The Prado Museum is one of the most important historical and cultural complexes in Spain. It has almost 8.000 paintings and around 27.000 art objects (sculptures, paintings, drawings, etc.). In this article, we will tell you how to know it, whether you are in Madrid and you can visit it as if not.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

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Virtual visit to the Prado Museum


We are facing a large-scale building, which exceeds 41.000 m². Its imposing figures and its classicist style go back to the XNUMXth century. For this reason, the Prado Museum is characterized by being one of the most representative and prestigious complexes in recent centuries.

The Prado Museum is located in the heart of Paseo del Prado. Its architect was Juan de Villanueva, who designed it in 1785 by order of Carlos III to be the Cabinet of Natural Sciences.

However, his grandson, Fernando VII, decided that it would be the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures, whose name ended up deriving in Prado Museum.

The first time it was opened to the public was in 1819. Since then, the number of visitors and exhibited works has increased considerably, for which reason several extensions have been made.

Inside this enormous construction we can find a group of rooms that house royal collections of high cultural value, some of the most outstanding made up of Spanish, Italian and Flemish works of art.

Virtual tour

If we want to visit the Prado Museum in Madrid and we cannot go, we have the option of knowing it through Google Earth, thanks to the project known as Prado masterpieces on Google Earth.

Thanks to this, we will be able to know in detail 14 works of the Prado Museum of Madrid through a museum visit In 3D. This option allows us to see the works perfectly, since the images have more than 14.000 megapixels, which is equivalent to 1.400 times higher quality than we would obtain with a 10 megapixel camera. These are the works that we can visualize:

  • self-portrait, Dürer
  • The Garden of Delights, El Bosco
  • The Nobleman with his Hand on his chest, El Greco
  • The Annunciation, Fra Angelico
  • The shootings of May 3, Goya
  • The Crucifixion, Juan de Flandes
  • The CardinalRafael
  • Sagebrush, Rembrandt
  • The dream of Jacob, Ribera
  • The Descent, Roger van der Weyden
  • The Three Graces, Rubens
  • Inmaculada Concepción, Tiepolo
  • Emperor Charles V, on horseback, in Mülhberg, Titian
  • The family of Philip IV (Las Meninas), Velazquez

To access these, we must enter Google Earth, activate the 3D Buildings layer and click on the Prado Museum. You can download the program by clicking this link.

The Prado Museum was first in carrying out this great technological innovation that allows the great works of art that it houses inside to be appreciated from anywhere in the world.

Visit the museum

If you have the opportunity to visit El Prado, you should know that it opens at 10 in the morning throughout the week. From Monday to Saturday it closes at 20:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays at 19:00 p.m. Also, the only days that it is closed are January 1, May 1 and December 25.

The general price of the ticket is € 15. However, people over 65, members of large families and holders of a youth card pay € 7,5. In addition, those under 18 years of age, students and people with disabilities do not have to pay admission.

Likewise, every day there is a time slot in which the museum is price quotation for all people. This is from 18:00 to 20:00 between Monday and Saturday and from 17:00 to 19:00 on Sundays and holidays.

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