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   The Prado in Madrid is one of the world's most famous art museums

Museo Nacional Del Prado

  • The Prado has an extensive, largely classical collection of art, mainly focused on works by European artists collected by the Habsburg and Bourbon Kings.
  • The collections, which includes nearly 10,000 paintings of which over 1,000 or on display at a time, include nearly a thousand years of Spanish paintings, a wonderful collection of Flemish and Dutch art, a fantastic collection of Italian painting, and noted collections of French and German art.
  • The works of Spanish painters dominate the Prado and we recommend that you focus your visit on  the works of Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and other noted artists from Espaná.

  • If you have time, visit the Flemish and Dutch collection, focusing on the works of Bosch, Memling, Weyden, Rubens, van Dyck and Brueghel. Bosch’s much discussed and often acclaimed triptych “the Garden of Earthly Delights” and “the Table of the Seven Deadly Sins” are standouts of this section of the Prado's collection.

  • Information about  the Prado, its collections and details of its location can be found at the official website of the museum.


Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

  • Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his father built an eye-popping, privately held art collection that was housed in the family’s Villa Favorita in Lugano, Switzerland. When he graciously decided to share the collection with the public, the Baron’s artwork was sought by every major museum in the world. In 1993, the Baron agreed to house his collection in the Palacio de Villahermosa, near the Prado, on the Paseo del Prado, in Madrid.

  • The collection starts with works by the masters from the fourteenth century and includes important paintings from almost every historically important artistic movement, including “pop” artwork from the 1960s. The museum is stunning but does not overwhelm the paintings, which are numerous but spaced to allow good viewing.

  • Information about the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza can be found at the official website of the museum.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia   (the Reina Sofia Museum, also called the Queen Sofia Museum)

  • The museum’s collection is focused on abstract art, contains a number of artists relatively unknown outside of Spain, but the collection is worthy of your attention.

  • The Reina Sofia Art Museum has many treasures, but Picasso’s Guernica is the most popular work of art in the collection.
    • Guernica was Picasso’s response to the bombing of the Basque town Guernica during the Spanish Civil war, an event which profoundly affected Picasso's outlook on life. He created the painting as a political statement about the horrors of war.

  • Information about the Reina Sofia Museum can be found at its official website   

Paseo del Arte Card 

You can buy the Paseo del Arte ticket that allows you to visit the Prado, Riena Sofia and Thyssen museums once during a year period for a discounted rate.  In addition, the Madrid Tourist Card (shown in an advertisement to the upper right edge of this page) can save you money on these and other attractions.

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The staff at the Prado have created routes through the Museum that feature the major works on display.

When visiting, be sure to use the audio guide to appreciate the wonders that you will see in the Prado.
















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