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Museo Nacional del Prado

Address Ruiz de Alarcón 23; 28014 Madrid
Neighbourhood Recoletos | See on map
Metro Atocha [L1]
Telephone +34 91 330 2800
Website http://www.museoprado.es
Price EUR 8
Hours Tue-Sun 09-20

Considered one of the finest art museums in the world, the Prado got a headstart by poaching (oh alright, housing) most of its collection from the Spanish royal family. As such it houses over 4,000 paintings, alongside sculptures, drawings, prints and decorative objects.

Only about 1,500 paintings are on display at the time due to space constraints, but you might still want to stretch your visit over more than one day if this kind of stuff is your thing. Old Spanish masters include Velázquez, El Greco, Goya and Ribera, whilst you’ll also find Italian and Flemish contributions, as well as works by Titian, Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens and Raphael.

Stop by the recently opened café on the ground floor for a cortado, and make sure to check out whatever temporary exhibition is taking place alongside the permanent works, which often come with accompanying events such as concerts or film screenings.