Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain - Firebird City Guides

You are here

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
The Prado Museum called "Museo del Prado" in Spanish is the country's main national art museum situated in the heart of Madrid. It is Spain's most famous museum of paintings and sculpture and the proud owner of the best single collection of Spanish art on the planet.

The building that is now the home of the Prado Museum was designed in 1785 yet its final function wasn't decided until Ferdinand VII the monarch's grandson, encouraged by his wife, decided to use it as a new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures. The Royal Museum, which soon became known as the Museo Nacional del Prado, was first open to the public in November 1819. The main aim of El Prado was to display the works of art belonging to the Spanish Crown and to show the rest of Europe that Spanish art was of equal merit to any other nation's art.

The Prado obtains collections based on the former Spanish Royal Collection and houses some of the world's finest European art, dating from the 12th to the early 19th century. The museum's main exposition is dedicated to the numerous works by Francisco de Goya the most extensively represented artist in El Prado. Among other highlights are masterpieces by Diego Velázquez such as the famous Las Meninas, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.

As of today the collection is made up of over 7600 paintings, 1000 sculptures, 4800 prints and 8200 drawings, as well as a large number of other works of art and historic documents.

Receiving more than 2 million visitors annually the Prado is admired by people from all over the world and is considered one the greatest museums of art on the globe, thus it is an absolute must-visit when in Madrid.

See it on following tours

Private tour | Classic

Best of Spain
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Barcelona | Granada | Cordoba | Seville | Madrid | Toledo

See the most sought-after sights of Spain from Barcelona to southern towns of Andalucia - Granada, Cordoba, and Seville - as well as the capital city Madrid with our tailor-made 12-day private tour.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

3 cities

2 countries

Barcelona | Madrid | Lisbon

Travel Spain and Portugal on a private tour brought to you by Firebird. Tour from Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid & Barcelona in Spain. Experience the colorful Iberia!

Private tour | Classic, Easy Pace

The Heart of Spain
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

3 cities

1 country

Madrid | Toledo | El Escorial

Experience the culture and energy of Spain with a private tour that combines the best of Madrid, Toledo, and San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Begin your exploration in Spain's capital and enjoy a guided tour in every city of your journey, spicing things up with a Flamenco show.

Private tour | Heritage

Barcelona, Basque Country, Rioja & Madrid
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

11 days

4 cities

1 country

Barcelona | San Sebastian | Bilbao | Madrid

Circle the heart of Spain and visit its top attractions from Barcelona to San Sebastian and Bilbao to the sunny capital, Madrid. Enjoy the famous Rioja wine straight from the Spanish winery and learn about the sunny county from exceptional tour guides.

Private tour | Heritage

Madrid, Castile and Leon & Galicia
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

11 days

4 cities

1 country

Madrid | Salamanca | Leon | Santiago de Compostela

Set off on an exhilarating adventure from Madrid's highlights to Northwestern jewels of Spain: Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Leon & Santiago De Compostela. Take advantage of our exceptional tour guides, learning more in every of the seven city tours. 

Private tour | Classic

Treasures of Southern Spain
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

10 days

4 cities

1 country

Madrid | Cordoba | Granada | Seville

See the top splendor of Spain's incredible south from Madrid and Toledo to Cordoba, Granada, and Seville. Enjoy excellent tour guide services in seven locations and spice your experience with an authentic Flamenco show.

Small group tour | Top Picks, Spring, Fall

Treasures of Southern Spain
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Apr 07, 2019

8 days

5 cities

1 country

Madrid | Toledo | Cordoba | Granada | Seville

Discover the treasures of Southern Spain in a small group! Enjoy the main highlights from Madrid and Toledo to the enchanting southern gems: Cordoba, Granada & Seville.

Small group tour | Spring, Fall

Madrid & Barcelona + Northern Spain
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Apr 07, 2019

11 days

5 cities

1 country

Madrid | Cordoba | Granada | Seville | Barcelona

Enjoy the highlights of Madrid & the incredible Southern Spain cities, then make your way to Barcelona. Get to know charming Spain with exceptional sightseeing tours. Best central hotels, easy connections, and a petite group pf travelers.

Private tour | Spring, Fall, Easy Pace

Iberian Discovery Private
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

3 cities

2 countries

Lisbon | Madrid | Barcelona

Combine the sunniest destinations in Europe in one fully-customizable private tour of Portugal and Spain. In 9 days traverse the most iconic highlights of Lisbon, including Belem and Sintra, Madrid's Prado Museum and Asturias district, and travel to Barcelona to enjoy Gaudi gems.

Private tour | Classic

Two Spanish Capitals
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

6 days

2 cities

1 country

Madrid | Barcelona

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Guell Park, the Royal Palace in Madrid, as well as the iconic Prado Museum are all on the radar of this fully-customizable Spain tour. Stays at best 4-star hotels, guided tours with local pros, airport transfers and only best transport for connections included.

Private tour | Adventure, Spring, Summer, Fall

Two Continents: from Barcelona to Marrakech
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

24 days

8 cities

3 countries

Barcelona | Madrid | Seville | Granada | Malaga | Fes | Marrakech | Lisbon

Start your personal trans-continental adventure of the world's brightest countries and see the best of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal during the 24-day private tour. Exceptional guided tours and local experiences will make your trip truly insightful.

Private tour | Heritage

From Barcelona to Seville
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

12 days

7 cities

1 country

Barcelona | Valencia | Madrid | Toledo | Cordoba | Granada | Seville

Explore Spain like the locals do with our 12-day private tour program that includes excellent downtown hotels, experienced local guides and most comfortable transportation during the trip. Tour around six charming Spanish cities and enjoy wonderful sights.

Private tour | Platinum

Premium Spain tour
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingFull
  • ratingHalf
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Madrid | Toledo | Seville | Cordoba | Granada

Spain has got it all: abundant history, stunning architecture, enchanting culture and delicious cuisine. Rejoice it all during exciting sightseeing tours with professional guides and stay 5-star hotels.

E.g., Dec 11 2018