Prado Museum Opening Hours

Plan Your Visit to Prado Museum

Prado Museum Opening Hours

prado museum opening hours
  • Regular Opening Hours:
    Monday to Saturday - 10 AM to 8 PM
    Sundays & holidays - 10 AM to 5 PM
    Note: Prado Museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th. 
  • Limited Opening Hours: On January 6th, December 24th, and December 31th, Prado Museum will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Free Access: Visitors can enjoy free access to Prado Museum on these days:
    Monday to Saturday - 6 PM to 8 PM
    Sundays & holidays - 3 PM to 5 PM

Prado Museum location

Address and Directions

Prado Museum is located in Central Madrid, at Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón, and is easily accessible by bus, and metro.

Address: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain

About Prado Museum Madrid

How to get to Prado Museum

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By Metro

If you wish to travel by metro, you can get down at either Atocha station (Blue Line L1) or Banco de Espana station (Red Line L2). The museum is merely a 10-minute-walk from both these stations.

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By Bus

If you wish to travel by bus, you can take lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 or 45. Any of these buses will take you to Prado Museum Madrid. 

Know Before you visit Prado Museum

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Visitor Tips
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prado museum tickets

You can choose from three types of tickets to visit Prado Museum:

  • Entry: Gain direct entry into the museum.
  • Guided Tour: You will be accompanied by an expert guide who gives you insight into each work of art.
  • Combo: Visit Prado Museum and another venue of your choice through these combo tickets.
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prado museum free access

Prado Museum offers visitors a chance to explore the museum for free on certain days and times. These are:

  • Monday to Saturday: 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Sundays & holidays: 3 PM to 5 PM
get to prado museum

Spread across four floors, Prado Museum Madrid is massive with five entrances to its name. 

Puerta de Goya Baja - If you wish to purchase on the spot tickets, head over to this entrance on Felipe IV Street in Plaza de Goya. Because it offers several concessions and discounts, it tends to be quite crowded.

Puerta de Goya Alta - Another entrance on Felipe IV Street, Puerta de Goya Alta is equipped with automated ticketing machines. While the queues here tend to be shorted, you will have to pay full price for your tickets. 

Puerta de Velázquez, Puerta de los Jerónimos, and Puerta de Murillo - If you have purchased your tickets online, you can take your pick from any of these entrances. The queues at all three of these entrances tend to be short. However, if you are in a hurry, you can head over to Puerta de Murillo which has the shortest lines. 

facilities at prado
  • Lift
  • Audioguides
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Cloakroom
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gift shop
  • Baby stroller

Please note that cloakroom services, audioguides, strollers, and group guides will not be available until further notice

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Cafe Prado

If you wish to take a break from marveling at the masterpieces on display, head over to Cafe Prado, located right next to the gift shop.

Since this is the only cafe in the museum, you will most likely find it crowded. It is open from 10 AM to 8 PM, same as the museum. 

the triumph of bacchus

Prado Museum houses some of the most important pieces of European art. It is heralded often for its vast collection of Spanish paintings (especially Goya's works), unmatched by any other museum. When visiting, here are some artworks you should not miss:

  • The Triumph of Bacchus, Diego Velázquez
  • Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez
  • Saturn, Francisco Goya
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch
  • The Pottery Vendor, Francisco Goya
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prado museum tips
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please confirm that you are healthy before visiting the museum.
  • Please note that visitors' temperatures will be screened, which must be less than 37.5ºC for entry.
  • ATM cards are the preferred mode of payment inside the museum. 
  • Since all visitors are allotted time slots, it is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Wipes, disinfectant gels, and closed bins are available at the museum. 
  • Keep in mind that photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum. 
  • If you wish to commemorate your experience with a souvenir, head over to the Prado Museum souvenir shop.
what to do around prado museum
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Home to European art from 13th to 20th centuries the museum is one-third of the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid.
  • Reina Sofia Museum: One of the three of the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid, the museum features important 20th century Spanish artworks.
  • Plaza Mayor: The lively main square of Madrid, Plaza Mayor is a must-see!
  • Puerta del Sol: Also known as the Gate of the Sun, the Puerta del Sol is one of the most important and busiest main squares in the city.
  • Royal Botanic Garden: The Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid was created in 1755 and covers 8 hectares with stunning flowers and lush plants.

Rules to Visit Prado Museum

  • All visitors are requested to book their tickets online. 
  • Visitors can select the time of their visit while booking tickets.
  • A maximum of 10 people is allowed, including guides.
  • At parts of the museum, you will find recommendations from staff or capacity markings. Please pay heed to these.
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask for the entire duration of your visit. 
  • The museum is accessible to everyone with reduced mobility or baby carriages.
  • All visitors should maintain social distancing both inside and outside the Prado Museum.
  • Backpacks, motorcycle helmets, and small bags & suitcases can be deposited in the cloakroom. For hygienic reasons, you cannot deposit your coats.
  • Audio guide, group guide, and baby strollers services shall remain suspended until further notice.  

Prado Museum FAQs

What are the Prado Museum opening hours?

Prado museum opening hours are as follows:
Monday to Saturday - 10 AM to 8 PM
Sundays & holidays - 10 AM to 5 PM

Is it safe to visit Prado Museum?

It is safe to visit Prado Museum as safety measures like social distancing is strictly followed at the museum.

What are the facilities available at Prado Museum?

Audioguides, baby-changing facilities, and lockers are some of the facilities available at Prado Museum. Please note that some of these facilities may be unavailable until further notice.

How do I reach Prado Museum?

Prado Museum is easily accessible by both metro and bus.

What are some of the Prado Museum highlights?

Francisco Goya’s La Maja Desnuda, Raphael’s The Cardinal, and Titian’s Venus are some of the famous paintings at Prado Museum. 

Can I access Prado Museum for free?

Visitors can enjoy free access to Prado Museum on:
Monday to Saturday - 6 PM to 8 PM
Sundays & holidays - 3 PM to 5 PM

Is Prado Museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Prado Museum is accessible for those visitors with limited mobility.

What's included in a Prado Museum ticket?

Depending on the Prado Museum ticket, you'll enjoy skip-the-line entry as well as all-inclusive access to the museum.

Can I enjoy skip-the-line facility in Prado Museum tickets?

Some Prado Museum tickets like the entry ticket has a skip-the-line facility that visitors can enjoy.

What are the different types of Prado Museum tickets available?

Entry tickets, guided tour tickets and combo tickets are some of the most popular types of Prado Museum tickets.

Do I need to book my Prado Museum tickets in advance?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, online booking of Prado Museum tickets has been made mandatory. Visitors are requested to book their ticket at least one day in advance.

How much is the Prado Museum entrance fee?

Prado Museum entrance fee will be around €15.