Declared an Artistic Garden in 1942, its collections include an outstanding herbarium with more than a million entries, the library and the archive - with nearly 10,000 drawings - as well as the exhibition of 5,000 species of live plants.
Guided tours are offered in order to know the multitude of species that inhabit this green corner of the city centre, from onions or roses to the most exotic plants. The route through the garden and its greenhouses combines general botanic content, curiosities, history, the singularity of its examples, uses of the plants and their importance in our lives.
The Botanical Garden’s current location is not coincidental. Rather, it is the result of the enlightened monarch Carlos III’s wish to create a complex dedicated to the natural sciences in Madrid. That is why it is next to what is now the Prado Museum, which was built in the late 18th century to house the Museum of Natural History. Its scientific spirit is still alive, as the garden is currently managed by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain’s National Scientific Research Council), which organises all kinds of educational activities such as conferences and exhibitions.
General ticket: 3 euros.
Student with ID: 1,50 euros.
Groups larger than 10 pax: 0,75 euros.
The Garden is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Opening time: 10:00am
Closing time: Nov-Feb: 6:00pm / May-Aug 7:00pm / Mar, Oct: 7:00pm / Apr, Sep: 8:00pm
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