Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado), Madrid

Address Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Map, Tel 34 91 330 2800 Call, Hours Tues to Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 9am-2pm; Mon closed, Cost Free Tue to Sat 6pm-8pm. Every Sun 5pm-8pm, Tickets tickets may be purcased by email to the address, Metro Banco de Espana Website

Keep in mind that the Goya paintings and drawings are dark and scarey, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the age and temperment of your child. Our kids loved the huge and beautiful Italian Renaissance paintings.

For 14.40€ you can buy a Paseo del Arte combined ticket which lets you skip the lines at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Arts Centre as well as the Prado. The MadridCard also gives you free admission, but you'll be hard pressed to make it a good value with kids in tow.

If you don't buy advance tickets, keep in mind that the Murillo (South) entrance often has shorter lines than the main entrance.

There is a large playground between the Banco de Espana metro stop and the museum. We recommend running your kids around for a little while at the playground to wear them out before you enter the museum.


  1. robin on December 17, 2007 at 11:13 p.m.

    please tell me about the apartment in barcelona. clean, nice, perfect? i am so fussy i am afraid.

  2. Debbie on December 18, 2007 at 6:25 a.m.

    There's a write up of our experience of the Barcelona Apartment here:

    Overall we were happy with the apartment. The space was great as was the location. It wasn't as clean as we would have liked (some dust around the edges and maid service never showed up), but since all the cleaning supplies were in the apartment that was easy enough to remedy.