Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Tel: 34 91 330 2800
Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the world's greatest art museumsin Europe's top three, with Paris's Louvre and the Uffizi in FlorenceEl Prado is now bigger and better thanks to Pritzker Prizewinning architect Rafael Moneo's addition, which doubled the museum's floor space. Moneo's $100 million extension links the original 18th-century Prado with the Iglesia de los Jerónimos buildingwhich has a new skin around its crumbling cloistersand an underground passage. The extra space has allowed much more of the museum's collection of more than 7,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 2,400 prints, and 6,000 drawings to come out of storage. Highlights include Velÿzquez's Las Meninas; a sweeping collection of Goyas, including the canonical war image Tres de Mayo; and a fascinating group of paintings by El Greco, with his trademark pallid, ghostly use of color.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 8 pm.