Queueing for the Prado

June 16 2016

Image of Queueing for the Prado

Picture: BG

I was in the wonderful Prado yesterday, looking at some pictures for my new BBC4 series. The queue to get in went half way round the block. You had first to join one line to buy a ticket, and then another one (much shorter) to get through security (x-ray machines and body scanners). All of this is perfectly understandable. But it makes me realise how lucky we are in Britain just to be able to walk straight into our museums. With funding uncertain, and security an ever present issue, can it last?

Update - a reader writes:

I write you about your opinion to get into the Prado museum. You can buy the tickets online to don't make the main queue. About the second line, it's only one minute long more or less. You may know that there is not any similar experience to see a painting through any glass as it occurs in almost every picture gallery. It is a honor to have some of the most important European paintings and enjoy them in such priceless way. 

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