The building that today we know as the National Museum of the Prado was designed by the architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785, originally it was the building of Natural Sciences, ordered by the King Carlos III. Later it would be his grandson, Ferdinand VII who would take the decision to allocate this building to the creation of a Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures, which would eventually become known as the Prado National Museum.
As we know it today, it is located on the Paseo del Prado, one of the main avenues of the historic downtown area of Madrid, where we find the famous fountains of Apollo, Cybele and Neptune. A few minutes from the Suburban Train Station and Metro, Atocha. Share the southern entrance with the Royal Botanical Garden.
It was first opened to the public in 1819 and today hosts more than 8,500 daily visitors. Exhibits works of great value and world recognition. Unlike other more current museums, it has a collection of commissioned works formed by a handful of art-loving kings.
Some of the most renowned and emblematic works that can be seen today at the Prado are s The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Death of the Virgin by Mantegna, The Holy Family known as The Pearl by Raphael, Emperor Carlos V on Horseback by Titian, The Foot Washing by Tintoretto, Self-portrait by Dürer , Las Meninas by Velázquez, The Three Graces by Rubens, and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.
The Prado also offers temporary exhibitions, some of the most visited, have been “El Bosco. The exhibition of the V Centenary “,
” Ingres” and “Georges de La Tour”.
Opening Hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 h to 20:00 h. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The entrance includes the visit to the Collection and temporary exhibitions, and is valid for the whole day. It can be purchased online or at the Museum’s ticket office, and its value varies depending on the individual or group condition. Everyday, starting at 6:00 p.m., admission is free.