EL PRADO NATIONAL MUSEUM
Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid
The museum building started out as a Cabinet of Natural Sciences. It opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1819. The first catalogue consisted of just 311 paintings, but the museum already held more than 1500 works from the Royal Estates. These priceless collections formed the core of the current collection held by the Prado Museum. Great artworks closely linked to the history of Spain hang on its walls. The universal value of the museum's complete art collection has earned it a worldwide reputation.