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.
out on the sidewalk beside the Real Jardins Botanico and the Prado Museum, sat a lone accordianist, filling the air with the nicest sounds. It was a scene from some movie, I was walking, I heard quiet strains of music, I tried to follow them, determine their source, the music grew louder, until voila! there he was. I wanted to stay and listen longer...but then hehehe, the tunes began to repeat, and I knew it was time to head on over to the museum. This was however, another pleasant Spanish moment. Fleeting. Again. The best ones always seem to be.... ;-)
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
From 9.00 h. to 14.00 h.:
This is one of the best museums I've visited. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century.
Here you will find Spanish, German, Italian, Flamenco and French art as well as sculptures, stamps, drawings and temporary exhibitions. Among the most famous paitings are: Las Meninas and Las hilandreras by Velazquez, La maja desnuda and Carlos IV family by Goya, Artemisa by Rembrandt, etc.
Unfortunately you're not allowed to film not take pictures inside :( so bad!
It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 20. The entrance fee is 6€.
Free entrance from Tuesday to Saturday from 18 to 20 and Sundays from 17 to 20.
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...
The cloister of the Hieronymus monastery had been built in Baroque style. By the beginning of this century it was almost ruined. As the Prado Museum was to be enlarged, the Ministry of Culture and the church agreed a solution: the museum would be extended towards the monastery and would be given the land of the cloister, that would be connected underground to the main building of the Prado. The inner façade of the cloister was dismantled and rebuilt inside the Moneo’s Cube.
The Museum has gained a space for temporary expositions. This part has a cubic shape and the top floor is the cloister of the Hieronymus.
The cloister shows some statues of Leone and Pompeo Leoni such as the statues of Carlos V, his wife Isabel de Portugal and Felipe II.
It’s not allowed to take photographs but I didn’t know and I took one before I was adverted.
I admit I didn’t like the idea when I heard about the project, but when I saw it I realized it was brilliant. The outside of the Moneo’s cube fits with its environment. The underground connection is effective and mechanic stairs connect the different levels of the Cube. It reminded me the solution he adopted in the Museum of the Roman Theater of Cartagena.
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.
It is one of the world famous and cultural attractions of Madrid. There you can found one of the worlds greatest art work by the European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens ans Bosch. Prado museum is located in Neo- Classical building from 18 century which is opened in 1819.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sundays from 9am to 8 pm
Museum closed on Mondays, 25thDecember, 1st January, Good Friday, 1st May
Entrance fee: 6 euro
The Prado: go early and you avoid the coached crowds who arrive later. It means that you get to see some of the more famous paintings all by yourself - a distinct pleasure. Don't try to do the whole Prado - overload can happen quickly. Buy a guide book and head for the rooms you want, then choose a couple of others just to explore. Don't miss the sculpture galleries - they are often overlooked!
This is a must. You can spend from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks depending on how many paintings, sculptures, etc... you want to see. There are more than 1500 paintings on exhibition (9000 in the museum)!!!!
Goya, Ribera, Velazquez, Murillo, El Greco, Brueghel, Van der Weyden, Van Dyck, El Bosco, Durero, Rembrandt, Rubens, Fra Angélico, Mantegna, Botticelli, Bronzino, Rafael, Tiziano, Tintoretto...
My advise is to visit just a few rooms (the ones of the painters you like the most) spending 2 or 3 hours. It is imposible to see the whole museum in one day and in the end, you will be dead-tired.
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 9am – 7pm
24 and 31 December 9am – 2pm
One of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Prado (Musea Nacional Del Prado) is a must-see for all visitors to Madrid. The work of world renown artists like Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt and thousands of others can be viewed in the 4 level museum.
My highlight was The Treasures of the Dauphin located in the basement of the museum
The web site as listed below is an excellent planning tool and includes suggested short visits of 1, 2 and 3 hours. To view entire collection would take several days.
Closed Mondays, basic admittance 6 Euro with discounts to applicable pass holders (check web site for details)
Prado Museum is one of the best art galleries in the world. There are Goya’s and Velazquez’s works in collection of Prado. You can see Spanish, French, Flemish and Dutch, German, Italian paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings and prints in Prado.