Museo del Prado
Any destination that houses Velázquez’ infamous Las Meninas is destined to become an unforgettable museum experience, but Madrid Museo del Prado has gone beyond this masterwork to become Spain’s leading museum, with what is undoubtedly the world’s best collection of Spanish art, as well as plenty of beautiful works from all over Europe.
Aside from Velázquez, Rubens, Titian, and Goya all feature in this collection of around 7,600 paintings, 1000 sculptures, and 4,800 prints, and 82,000 drawings, as well as a multitude of other historical artefacts and documents. This collection is responsible for much of our favourite temporary exhibitions in institutions around the world, often loaning all manner of works, but seeing its chosen works in their true beautiful home is an unparalleled experience.
The building itself was designed in 1785 as a destination for the National History Cabinet, but this soon expanded and by 1819 the museum was founded and open to the public, originally as a place to display the royal art collection. Now, the Museo del Prado also holds a series of excellent changing exhibitions that compliment the permanent collection. Special focus is given to exploring the work of artists that already have one or two works in the collection, and shedding new light on old masters.
Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 23
+ 34 914 290 717
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 10.00 – 19.00
Metro: Banco de Espana Station or Atocha Station
Train: Atocha Station