no idea where to go and found someone who spoke English to help. She asked me if I wanted to see the "special exhibit" but I didn't realize that was Bosch, so I said no and we went in, but then found we couldn't enter Bosch without a timed ticket. When I went back outside, I managed to find the same person to help me get the timed ticket (included in the price of my ticket, but you have to stand in line for it).
Three times, someone different approached me to tell me that I have a ticket and don't have to stand in line, but they didn't speak English, so I had to dig deep to get my point across with my limited Spanish. Finally, I get to the front of the line and again had to explain in Spanish that I needed a timed ticket for Bosch.
Our time was a couple hours away, so we killed the time in nearby Retiro Park until it was time to go back.
My ticket had already been scanned and it was a 2-day ticket, so thankfully I was able to explain (in English) to the ticket-taker at the front entrance that she had already scanned it and that I had to go back out to get the Bosch ticket.

Once the chaos was done, I finally entered the "El Bosco" exhibit and was in heaven. It was incredibly crowded and everyone hoards around each painting, so you can't step back to enjoy them. Fortunately the bigger pieces are on large platforms that force people to stay back about two arm lengths.
When I finally reached "The Garden of Earthly Delights", there was a huge crowd around it. You kind of have to muscle your way in as people move away (like getting a drink at a crowded bar). When I finally got an unobstructed view, I spent about 5 minutes in front of each piece.
Two of the most stunning pieces didn't have anyone hoarded around them - the infrared reflectography and the x-ray of "The Garden of Earthly Delights". These images are captivating and I found myself studying them almost as long as the original work.

In sum, all of the chaos I "suffered" was due to my own negligence, so the most important thing is to be prepared (and then double-check your work). I did have the good sense to make sure the painting was there, but I didn't look hard enough at everything else that was going on. The website has an annoying tendency to switch back to Spanish every time you click on a link, so that didn't help.
For the Bosch exhibit, or any other special exhibit requiring timed entry, you can select your time when you purchase your ticket - there's a check-box for that (I think I possibly purchased my tickets too far in advance and didn't necessarily overlook this). This would prevent a lot of the hassle I experienced.

Most important, if you really want to see the Prado, don't mess with the free entry period... the line went down the block - it looked line San Diego Comic Con. My friends tell me it only took them 25 minutes to get in once it started moving, but you don't get access to the special exhibits and it was likely even more crowded than it was when I was there. This may not be true for less popular times of year, but definitely don't do it in the summer.

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Jun 11, 2016

Getting into the Prado for nothing....

There's no point in writing loads about the Prado itself: it's a huge place stuffed ith artworks, some of which are indeed masterpieces.

I like art, but not so much that I was prepared to pay the 12 euro entrance fee if there was a way of avoiding it. And there is, especially if (like me) you choose a hotel in the nearby area.

The Prado is free every evening Monday>Saturday from 6pm-8pm, and on Sundays from 5pm to 7pm. If you stay nearby you will be able to go on more than one evening, before you nip out for your evening meal/drink (as I did). Which is very pleasing. :-)

The queue at 5.45m, when I joined, stretched to the Velasquez statue and I was concerned that I would lose a lot of time actually getting into the museum. But it turned out not to be so. On the do of 6 the queue began to move steadily forwards, with the ticket sellers ready with free tickets as you entered and the security scanners functioning speedily. So I was inside and ready to go by 6.05 both times I visited.

I've no doubt queues will be longer at busier times of year, so it makes sense to get there around, say, 5.30 or risk taking a bit longer to get in.

Once inside, people quickly dispersed around the huge building so I was able to see all the paintings close-up, with no problems at all.

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Aug 29, 2015

Prado Museum

Prado Museum certainly is the main sight in Madrid. It occupies two buildings: Cason del Buen Retiro (a ball palace of Phillip IV) and Edificio Villanueva. The last building was constructed in 1785-1819 by arcitect Villanueva specially for the Royal museum of paintings and sculptures in order of king Ferdinand VII.
Prado Museum is one of the world's largest art museums. It is comparable with Louvre and Hermitage on riches of the collections.

You can watch my 2 min 26 sec Video Madrid Museums out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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Dec 14, 2014

Prado Museum

The Museo del Prado in Madrid is one of the most famous art museums in the world, with a collection of about 3000 paintings and other works of art. It was established in 1819 by King Ferdinand VII.; since 1971, modern art was transferred to the Museo de Reina Sofia.

The Prado collection focuses on Spanish painters such as Goya, Velazquez, El Greco as well as Dutch, Flemish and Italian renaissance and baroque artists. Some of the most priced works of art in the Prado Museum are paintings by Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch.

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World class art - Spend time with the Spanish Arts

We specifically made a point to see the Spanish art collection, of which these were the the highlights.
Las Meninas by Velázquez,
Jacob’s Dream by Ribera and
The Third of May: the Executions on Príncipe Pío by Goya.

Other things to include:
The Annunciation by Fra Angelico,*
Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto,
The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden,
The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and
The Three Graces by Rubens.

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Toughluck
May 12, 2014

One of the best museums in the world

The Museo del Prado, the art collection of the Spanish Royal Family, is one of the very best overall collections of European art. The collection is especially strong in the Spanish painters, particularly Velasquez (my favorite) and Goya. I also loved the great collection of Titian and Italian Renaissance paintings they had.

The collection is especially interesting in that it reflects the origins of the royal family as well. Carlos V was Holy Roman Emperor and King of a Spain that was suddenly a European and world power. Carlos was the son of Juana of Castile (daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella- the Reyes Catolicos) and Phillip the Handsome (Hapsburg house, duke of Burgundy from Flanders). You see the increasing influence and presence of the artists from the Low Countries in the collection from this period. Why? well in this case, Carlos V actually spent very little time in Spain. He had grown up in the Low Countries and spent the majority of his reign there.

One of the really nice things about the Prado,other than the very high level of quality of its exhibits, is that the museum itself is not as enormous as the Louvre or British Museum. You can go through it at a relaxed pace and see most if not all of it without having to spend days or weeks there. Give yourself at least 4 hours to see the Prado.

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GentleSpirit
Mar 05, 2013

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

The best museum of the world about painting.

Important notice: As of 16th Janiary 2012, the museum will open 7 days a week.

Free entry:
- Monday to Saturday: From 18h to 20h (6pm to 8pm)
- Sunday and bank holidays: From 17h to 19h (5pm to 7pm)

Info about opening hours and prices:
- www.museodelprado.es/visita-el-museo (en Español)
- www.museodelprado.es/en/visit-the-museum (in English)

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Jul 07, 2012

One of the best in the world !!!!

One of Madrid's and Spain's biggest attraction is the Prado .... one of the best in the world no questions asked .... on par with the Lourve in Paris with some of the most beautiful art works in the world. Give yourself plenty of time !!! this place is huge !!!!! We came on Sunday afternoon when there is free entrance after 4:00 pm, but be warned the lines to get in free run almost a mile long ... so get there early and be ready to fight the huge crowds. The normal entrance fee is 12 euro's. A must do in Madrid !!!!!

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Things to Do Near Prado Museum

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The Church of Saint Jerome

This lovely church is just behind the Prado. It was tranquil inside despite the many visitors and had lovely stain glass windows. I loved its nativity scene. One of the pleasures of visiting Spain at...
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Iglesia de San Jeronimo el Real

The San Jerónimo el Real Roman Catholic Church sits just across the Popular Prado Museum. This church was built In 1505 AD and is the home of the Order of Saint Jerome or Hieronymites Roman Catholic...
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Museo del Ejercito - Army Museum

One finds the Museo del Ejército or Army museum between the Paseo del Prado and the Parque del Buen Retiro. 27,000 items are on view among which a sword that allegedly belonged to the Spanish hero El...
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Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

Despite having some informative works (eg, near identical Braque/ Picasso handing side by side) most of the works are either second rate work of major artists or works of minor artists. A whole room...
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Museo Naval

This is a unique museum in Spain illustrating the maritime history of our country since the Gran Armada to the Battle of Trafalgar. There are also paintings and items related with the navigation world...
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Casa de Lope de Vega

It is located in the Monasterio de la Encarnación premises. He was a priest and was buried there but his tomb has not yet been found. He was a writer, a genius, comparable to Miguel de Cervantes. They...
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