The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, is one of the largest in the world and one of the most visited (the eleventh in 2010).
Uniquely rich in paintings by European masters from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, its main attraction is the large presence of Velázquez, El Greco, Goya (artist most widely represented in the collection), Titian, Rubens and Bosch, from which has the best and most extensive collections that exist worldwide, and other very important authors like Murillo, Ribera, Zurbaran, Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, to mention only the most relevant .
For chronic limitations of space, the museum exhibited a selection of high quality works (about 900), so it was defined as “the greatest concentration of masterpieces per square meter”.
With the expansion made by Rafael Moneo, it is anticipated that the selection exposed will increase by 50%, with 450 works new additions. Besides the paintings, the Prado Museum has around 950 sculptures, 6,400 drawings, 2,400 prints, 800 decorative art objects, 900 coins and 800 medallas.
Like other major European museums, including the Louvre in Paris and the Uffizi in Florence, the Prado owes its origin to the hobby collector of the ruling dynasties over the centuries. It reflects the personal tastes of the Spanish kings and their network of political alliances and enmities, it is an asymmetric collection, unsurpassed in particular artists and styles, and limited in others.
Tuesday to Sunday and Public Holidays: From 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
24 and 31 December and 6 January: From 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The museum is closed: 1 January, Saint Friday, 1 May and 25 December.
Tickets and prices
General entrance ticket: 6 €.
Reduced price entry: 3 €.
Free entry: People over 65 years old, Retired people, Children under 18 years old, Citizens of the EU who are officially unemployed, EU students under 25 years old, Members of the Foundation of Friends of the Prado Museum and Cultural and educational volunteers.