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.