This imposingly-structured museum stands proudly on Paseo del Prado, inside the Villanueva building, a construction ordered by Charles III of Villanueva at the end of the 19th century to act as the headquarters of the Gabinete de Historia Natural.
The basic collection comprises sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, coinage, medals and other decorative art forms, making this one of the most significant collections of its kind.
The most remarkable part has to be the selection of Spanish paintings, the most comprehensive in the whole world, a collection that covers everything from the 11th to 18th century.
Artists from the Spanish school such as Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and Goya are represented in the rooms of this museum, along with members of other European schools of art, such as Rubens, Botticelli, Raphaël, Titian, and Poussin.
Within the walls of this building you'll discover magnificent works of universal historical and artistic importance, including Velázquez's "Ménines", Goya's "Maja Desnuda" and Bosco's "Jardin des Délices".