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Prado Museum

The Madrid entitles visitors to free access to over 50 museums like the Prado and other tourist attractions as well as using public transport freely. Visitors staying in hotels at the outskirts of the city might consider hiring a car, as the Prado and its fellow museums are located in a huge complex of buildings at the Paseo del Prado that will take up a whole day. Resting tired feet after spending many hours strolling through these world famous collections seems more appealing than sharing a bus or metro train with hundreds of other visitors and commuters.

The Prado showcases changing as well as permanent exhibitions and has an extensive collection of artworks from around the world. For specific information about the temporary exhibitions it is best to either go online to the official website or to telephone the museum on tel: +34 91 330 2800.

The nearest metro stations are Banco de España (Red Line, L2) and Atocha (Light Blue Line, L2), from where it takes another ten minutes to walk.

The Prado is open from Tuesdays to Sundays and on Public Holidays, but closed on Public Holidays that fall on Mondays. The opening times are from 09:00 to 20:00 hours. Without a Madrid Card regular adult visitors pay €8.00, while Non-EU students under 25 years of age pay €4.00. The entry is free for senior citizens over 65 and EU students under 25. There may be an additional charge for temporary exhibitions such as this summer’s exhibition about Reuben’s later works, which runs from June to September.

The Prado contains one of the world’s finest art collections of masterpieces ranging from the 12th to the 19th century and is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. To help visitors decide what best to see with such a wealth of masterpieces, the museum has designed three routes for visitors.

The three routes cover the most important pieces of the collection and visitors can choose routes to see either 15, 30 or 50 works by some of the world’s best known artists. There are also some fascinating collections of jewellery and sculptures. Depending on how much time visitors can spare, they can enjoy European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Tintoretto, Bosch, Morillo and Reubens. Spain’s own wealth of artists is represented through paintings by Velázquez, Ribera and Goya among many others.

Visitors being particularly interested in sculpture won’t be disappointed either: The Prado’s sculpture collection has more than 900 complete works to offer, not to mention some 200 fragments! Most are examples are from the Greco-Romano classical, Renaissance and Baroque periods but there are also major works from the 18th and 19th centuries in the collection. In addition, the Prado Museum also exhibits various Oriental and Medieval pieces.

Visiting on Sundays doesn’t incur an entry fee. The gift shop, ground floor book shop, the cafe and restaurant are excellent for taking a break and letting the artistic atmosphere sink in.