Prado Museum
Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum - the famous classical museum in Madrid (Spain)

Where is located Prado Museum?

Address of Prado Museum is Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014, Spain
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When was built Prado Museum?

Built date of Prado Museum is 1785 - 1819

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Facts, informations and history of Prado Museum

The National Prado Museum in Madrid has one of the largest collections of European art in the world.

The building that now houses the museum was built in 1785 by the architect Juan de Villanueva and is an architectural monument in its own right. Construction of the Prado was interrupted during the Napoleonic Wars and completed in 1819. The building was first opened to the public precisely in 1819, the collection then containing only 311 Spanish paintings.

The Prado Museum was designed with the dual purpose of showcasing the collection of artworks belonging to the Spanish Royal House and highlighting the Spanish art school in a separate direction.

The change of designation to the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture was made by Ferdinand VII encouraged by Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The museum was first known as the Royal Museum, then the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, until it finally became the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Today, the museum's collection includes thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints of drawings, a huge number of objects of artistic craftsmanship and historical documents. The permanent exhibition in Madrid includes around 1,300 works of art, as only a small proportion is on display.

The entire collection of artefacts at the Prado comprises around 35,000 exhibits. Just over 3,000 objects are stored in other museums around the world, with the rest deposited in vaults.

To date, the Prado Museum has the most extensive collection of works by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Velazquez and Goya. Here you can see paintings by masters such as Raphael, van Eyck, Rubens, Dürer, Titian and others. Among recent acquisitions, the Prado Museum has works by Peter Bruegel and Francisco Pacheco from the 16th to 17th centuries. The most famous work on display at the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez.

One hundred years after its official opening, the museum ran out of space in its original structure. Another building was added to the complex. In the 1950s and 1960s, the museum's collections had to be replenished again, and two more buildings were then added, the Palacio de Villahermosa and the Cason del Buen Retiro, enlarging the complex even further as the years passed.

The Prado Museum complex also includes two nearby buildings that are remnants of the Palacio del Buen Retiro, namely the Casón del Buen Retiro and the Salón de Reinos (Salon of the Kingdoms).

A new wing designed by Rafael Moneo was added in 2007, enlarging the Museo del Prado by more than 235,000 square feet.

At the entrances to the museum are statues of Spain's most prominent painters, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.

The museum carries out continuous conservation work, which has restored many masterpieces, particularly works dating from the Renaissance.

The Museum takes its name from the word 'prado', which means 'meadow', a name it acquired because of its location, which used to be market gardens.

The Museum is home to the Prado Study Centre, bringing together the best scholars in art history and museum professionals from around the world.

The Prado Museum is one of the three museums in Madrid and one of the most popular in Spain, with several million visitors every year, close to 850,000 in 2020, and more than 2,800,000 in 2018.

Architect of Prado Museum

Architect of Prado Museum is Juan de Villanueva

How many meters have Prado Museum?

Height of Prado Museum is 10.9 metres

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Construction/building type

Building Prado Museum is of type Museum

Architectural style

Architectural style of Prado Museum is Classicism

Classicism is an architectural style that originated in Europe in the 18th century and lasted until the end of the 19th century. Its name is derived from the Greek word 'klasis', meaning 'classic', which means perfection and perfect model. In classicism, adherence to the principles of proportion and harmony is paramount, which is evident in the simple and regular forms of buildings. ... czytaj więcej.

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What area have Prado Museum?

Prado Museum have area of 41 995 m² - display area

Practical informations

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What is the cost of entry for Prado Museum?

Tickets for Prado Museum are available at the following prices and variants:

  • Normal ticket: €15.
  • Reduced: €7.50.
  • Free: All visitors Monday to Saturday: 18:00 - 20:00 and on Sundays and public holidays: 17:00 - 19:00.

At what times is open Prado Museum?

Prado Museum is open or accessible to the public on the following dates and times:

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm.
  • Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 7pm.
  • Closed: 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
  • Reduced opening hours: 6 January, 24 and 31 December (10am to 2pm).

Other names

The building is also known by other common names or in the original language, i.e. Museo del Prado

Official website

The official website of the building, where up-to-date information can be found, is

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Polecam dla będących w Madrycie, ale z góry uprzedzam, aby zaplanować sobie tam min. 2 godziny na zwiedzanie :D
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