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Prior to the official opening on 30th October 2007 the new Prado extension will open at weekends until 1 July.

Rafael Moneo’s project, which has increased the size of the Museum by more than 50%, can be seen free of charge every Saturday and Sunday from 28 April to 1 July, as well as on 30 April and 2 and 15 May.

This initiative has been organised by the Museum with the sponsorship of the two companies that carried out the construction work: Dragados and Constructora San José. The aim of these Open Days is to show the public the architecture of the new rooms before they go into use.

In addition, and with the aim of involving the visiting public - the intended user and beneficiary of this historic architectural project - visitors to the new spaces will be able to see a special installation of images by the German photographer Thomas Struth, displayed in the new temporary exhibition galleries. Struth’s photographs comprise his last series in which he focused on the relationship between the public and works of art. The images were taken in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, and the Museo del Prado itself. The photographs taken in the Museo del Prado reflect visitors’ experiences in front of Las Meninas and other works by Velázquez.

The Open Doors days will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm, from 28 April to 1 July, and also on 2 and 15 May (local holidays in the region of Madrid) and on 30 April in order to offer residents of this area the chance to visit over a holiday period. The route is organised as follows: Sala de las Musas, vestibule, auditorium, temporary exhibition rooms, cloister, Cristina Iglesias’s entrance doors, exterior of the Jerónimos building and the parterre. Free entry via the “Puerta de los Jerónimos

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