Objectives and Purposes

The main objective of the Museo del Prado is to accomplish the following purposes:

  • Guarantee the protection, conservation as well as encouraging the enrichment and improvement of the Spanish Heritage related to the Museum.
  • Exhibit the Collection in accurate conditions in order to allow its enjoyment and study.
  • Foster and guarantee access to the collection. Provide the study of collections to researchers. Boost knowledge and promotion of the Museum's works of art and heritage supporting educational programs and cultural disclosure activities.
  • Develop research programs as well as training programs to professionals. Organize temporary exhibitions in collaboration with other museums, universities and/or cultural institutions in a mutual compromise just to achieve the exhibition's purpose. Encourage partnership with institutions within or closely linked to the Public Administration, paying attention to those with a high approach and profile in the museum field.
  • Offer services of counseling, researching, scientific or technical reporting, to State General Administration's bodies if required, or if related with agreements or contracts granted to both public and private entities or individuals, as long as it complains with previously settled conditions and requirements.

Article 3, Museo del Prado Act 46/2003, 25th November.

Legal framework and organizational structure

The approval of the Museo Nacional del Prado Act, November 2003, supposed to go from being an Autonomous Body to become an Entity of Public Law; in other words, it means a greater autonomy of operation without its public nature being diminished. The Museum's new management model is part of the trend successfully developed in other major public museums in Europe.

This administrative reform, adopted by the Spanish Parliament with the consensus of most political parties, coincided in time with the final stage of the Museum's latest extension, designed by Rafael Moneo, in order to guarantee greater activity and provide new services to the visitors. One of this reform's main aims was to get the Museum involved in its management to a greater extent, increasing its capacity for self-financing from 27% in 2003 to 50 %, with respect to its operating expenditure, which was achieved and even slightly surpassed in 2009. This way, the Museo Nacional del Prado has been able to improve considerably resources committed to conservation, research and dissemination of the artistic heritage that houses.

The current governing bodies of the Museum are the same to the previous legal framework: President (the Minister of Culture), Royal Trust and Director of the Museum. Their general functions are clearly defined in the Museum Statute bestowing the Director full powers related to every day management of the institution. Besides the Director of the Museum, assisted by a Deputy Director of Conservation and a Deputy Director of Administration, the organizational structure of the Museum is built around the Conservation and Administration Departments. Additionally, the Departments of Communication, Marketing and Institutional Relations are in direct dependence of the Director.

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