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Museo del Prado
Discover Most Breathtaking Artworks of Legendary Artists in Museo del Prado
One of the main highlights of Museo Del Prado art museum is undoubtly artworks of Fransisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. His artworks dominate all three floors of the museum. You'll find his most disturbing and twisted paintings here, such as Las Pinturas Negras, La Maja Vestida and La Maja Desnuda. 'El de Mayo de 1808 in Madrid' will haunt you as the picture depicted an execution of Spanish rebels against French occupation. There's also a painting of a young woman known as Duquesa de Alba. Rumor has it that the woman inside the painting might be Goya's lover. Goya is most likely hold more influence as you can see his statue right in the front of museum's entrance.
Another prominent artist with most of artworks being put on display inside Museo del Prado is Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, or Velazquez for short. Most art lovers come flocking to the museum to view and admire his 'Las Meninas' a painting depicting royal family that is located in Room 12. Nearby, you'll see more artworks of Velazquez each picturing families of Felipe IV, from Felipe II, Felipe IV himself, Baltasar Carlos, an adult version of Margarita de Austria, and Isabel de Francia.
Located in the Eastern wing of Museo Del Prado, Edificio Jeronimos is a place where the rest of Prado's collections are able to breathe some fresh air in form of temporary exhibitions. It's such a great rare chance to view some more collections since they are usually being keep due to lack of space. Edificio Jeronimos also boast a bookshop with intriguing book collections and cafe for visitors who'd like to hang out after they explore the Edificio Villanueva, aka the main exhibition room.
How to Get Tickets?
The most convenient way to purchase entrance tickets to Museo del Prado is by online, where you can skip the long lines and immediately access attractions inside the museum. Although you can also purchase tickets directly at the ticket booth. Most of the time, the lines are not overwhelmingly long so it probably take at least one hour queueing, that is if you're patient enough.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Museo del Prado is easy. The museum is located nearby other major attractions in Madrid, including San Jeronimo el Real, Royal Botanic Garden, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. You can even take a bus tour that will take you around most important landscapes of Madrid.
What Should I Wear?
There's no certain dress code or dress restrictions when you come to Museo del Prado. Just wear any clothes that feels comfortable for you. If you're planning to go on a walk from museum to other attractions though, be sure to wear the most comfortable walking shoes.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Museo del Prado is in the last few hours before closing hour. That is when the museum grant you a half an an hour access inside the museum for free! It's 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM from Monday to Saturday, and 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM on Sunday. Be aware that most likely there will be people lining up in queue during those hours, so you might want to come few hours earlier. Museo del Prado also allow free access during numerous national festival days, such as Hispanidad Day (12 October), Constitution Day (6 December), Official Day, Region of Madrid (2 May), International Museums Day (18 May).
Will I Need a Guide?
Each exhibits are provided with audio guide, which you absolutely should try. The audio guide will helps you to understand more about the history behind each paintings. But do you need person as a guide? No, you'll be fine on your own.
How To Get There?
The most convenient way to reach Museo del Prado is by taking Metro Red Line, L2 and alight at Banco de Espana, or Light Blue, Line 1 in Atocha. From the metro station it only take 10 minutes walk.