Madrid’s Prado Museum reopens to the public today after a multi-million euro facelift and expansion. It has been five years in the making but the prestigious museum now has numerous new exhibition rooms, having grown by half its size. Following the royal inauguration, entrance is free for a week. The remodelling is the brainchild of Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
A 15th century cloister was incorporated into the new-look museum to pacify protestors who were outraged it might be demolished to make way for the expansion. The museum curators have plans to show off numerous works of art from its collection which have never been put on public display before because there was not enough room.
Before these works, the museum had undergone no major works since it was built in 1819.