Museo del Prado with Optional Reina Sofia Museum

Cultural & Theme Tours in Spain

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Hit the Prado Museum as the first visitors when the doors open to the public on this 4-hour Madrid tour. This experience offers access to the museum early in the morning before the crowds arrive. An expert guide will lead you through this beautiful building and you’ll see works such as Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and El Greco’s ‘The Annunciation’. Learn about the artwork from a guide, and then if you wish, choose the option that includes the Reina Sofía Museum and head there to admire abstract and surrealist works by Picasso, Dali and more.
With your guide, head inside the museum before it opens its main doors. You’ll be among the first to enter on this Viator VIP, so you can enjoy the art without the crowds that appear later in the day. Stroll around to see some of the best-known treasures and discover the history of the neoclassical building, commissioned by King Charles III in the late 18th century.View master works such as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, The Annunciation by El Greco and Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Listen as your guide recounts the stories behind each piece, and shares observations about their composition and style.Next, visit the Reina Sofía Museum, another of Madrid’s premier galleries and one that is dedicated to 20th-century Spanish art.Follow your guide through the museum, converted from a hospital building, and view pieces by luminaries such as surrealist Joan Miro and cubist Juan Gris.Marvel at Picasso’s masterpiece of Guernica, and ogle works by surrealist Salvador Dali. Learn about each artist’s life and the abstractions they used to convey meaning. After around six hours in total, your tour ends.If you enhance your experience, consider an upgrade option when you book:9am VIP Private Tour:Explore the Prado Museum with a private guide, just for your sole group. Available for a maximum group size of eight people, the private tour offers a more personalised way to see the Prado, with commentary tailored to your interests.9am VIP Small-Group Tour: Enjoy the Prado Museum early access tour with a small group and guide. The maximum group size is 15 people, ensuring an intimate tour of this esteemed art museum. Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

What’s included

  • Professional guide (bilingual)
  • Entry/Admission - Prado National Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


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