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Opening Hours

January 16th to May 31st (except for Holy Week) and October 1st to December 15th

Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am to 5pm (Book and other materials service until 4:30pm)

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 2:30pm (Book and other materials service until 2pm)

Fridays from 8:30am to 2pm (Books and other materials service until 1:30pm)

Limited Opening Hours

June 1st to September 30th, December 16th to January 15th, Holy Week

Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 2pm (Books and other materials service until 1:30pm)


Museo Nacional del Prado. Casón del Buen Retiro
c/ Alfonso XII, 28. 28014 Madrid


The Archive of the Museo Nacional del Prado comprises approximately 5.200 boxes that contain the documentation generated by the different departments of the Museum since its foundation in the first third of the 19th century until present. The entire content of the Archive has been computerized and can be consulted in situ on the terminals available in the Reading Room. The Archive department is currently working on the description and digitalization of the most important series (Acquisitions, Donations and Bequests) up to the level of individual documents. This information will soon be accessible through the website.

The Archive can be consulted by all researchers with an interest in the collection and history of the Museum following the actual legislation.

Consultation of documents

The archive inventory can be consulted through the database that is accessible from the Reading Room terminals. Once the documentation has been found, and in case it is not digitalized, the user must fill in a form and then submit it to the Reading Room Information Counter.

Reproduction of documents

  • When requesting reproduction permission, please approach the Library Reading Room Counter.
  • If the requested document has been previously digitalized, a copy generated from this existing reproduction will be submitted by printing the electronic file.
  • Specific documents can only be reproduced by photography, digital image or microfilm.
  • Should the research is published and includes references on consulted documentation a copy of such publication must be sent to the Museum Library.

Contact and suggestions

For enquiries relating to the Archive and its services, please call +913302800 or send an e-mail to

Digital archive

Digital archive