Monday, January 3, 2011

The Prado Museum- a Madrid must!

It goes without saying that you cannot come to Madrid without a visit to the Prado Museum. Founded in 1819 and considered one of the great art museums of the world, it is certainly Madrid’s biggest attraction. The unique collection of classical art contains more than 8000 paintings by masters both Spanish and foreign including Goya, Rubens, Botticelli, El Greco and Velázquez as well as hundreds of sculptures, prints and drawings. There are also temporary exhibitions in addition to the main collection. You can buy advanced tickets on the website to beat the queues, which might be a good time saver on weekends. As there is a lot to see, we recommend making a couple of visits as trying to see it all in one visit can be a challenge.

The Prado Museum

Web: (you can find out about temporary exhibits here)
Address: Paseo del Prado, Metro: Atocha (L1) or Banco de España (L2)
Opening times: 9:00 to 20:00: Tuesday to Sunday. Public holidays, 24 December, 31 December 9.00-14.00.
Closed: Mondays (including Mondays which are public holidays), 25 December, 1 January, Good Friday and 1 May.
Entrance: General entry 14€, although some discounts apply. Entrance to the temporary exhibitions are at an extra cost. Entry is free after 18.00 Tues-Sat, after 17.00 on Sundays and on a number of public holidays.

Free for students between 18 and 25 years ol  Monday to Saturda from 10 am to 8 pm. Sundays and holidays until 7 pm. Free for children under 18.

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