Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014

Phone: 00 34 91 330 28 00
Fax: 00 34 91 330 28 56

Museo Nacional Del Prado

Originally conceived as a Natural History Musem – a role it never came to fulfil – and built on the orders of Charles III, the building which now houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by the architect Juan de Villanueva en 1785. Its purpose would remain unclear until Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his second wife Barbara of Braganza, decided to establish a Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture. The Royal Museum, which would soon change its name to the Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura (National Museum of Painting and Sculpture), and subsequently to the Museo Nacional del Prado, first opened to the public in 1819 with 311 paintings from the Spanish Royal Collection. The Royal Collections, the origins of the Prado’s present collection, originated in the sixteenth century under the Emperor Charles V were enriched over the years by all the succeeding Spanish monarchs, both Habsburgs and Bourbons.

The Museum’s collection expanded during the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the addition of holdings from other museums (such as the Museo de la Trinidad in 1872, and the former Museo de Arte Moderno in more recent times, along with numerous donations and acquisitions). This fact, together with the corresponding increase in visitor numbers has meant that Villanueva’s original building for the Museo del Prado has undergone numerous expansions (in 1847, 1880, 1893, 1943, 1963 and 1964), to the point where no further work on this historic building was possible. For this reason the Prado has been obliged to look at adjoining sites for its current expansion programme due to be opened during 2007.

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Permanent Collection

The Museo Nacional del Prado is without doubt the only institution able to present through its collection the entire history of Spanish painting, from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. Outstanding masterpieces by artists such as Bermejo, Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribalta, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Vicente López, the Madrazo family, Rosales and Sorolla form an unparalleled ensemble of international renown. In fact, the study of almost any Spanish painter and his work is almost impossible without visiting the numerous galleries of the Museo Nacional del Prado.

The Italian School is another high point of the Museum’s collection, with fifteenth century masterpieces such as The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, The Death of the Virgin by Mantegna, and the Dead Christ supported by Angels by Antonello de Messina. Due to the taste of sixteenth century monarchs, the collection shows a bias towards Venetian art and the work of Titian in particular. This artist is represented in the Prado by 36 paintings, the largest collection anywhere of his works, while there are also major examples of the art of Tintoretto and Veronese. The Tuscan-Roman Renaissance of the sixteenth century finds its maximum exponent in Raphael, with an unparalleled group of works, among them the Portrait of a Cardinal, two paintings of The Holy Family, and the Virgin of the Rose. Also outstanding are works by Andrea del Sarto, Correggio, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Annibale Carracci, Reni, Furini, Lanfranco, Domenichino, Luca Giordano and the Tiepolos.

In addition, the Museo Nacional del Prado has a remarkable holding of Netherlandish works, including masterpieces such...+ [ Read all ]


TINTORETTO (Until 13th May 200)

The exhibition Tintoretto includes around 70 works by the artist loaned from the collections of leading European and American museums and institutions. The exhibition is the first monographic one to be devoted to the artist in Spain as well as the first exhibition on Tintoretto of this size and importance since the one held in Venice seventy years ago. The Prado’s intention is to offer a rigorous and comprehensive survey of the artist’s long career and is itself the fruit of a lengthy and exhaustive research project which will be reflected in the accompanying catalogue.


The Prado Museum is presenting a special installation of works by the renowned German photographer Thomas Struth (born Geldern, 1954). Over the past two decades Struth has devoted his attention to the production of one of his largest series which relates to the public’s daily relationship with works of art in museums around the world. Struth recently completed this project with images taken in the Prado, some of which will be exhibited for the first time as part of this project. As such, the exhibition marks the start of the Museum’s initiative to offer “other viewpoints

Forthcoming exhibitions

3 July - 7 October 2007

With the exception of a few of his works that cannot travel due to their state of conservation, the exhibition will include the majority of Patinir’s paintings that are attributed to the artist and his atelier. These works will show the evolution of his style form his initial small paintings, probably painted during the first decade of the XVIth century, up to his masterpieces painted before he died in Antwerp in 1524. The exhibition will also include works by other artists that help understand the evolution of landscape painting during the decades before Patinir.


The Permanent Collection

General ticket price - 6 Euros

Reduced entry price - 3 Euros
(with proof of status)

EU citizens with Large Family accreditation
Students from non-EU countries aged under 25
Young People's card holders
Members of cultural parties of 15 or more members with prior permission from the Director

Free entry

Visitors aged under 18
Visitors aged over 65 or retired or permanently disabled from EU countries
Unemployed visitors from EU countries
Students from EU countries aged under 25
Staff of Spanish State Museums run by the Ministry of Culture
National and local tourist guides
Teachers whose subjects are directly related to the contents of the Museum and who are engaged in teaching during the visit

Members of:
FAMP (Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado)
APEME (Asociación Profesional de Museólogos de España)
ANABAD (Asociación Nacional de Archiveros, Bibliotecarios y Museólogos)
AEM (Asociación Española de Museólogos)
ICOM (International Council of Museums)

Large families: One adult and at least three descedents, or two if one of the is disabled.

Free entry days:

Sundays (9am to 7pm)
12 October (Hispanidad Day)
6 December (Constitution Day)
2 May (Official Day, Region of Madrid)
18 May (International Museums Day)

Temporary exhibitions


The price of the entry ticket will be decided by the Director of the Museum in cases where the entry price is not included in the price of the general ticket to the Museum.

Free entry

Visitors aged under 18
Visitors aged over 65 or retired or perm...+ [ Read all ]

Opening hours

From 9am to 8pm:
Tuesdays to Sundays and public holidays*
(closed on public holidays that fall on Mondays)

*From 9am to 2pm:
24 December
31 December
6 January

Every Monday of the year (including Mondays that are public holidays)
1 January
1 May
25 December
Easter Friday

(Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Galleries emptied 10 minutes before closing time).

Getting there

Metro: Banco de España and Atocha stations
Buses: Lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45
By rail: Atocha Station



Museum internal and external photos (2)

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News and events


Prior to the official opening on 30th October 2007 the new Prado extension will open at weekends until 1 July.

Rafael Moneo’s project, which has increased the size of the Museum by more than 50%, can be seen free of charge every Saturday and Sunday from 28 April to 1 July, as well as on 30 April and 2 and 15 May.

This initiative has been organised by the Museum with the sponsorship of the two companies that carried out the construction work: Dragados and Constructora San José. The aim of these Open Days is to show the public the architecture of the new rooms before they go into use.

In addition, and with the aim of involving the visiting public - the intended user and beneficiary of this historic architectural project - visitors to the new spaces will be able to see a special installation of images by the German photographer Thomas Struth, displayed in the new temporary exhibition galleries. Struth’s photographs comprise his last series in which he focused on the relationship between the public and works of art. The images were taken in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, and the Museo del Prado itself. The photographs taken in the Museo del Prado reflect visitors’ experiences in front of Las Meninas and other works by Velázquez.

The Open Doors days will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm, from 28 April to 1 July, and also on 2 and 15 May (local holidays in the region of Madrid) and on 30 April in order to offer residents of this area the chance to visit over a holiday period. The route is organised as follows: Sala de las Musas, vestibule, auditoriu...+ [ Read all ]



Annual Card, Museo del Prado
(Allows entry to the Prado for the period of one year)

General price - 36 Euros

Reduced price - 18 Euros

EU citizens with Large Family accreditation
Students from non-EU countries aged under 25
Young People's card holders

Annual Card, State Museums
(Allows entry to all Spanish State Museums for the period of one year)

General price: 36.06 €

Both cards can be purchased at the Museum's ticket offices

Paseo del Arte: 14.40 € Euros