DESCRIPTION: The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building’s final purpose – as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures – was the decision of the monarch’s grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Museo Nacional del Prado, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819. The Museum’s first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum’s collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.
The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman’s hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation. Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2nd, Pestles and Black Paintings.
PERIOD: 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018
FRENQUENCY: Daily: April to October
Every Saturday: November to March
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm
CHECK IN TIME: 15 minutes before departing time
DURATION: 1 hour and 30 minutes, approx.
DEPARTURE POINT: Our guide will meet the customers by Madrid City Tour Information Center at Felipe IV str, next to the Prado Museum
ARRIVAL POINT: The tour ends at Prado Museum. Ticket is valid for all day long
TYPE OF SALE: Free Sale with a release of 24 hours
CANCELATION POLICY: 100% cancellation fee applies if canceled less than 24 hours or no show
BLACKOUT DATES: 01 May, 18 May, 25 Dec, 01 Jan
VOUCHER TYPE: Printed voucher (E-voucher not accepted)
- Bilingual Official guide.
- Entrance to Prado Museum valid for one day, until closing time
- Lunch, beverages or other services not specified above