Guided tour

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

From US$ 43.11 per person

Discover one of Madrid's most important museums: the Prado Museum. Learn about the museum's history as you walk around admiring the artwork. Get to know the artists and their masterpieces with a local guide in a small group.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Spanish, English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the most important artists from the 16th to 19th centuries
  • Enjoy a guided visit with an art historian and find out all the secrets of these famous paintings
  • Marvel at masterpieces like "Las Meninas" and the Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Get the most out of your experience with a local guide
Full description
The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top cultural sight and one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters — such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, among other major Italian and Flemish artists — is housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building that opened as a museum in 1819. The Spanish queen at the time had been impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. The result is several thousand works from that time, with a recent modern extension allowing even more of them to be displayed. The tour begins with the most famous masterpieces from European artists like El Bosco. Continue delving into the work of Velazquez, followed by artists like El Greco and Goya, among many others. Gain an understanding of all the artists' aims, lives, and circumstances hidden behind the paintings, as well as the historic moment in which they were created. Learn about Spanish history from an art historian and get a closer look at local culture and Madrid's art scene.
Includes
  • Entrance to the Prado Museum
  • English or Spanish-speaking guide (depending on the option selected)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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  • Cameras
  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Please note that the tour in Prado Museum has a duration of 1.5 hours but the guide requires some extra time to organize the tickets and whispers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 228 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Service
    4.2/5
  • Organization
    4.1/5

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Great experience.

Helena was fantastic. Fifteen minutes early, supremely knowledgeable and has a passion for the art. Ask her any question about some detail in a piece of art and she has at least three more minutes of information. I could tell when we turned right and had to leave a hallway of art alone to meet our two hour deadline she would have preferred to take us through each piece. A pleasure to learn from her.

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June 14, 2018

Well organized and On Point

Paula did a very good job at navigating hordes of massive tour groups. We managed to by pass the full contact (image a herd of horses running through your group) nature of the experience. Paula conducted the tour in English and Spanish nicely. Even though young, she was composed and calm with good manners. She selected the "hits" and made it easy for me to spend a couple of hours in the quaint of the afternoon redoing our tour to learn more. The group was a good mix and the diversity added to the experience. I enjoyed the experience and the way Paula led us through El Greco, Bosch, Velazquez and so on. Very good. A word of caution, if you don't have a bit of Spanish history in your education you will miss a ton of important notes about the art here. I bought a text to understand more. This was a great appetizer. I'm ready for dinner now.

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June 25, 2017

Amazing Alphonso!

We did this tour yesterday and the entire experience was excellent, apart from being told to meet at 10:15 for a 9:45 tour! We arrived at the appointed meeting place (Velazquez statue) in good time and Alphonso was already there. We were led to the entry at the side and there were a few tour groups in front but the wait was not long for the museum to open at 10am. The best part was that our guide was Alphonso, who spoke English very well. The rest of the group was catered for by a Spanish speaking guide and they toured entirely separately from us. Alphonso was incredibly passionate and articulate about the art he showed us and his explanation of the historical context of the artworks was informative and entertaining. We saw the most important works in the museum and the tour was for 2 hours. We then could spend the rest of the day in the museum at our leisure or have our tickets stamped and return at a later time in the day. Prado is huge so we are very glad we did this guided tour.

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May 21, 2017

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