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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • See the highlights of the Prado Museum’s incredible collection with an art expert guide
  • Hear tales of King Charles III who commissioned the Prado to be built in the late 18th century
  • Learn about influential European artists like Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
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Entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum.
Individual radioguided system
Monolingual in English guided tour (from April to October)
Bilingual guided tour in English and Spanish (all year around).
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

C. de Felipe IV, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Madrid City Tour Information Center, where Madrid City Tour red double decker buses stop.

Return Details

C. de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Skip the long lines and get right inside the Prado, Madrid’s most famous art museum, during this 90-minute guided tour covering its top highlights. This insider’s discovery of this top-notch cultural institution, limited to just 20 guests per group, is sure to give you a new perspective on Spain’s incredible art history.

Start your visit at 3pm outside the Prado, where you’ll meet your guide for the day and receive your priority-access admission to the museum, allowing you to jump right past the crowds and head straight inside. 

This incredible art museum is one of Spain’s, and Europe’s, finest, covering more than 9,000 paintings plus numerous sculptures, drawings and prints. Learn about the museum’s founding as you wander with your guide. Originally devised by King Charles III in the 18th century, the collections housed in this neo-classical building soon outgrew the space available, resulting two-further expansions.

Follow your guide as you visit some of the museum’s top pieces in chronological order, beginning with a look at the work of Hieronymus Bosch including his The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Seven Deadly Sins. Proceed next on an exploration of the works of Spanish renaissance artist El Greco, whose output includes sculpture, architecture and painting. Learn about his unique style as evidenced in his work The Annunciation. Continue to view Las Meninas by Velazquez, considered by many to be one of the most iconic artworks in Western history. End your art tour with a look at The Family of Carlos IV by Francisco Goya, a work that includes an image of the artist himself — an unexpected decision at the time it was painted in the 19th century.

End your Prado visit inside the museum, where you can continue your exploration at your leisure.
Stop At:  
Prado National Museum
Meet your guide by the Madrid City Tour Information Center next to Prado Museum. Remember to check in 15 minutes in advance of your activity. Enjoy a guided tour without queues with your skip the line ticket. Visit the most important paintings throughout the Museum. Admire great artworks by el Bosco, el Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Rubens. Discover the aim of the original building and why it changed to hold one of the most important art galleries in the world. The current exhibition holds more than 1.000 paintings of four different centuries. Given that for a first time visitor this can be overwhelming, let your guide show you around the site and learn about some of the most important works and its backstories. Did you know the royal collection represents the museum’s foundation? Once your guided tour finishes you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On rare occasions, Prado Museum may be closed with little notice due to private functions taking place; impacted bookings will be offered an alternative date to visit or a full refund
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot
  • Prado Museum visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Museum Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • It is possible that some of the paintings that are in our program were not available, despite belonging to the permanent collections of the three museums, because it was assigned for some exhibition, in this case, would be replaced by another painting with a similar artistic value.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If yu bring a backpack, you will delay enrty for the enitre group and everyone will have to wait on a longer line to get in." See review
  • "Make sure you pick up a “plan” of the museum or you will be lost." See review


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Great - just not enough time
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed, but the crowds were intense and there wasn't enough time to really absorb and explore...both items on our timing.
Great Access and great tour guide.
, Nov 2019
Although the access seemed efficient and best to do with so many tours going on at the same time you could barely hear your tour guide. It would be super helpful if you knew ahead time what artists or period they cover beforehand to see if that tour would be best. We enjoyed it but needs to be better organized so you can actually see the paintings they refer to and hear.
Got left for just 2 minutes
, Oct 2019
We were two minutes late due to the cooking class that Viator set up that was held earlier that same day and the guide for the Prado Tour left without us. When we ask if we could join them they said no, so we lost all of the money we paid for the tour. We were not happy after all the money we've spent on Viator tours over the years for two minutes!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Informative guide
Loretta T
, Oct 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and spent time on the greatest (in our opinion) paintings -- by Goya and Bosch. However, even though she used a cane she race-walked throughout, so it was difficult for some of us to keep up (but we managed). All things considered, we really loved this tour and fulfilled another item on our bucket lists. We are a mother-daughter team who loves to travel together.(For some strange reason, you do not have a category for us so I had to check off "solo".)
Good Overview Of Several Of The Top Works
Debra F
, Oct 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable, and in a museum so vast and crowded in the fall season, it was great to be guided directly to the top works of art. After the tour, we took a break and then went back for some more on our own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ended too quickly
, Oct 2019
I would have liked to see more. Our guide was very good but I felt she spent too much time on a few paintings when we could have seen more.
Saves a lot of time in line, interesting, and teaching
, Oct 2019
The Guide was interesting and knowledgeable. Thanks to her, we quickly got to all the important and interesting pictures and got an interesting explanation from her.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect tour of the highlights
, Oct 2019
Our guide was excellent ...clearly explaining the most significant paintings. She was upbeat and very interesting
1 traveler found this review helpful
Prado Musuem
, Oct 2019
Excellent tour and tour agent was well versed n the art history. Great job! I would highly recommend this skip the line tour!
Prado Tour - I missed it!
, Oct 2019
Unfortunately, I missed the tour because I could not find the meeting point. The directions were too vague for me, and people I asked (including the police) did not know the location and were no help. When I finally found it, about 1/2 hour late, of course the tour had left. It was a very obvious place; it's just that there are so many obvious places I could not fin the right one. If the directions had included a cross street, it would have been better.

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