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Graced with the amazing artworks of some of the most renowned European artists, Prado National Museum of Spain is the haven for art lovers. The vast museum houses the finest collections of art by Spanish, Flemish and Italian schools. It provides its visitors a great insight into the evolution of European art from the 12th to the 20th century.
Be enamored by the beautiful art collection at Prado National Museum
The Prado National Museum houses an extensive collection of Spanish paintings. From the Mozarabic murals which are a part of the 11th century Church of San Baudelio de Berlanga to the paintings of Bartolome, Juan de Juanes and the famous works of El Greco like the Holy Trinity, there is a lot to see in the Spanish timeline. Also, representing the Spanish Golden Age are the works of Zurbarán, Murillo and Ribera. The Goya galleries display the 18th and 19th century works of the artist which include the cartoons of the Royal Tapestry and Black paintings of his own house La Quinta del Sordo. Works of Federico, Sorolla and Fortuny are also found in the museum.
Besides the Spanish collection, Prado National Museum also comprises of some of the great works of the Italian artists like Botticelli, Guido Reni, Mantegna, etc. Some of the notable works include Botticelli's 'The chest with the story of Nastagio degli Onesti', 'The Dead Christ' by Antonello da Messina and the 'Death of the Virgin' by Mantegna. There are also artworks by Annibale Carracci and Caravaggio.
The Prado National Museum is also known to house notable works by some of the well-known Flemish masters. The Descent of the Cross by Van der Weyden and the Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch are the few to name. There are also works of French, German and Dutch artists. The museum also has galleries dedicated to sculptures and other decorative art pieces that will hold your interest.
How to Get Tickets
There are entry charges to the museum with general ticket costing 15€. You can purchase the tickets at the museum's entrance gate. However, if you wish to skip the lines and get easy entry, then buy the tickets online. The entry to the museum after 6:00 pm is free. You can enjoy free admission to the classic art museum during this time, however, be prepared for the large crowds and long queues.
How To Get Around
The museum collection is vast, hence the tour of the whole of the museum may take around four to five hours. The best way to explore the museum would be to rent audio guides that provide you with the necessary information about the museum and its collection, but they are in Spanish. Guide books are another helpful way to get information about the collection. These are essentially helpful in case you don't know Spanish. Guided tours are also available to take you around the museum. The collection is properly labelled and set in chronological order, hence there would not be much trouble in exploring it on your own.
What Should I Wear
Wear your most comfortable, easy breezy clothes to the museum. There would be a lot of walking involved, hence, the thing that you should care about is your footwear. If you do not wish to ruin your exploration, then wear good quality shoes that are comfortable and cause no trouble in walking.
Best Time to Visit
The Prado National Museum is open on all days of the week from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. On Sundays and holidays the visiting timings are from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. It remains closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25. On January 6 and December 24 and 31, timings are reduced to 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To get a closer look at the collection, it would be better to visit the museum early in the morning when it opens. During that time crowds are less hence you would be better able to see the collection. Visit the museum after 6:00 pm (and after 5:00 pm on Sundays), if you wish to get free admission.
Will I Need a Guide
The museum is easy to access, hence there is no need to book the services of a guide. However, to best experience the place it would be better to rent an audio guide or a guide book that will help you in understanding the collection. One can also book a guided tour of the museum.
How To Get There
Madrid has a fairly good transportation system that provides easy access to all the major attractions of the city. You can use public transportation services like subways, buses, and commuter rails to reach the museum. Hailing a taxi is also a great option. The Cibeles and Atocha stations are close to Prado National Museum. Upon reaching the stations, you can walk your way to the museum.
Visitors are expected to maintain silence within the museum premises. Further, any kind of photography is not allowed in museum galleries. All backpacks and large parcels need to be submitted at the cloakroom.