Ideally located in central Madrid, on the beautiful Paseo del Arte, The Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) is Madrid’s top cultural attraction and undeniably the most famous museum in Spain.
Besides being home to the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the world, the Prado Museum is also a great way to discover the city’s rich cultural legacy.
With more than 9,000 paintings, 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals, and other 2,000 superb decorative objects, the gallery stands alongside Paris’ Le Louvre and London’s British Museum on top of the world’s greatest museums.
The unique collection of paintings displayed in the Prado brings to the forefront masterpieces of such artists as El Greco, Murillo, Goya, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Van Dyck, or Ribera, celebrating the period between the Romanesque and the 19th century.
Highlights of The Museo Nacional del Prado include Las Meninas – Velazquez’s most precious oil on canvas, the vivid Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, or Nobleman with his hand on his chest by El Greco.
In addition to paintings, the Prado features an extraordinary curation of classical sculptures, including Roman carvings, as well as a beautiful collection of Italian bronze sculptures and some remarkable decorative art inherited by Felipe V from his father. These comprise jewels, golden and silver items, pottery, and many other timeless delights.