thirteen things to keep in mind when Visiting  prado museum

Limited hours

Prado Museum is open for limited hours on 6 January, 24 December, and 31 December. The Museum opens at 10 am and closes at 2 pm on these three days.

Duration required

Focusing only on the masterpieces at the Prado Art Museum can take 90 minutes to finish the tour.  If you plan to stretch beyond the must-sees, you will need three to four hours.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Prado Museum is at 10 am when they open. The second best option is to grab an early lunch and visit the Prado Museum after 2 pm, once the crowd has thinned.

Timed entry

Prado Museum tickets are timed. The slots start at 10 am and are available every 15 minutes. You must be in the line at least 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.

Wear comfortable shoes

The Prado Museum is extended and has many galleries, so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes, and consider bringing a bottle of water with you.

Book in advance

Booking Prado Museum tickets online in advance can skip the long lines at the ticket counter. Depending on the time of the day and season, this saves 15 to 45 minutes of waiting time.

Take a break

Café Prado offers a variety of food and drink options, including sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. Take a break to relax and recharge before continuing your visit to the museum.

Free entry

The last two hours of the day are free entry and the most crowded time. Monday to Saturday, visitors can walk in for free from 6 pm to 7.30 pm and on Sundays and holidays, from 3 pm to 4.30 pm.

Skip-the-line ticket

This self-guided tour ticket lets you access the permanent collection and the regularly rotating temporary exhibitions.

Guided tour

In this 90-minute guided tour, you skip the lines and avoid the crowd, and a guide takes you on a smart route and shows the masterpieces at Prada Madrid.

Paseo del Arte ticket

The Paseo del Arte pass is one ticket for entry into three of the finest art Museums, and it is valid for one year from the date selected during your purchase.