- One of the most extraordinary - and largest - private art collections in the world
- Part of the 'Golden Triangle of Art', along with the Prado and the Reina Sofia
- From El Greco to Rothko it's a who's who of famous artists through the ages
Make time in Madrid to see a collection of art that's stunning in its scope. And then take the time to silently thank German-Hungarian industrialist Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon, for making art collecting his hobby.
The name may be hard to pronounce, but don't let that stop you from making your way to the Thyssen. It's one of the most extraordinary - and largest - private art collections in the world.
Whereas the Prado and Reina Sofía go in depth, the Thyssen is all about breadth. Many of the big names of art are here, sometimes with just a single painting. Rather than offering insights into individual artists, the Thyssen gives you an overview of hundreds of years of achievement in art; having all those heavyweights under one roof is something you won't experience anywhere else.
The best way to see the museum is to begin on the top floor and work your way down. That way you'll be traveling forward in history, from medieval art on the second floor through Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Expressionism on the first floor, all the way to Pop Art and avant-garde on the ground floor.
A new extension (built on the site of an adjoining mansion) has a handy cafeteria and restaurant. There’s also a shop, with art books, museum guides, and postcards. In summer months the restaurant El Mirador opens on the top floor terrace.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza receives around a million visitors a year. It can get quite busy so do yourself a favor and get yourself a Tiqet - it'll save you time and hassle on the day.
- Access to the permanent collection
- Access to temporary exhibitions
How to use your tickets
Show your smartphone voucher at the desk marked as 'Acreditación Venta Online y Telefónica', located on your left-hand side as you enter the museum. You'll receive a paper ticket for the permanent collection and the first available timeslot for the temporary exhibition.
Big bags and suitcases aren't allowed in, but there are free lockers onsite.