October 10, 2007

Following a US$208.8 million renovation, Madrid's Prado Museum will reopen Oct. 31 with an exhibit titled "A Collection Rediscovered: The 19th Century in the Prado." The show, consisting of more than 100 paintings and sculptures, will run through April 24 in the museum's new galleries that house rotating exhibits. The Prado's restoration has doubled the museum's space, connecting a new building to the restored 1785 structure, originally the cloister of the Monastery of San Jeronimo Real. The new 167,023-foot facility includes a large reception and visitor area, as well as a lecture hall with seating for 438.