Prado Museum Hours

All You Need to Know About the Prado Museum Hours Before Your Visit

Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain is one of the finest art museums in the world. The museum houses nearly 20,000 works of art, including 7,600 paintings. Prado Museum is known to house the biggest collection of European art featuring artists like Francisco Goya, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian. Read on to know the Prado Museum hours and the best time to visit.

Prado Museum Hours

Prado Museum Hours

General Timings: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 8 PM . Sundays and public holidays: 10 AM to 7 PM 

Free Entry: Free entry from Monday to Saturday between 6 PM to 8 PM and Sundays and public holidays from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25. Limited opening hours on January 6, December 24, and December 31 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Duration of Visit: Prado Museum's collection is very vast. We recommend spending between three to four hours exploring the collections. 

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What is the Best Time to Visit Prado Museum?

Prado Museum Hours

Weekday vs Weekend

Prado Museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world. It's a very popular tourist destination in all of Europe. The best time to visit Prado Museum is during weekdays when it opens at 10 AM. This will help you beat the crowd. 

Another good time slot to plan your visit is between 2 PM and 4 PM. If you wish to visit the Prado Museum for free, you can choose Monday to Saturday between 6 PM to 8 PM and Sundays and public holidays between 5 PM to 7 PM. However, you should expect large crowds during the free hours.

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Peak Season vs Low Season

The best time to visit the Prado Museum is during Spring or Autumn. March to May marks the Spring season in Madrid. Spring is ideal as you get plenty of sunshine, milder rains, and pleasant temperatures touching about 22 degree-Celsius. Another good time to visit is during Autumn, which falls between September and November. 

December and January is the winter season and the coldest months of the year, with temperatures dropping sub-zero. However, this is a good time to get discounts on hotel bookings with many festivities in the city. Summer arrives in June and lasts till August. Although these months bring a lot of tourists, the weather is very hot. The average temperature in the summer is around 27 degrees Celsius.

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Prado Museum Tickets

Prado Museum Timed Entry Tickets

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Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip the Line Entry

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Combo Ticket: Royal Palace of Madrid with Prado Museum

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Frequently Asked Questions About Prado Museum Hours

Q. What are the Prado Museum hours?

A. The Prado Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday between 10 AM to 8 PM and on Sundays and public holidays from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Q. Is the Prado Museum open every day?

A. The Prado Museum is open throughout the year except on January 1, May 1, and December 25.

Q. When is the Prado Museum closed?

A. Prado Museum is closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25.

Q. How long should I spend at the Prado Museum?

A. We recommend spending between 2 to 4 hours at the Prado Museum.

Q. What is the best time to visit the Prado Museum?

A. The best time to visit Prado Museum is when the Museum opens at 10 AM. You can also visit the Prado Museum without crowds between 2 PM and 4 PM on weekdays.

Q. Can I visit the Prado Museum for free?

A. Yes, you can explore the Prado Museum for free from Monday to Saturday between 6 PM to 8 PM and on Sundays and public holidays from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Q. Is the Prado Museum open on public holidays?

A. Yes, Prado Museum is open on public holidays from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Q. Should I visit the Prado Museum on a public holiday?

A. Prado Museum is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Madrid. You can visit the museum on a public holiday but bear in mind that there will be large crowds and long queues.

Q. What are the Prado Museum hours for exhibitions?

A. The Prado Museum hours for exhibitions vary.