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Visual Guide to the Prado Museum

This Visual Guide is an educational resource intended to facilitate the preparation of the museum visit to people who understand better through images.

It has been compiled and illustrated with the participation of people with autism spectrum disorders, and it addresses different issues related to the museum: its history, its rules, its location, its buildings, its staff, the access points, and a series of formal and personal explanations of the museum artworks.

This autonomous material is intended to be a reference and support resource for educative environments and for relatives too. 

About the project

This visual guide is the result of collaboration between The Prado for All programme run by the Museo del Prado’s Education Area and the PAUTA association (Psicopedagogía del Autismo y Trastornos Asociados) for the inclusion of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Over a two-year period we got to know Sergio, Miguel, Rubén, Alberto, Andrés, Pablo, Luismi, Dani and Ángel Luis and shared with them the experience of visiting a museum. Their comments, experiences and illustrations are part of this educational material.

Together with a team of professionals, we carried out a number of activities both at the museum and at PAUTA. We examined various aspects related to the experience of learning about and understanding the museum: we strolled round the surrounding area, were struck by its architecture, went

Participantes en el proyecto

About the project

inside through its entrances, walked around its various rooms, enjoyed its collections, learned about what the people who work there do (security guards, museum attendants, restorers, educators and copyists), became an artwork when we met the artist Francesco Jodice, and noticed how different visitors are.

In short, we made the museum ours. All these experiences have gone into making this guide. We would like to share it as a useful resource for anyone wishing to learn about the museum, but especially for people who grasp things better through pictures,

in order to draw attention to the diverse ways of looking at and understanding the world, which enrich us all.

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More information

We would like to hear from you about how useful the guide is. We therefore invite you to send your comments, suggestions and artwork by email to the following address:elpradoparatodos@museodelprado.es
With your contributions, we will put together a diary featuring all your experiences.

To visit the museum
https://www.museodelprado.es/en/visit-the-museum
+34 902 10 70 77
Information about works of art
https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection
Information about the project and
The Prado for All programme
elpradoparatodos@museodelprado.es
+34 91 330 28 07

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¡Welcome to the Prado Museum!

We’re a group of friends. We like drawing and visiting museums.

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Miguel Dani

We’ve put together this visual guide to show you the Prado museum.

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Miguel Dani

Prado Museum

Museums are places that display objects.

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Dani

Costume museum

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Dani
Museum

Museum

Museo del traje
Transport museum
Science museum
Archaeological museum
Art museum

The Prado museum displays paintings and sculptures.

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Dani

Painting

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Dani

The museum’s paintings and sculptures are works of art.

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Dani
Works of art

Works of art

Artists make works of art.

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Dani

Velázquez

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Dani

King Charles III had the museum building constructed many years ago.

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Dani
Carlos III
Museum

PRADO MUSEUM

King Ferdinand VII and his wife Isabel de Braganza opened the museum.

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Dani
Ferdinand VII and Isabel de Braganza
Museum

MUSEO DEL PRADO

19 november 1819

Different people visit the Prado museum.

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Dani

Museum rules.

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Andrés

Rules

Museum rules.

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Andrés
No touching paintings and sculptures NO

No touching paintings and sculptures

Look at sculptures and paintings

Look at sculptures and paintings

Museum rules

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Andrés
No shouting NO

No shouting

Keep your voice down

Keep your voice down

Museum rules

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Andrés
No running NO

No running

Walk around the museum

Walk around the museum

Museum rules.

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Andrés
No jumping NO

No jumping

Rest on a bench

Rest on a bench

Museum rules.

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Andrés
No photos NO

No photos

Draw in a notebook

Draw in a notebook

Museum rules.

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Andrés
No eating or drinking NO

No eating or drinking.

Eat and drink in the cafeteria

Eat and drink in the cafeteria.

Other areas of the museum you can use.

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Andrés

Location of the Prado museum.

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Ángel Luis

Location

The Prado museum is in Madrid.

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Ángel Luis

The Prado museum is in a street called Paseo del Prado.

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Ángel Luis

How to get to the Prado museum.

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Ángel Luis

Buildings of the Prado museum.

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Pablo

Buildings

The Prado museum has 4 entrances.

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Pablo

The ticket office is at the Goya entrance. People wait to buy their ticket.

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Pablo

Details of the Goya entrance

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Pablo

Ticket office

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Pablo

Velázquez entrance

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Pablo

Details of the Velázquez entrance

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Pablo

Frieze

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Pablo

Murillo entrance

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Pablo

Details of the Murillo entrance

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Pablo

Entrance

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Pablo

Jerónimos entrance

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Pablo

Details of the Jerónimos entrance

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Pablo

Jerónimos building

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Pablo

People who work at the museum

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Sergio

People who work at the museum

Security guards control the museum’s entrances.

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Sergio

A security guard’s objects

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Sergio

Orange identity card

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Sergio
Security guard

Security guard

Orange identity card
Badge
Walkie-talkie
Truncheon

Museum attendants supervise the museum rooms.

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Sergio

A museum attendant’s objects.

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Sergio

Blue identity card

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Sergio
Vigilante de seguridad

Museum attendant

Blue identity card
Chair
Walkie-talkie
Uniform

Restorers work in a museum workshop.

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Sergio

Restorers fix damaged paintings and sculptures.

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Sergio

Magnifying glasses

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Sergio
Vigilante de seguridad

Restorer

Magnifying glasses
Damaged painting
Palette
Paintbrushes

Copyists work in the museum rooms.

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Sergio

Copyists copy paintings.

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Sergio

Palette

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Sergio
Copyist

Copyist

Palette
Painter’s case
Easel
Paintbrushes

Educators help us understand the works of art.

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Sergio

Educators talk to us through a microphone.

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Sergio

Purple identity card

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Sergio
Educator

Educator

Purple identity card
Microphone
Visitor with headphones

Access to the Prado museum

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Ruben

Access

We buy a ticket at the ticket office. The ticket office is at the Goya entrance.

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Ruben

We go in through the Jerónimos entrance.

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Ruben

We show our ticket to the security guard.

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Ruben

We leave our personal belongings in the cloakroom.

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Ruben

We put our bags through the security machine.

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Ruben

We ask for a floor plan of the museum at the information desk.

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Ruben

Works of art

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Luismi

Works of art

Adam and Eve by the painter Albrecht Dürer

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Luismi

Details of the work Adam and Eve

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Luismi

Adam and Eve are naked.

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Luismi

The Garden of Earthly Delights by the painter Bosch

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Luismi

Details of the work The Garden of Earthly Delights

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Luismi

There are people, animals, plants, fruits and fantastic beings in lots of colours.

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Luismi

Democritus by the painter José de Ribera

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Luismi

Details of the work Democritus

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Luismi

We see a smiling man. He’s called Democritus. He was a philosopher.

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Luismi

Las Meninas by the painter Diego Velázquez

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Luismi

Details of the work Las Meninas

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Luismi

We see a group of people who lived in King Philip IV’s palace.

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Luismi

The Spinners by the painter Diego Velázquez

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Luismi

Details of the work The Spinners

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Luismi

This painting tells a mythological story.

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Luismi

Children with a Shell by the painter Murillo

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Luismi

Details of the work Children with a Shell

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Luismi

We see two boys dressed as shepherds. They’re Jesus and his cousin John.

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Luismi

Portrait of a Doctor by the painter El Greco

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Luismi

Details of the work Portrait of a Doctor

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Luismi

We see a man with a beard and grey hair. His clothes are black with a white collar and sleeves. One hand is resting on a book.

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Luismi

Two friars by the painter Francisco de Goya

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Luismi

Details of the work Two friars

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Luismi

An old man with a beard is leaning on a stick. He’s wearing a friar’s tunic. A man is shouting in his ear.

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Luismi

The drowning dog by the painter Francisco de Goya

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Luismi

Details of the work The drowning dog

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Luismi

There’s a dog looking up. Its body is buried in the earth. It’s a mysterious painting.

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Luismi

We are going to show you our drawings and our comments.

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Pablo Sergio

Our drawings

Hello everyone, I’m Doctor Ángel Luis Fontanero. We’re in the Prado museum. We can see pictures, paintings, dolls and drawings.

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Ángel Luis

This painting is called Las Meninas. Velázquez is in it. There are three girls, a boy and a dog. The paintings are hanging on the walls.

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Miguel

This painting shows The Spinners by the famous painter Don Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. The more detailed contours are in the 17th-century baroque style. Well, if it’s not baroque it’s 'baraque'.

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Dani

It’s called the Garden of Earthly Delights by the painter Bosch. In the countryside there’s a bird with a beak and a garden with trees and pines.

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Rubén

A person. He’s smiling. He’s got a shirt. Lots of colours.

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Sergio

There’s an old man with a beard and a bald man.

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Luis Mi

The picture is called Portrait of a Doctor. El Greco painted it. The man has got a goatee beard. He’s dressed in black.

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Pablo

A sun and a 'doooooooooooooo oooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooo

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Alberto

I liked the painting of Adam and Eve a lot. I painted it by myself.

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Andrés
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