The Archive of the Museo Nacional del Prado comprises approximately 3.500 boxes that contain the documentation generated by the different departments of the Museum since its foundation in the first third of the 19th century up to the present day. The entire content of the Archive has been computerized up to the level of individual files and can be consulted in situ on the Reading Room terminals. Work has now begun 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 and in line with the prevailing legislation. Right of access includes the option to obtain copies of documents if authorized by the Museum’s technical staff.


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 +34 9133029 73 or send an e-mail to

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