The Prado Museum is a living proof of the richness and magnitude of Spanish art. The artworks in the museum outline Spain’s rich history from its golden age in 11th century to its slow fade in 18th century.
The Skip the Line: Prado Museum Small Group Tour is a definitive tour of not only the museum but also involves an introductory walk to the important places around the building like the Retiro park, the Cason del Buen Retiro, the Church of the Jerónimos and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. Appreciate the works of Spain’s most famous artists like Picasso, Francesco de Goya, Velasquez and El Bosch amongst others.
The expert, English speaking guide will bring the artworks to life as s/he will introduce you not only to the masterpieces but also the masters who created them. You will not waste any time standing in the long entrance queues as our skip the line access will give you more time to admire the artworks.
Get to know and understand the life and works of the masters and make the most of your time by being shown the true highlights of this vast collection; our guide will ensure you come to love this museum just as much as the locals do!
For the Skip the Line: Prado Museum Small Group Tour, your English speaking guide will be waiting for you near the Velazquez Statue at the main facade of the museum. To start with, your guide will take you for an introductory walk outside the museum, covering important sites like the Retiro Park, the Cason del Buen Retiro, the Church of the Jerónimos (in which the current monarch was crowned), and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. After the walk, you will skip the long queues to gain direct access to the museum.
The construction of Museo Nacional del Prado was initiated under the patronage of Charles III in 1785 to initially house the Cabinet of National History. But after its completion, the monarch’s grandson Ferdinand VII encouraged by his wife Queen María Isabel de Braganza decided to open it as the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculpture. It opened to the public in 1819 to show Spanish art’s prowess over other European schools of art, and became home to artworks belonging to the Spanish royalty.
Prado Museum’s permanent collection is one of the largest in the world and comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of works of art and historic documents. Some of the main highlights of the museum are Velasquez’s Las Meninas, El Greco’s Fable, Goya’s The Countess of Chinchón and Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights among others.
During the course of the tour, your English speaking guide will discuss about the artworks and their creators and share interesting trivia about the museum and the artists.
At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll have the option to remain inside the Prado and continue explore the massive collection.
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily except Sunday
Start time: 0930h (9:30am)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Velazquez Statue at the main facade of the museum (Paseo del Prado).
Arriving by metro or tram: Metro Atocha (Line 1)
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
This service ends at the Prado Museum at 12:00pm.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Gratuities to guides and/or drivers providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
Spain’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in Prado Museum and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
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