- 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
- No matter your taste, the Thyssen will have art for you
- Once the second largest private collection in the world, after the British Royal Collection
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 travelling 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.
There's more than 1,600 works in the collection, many by artistic luminaries. From top-to-bottom, some of the well-known names include
Second floor: Holbein the Younger, El Greco, Tintoretto and Titian, Caravaggio, and José de Ribera
First floor: Gainsborough, Goya, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Edvard Munch, and Matisse
Ground floor: Picasso, Kandinsky, Dalí, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, and Henry Moore
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.
NOTE: If you'd like to see the temporary exhibition, make sure to reserve a timeslot at the box office beforehand.
P. del Prado, 8
- Access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibition
- Metro: Line 2, stop Banco de España Station
- Busses: Line 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 41, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146 and 150
- Train: Atocha Station and Recoletos Station
- The museum is free admission on Monday from 12:00 - 16:00!
- Youth & children must show valid ID to enter the museum
- For security reasons, there's no rucksacks, travel bags, suitcases, umbrellas, food and drinks allowed into the museum
The Renoir exhibition was excellent. The paintings were set out very clearly in each room and there was a lot of interesting information. We particularly liked the other impressionist paintings. We also enjoyed a very nice meal in the museum restaurant.
great gallery and art
Convenient and skip the line is worth the extra cost. Assisted tour was very informative.
Just great- fast access to both exhibitions, quality collection, possibility to leave suitcases at the cloakroom, which is quite convenient for travel.
What a super easy and convenient way to get into this wonderful museum. Bought a ticket via my hotel's Wifi network in the morning. Then just showed my phone at the ticket booth and I could walk right in. Look forward to using your service again Tiqets!
Very nice as queue avoidance. Definitely recommend specially with kids. they can't stank 1h+ waiting queues
Deberían poner entradas sacadas no hay que hacer cola
Il manque des places assises dans les salles
Fue una visita muy interesante que cumplio con mis expectativas
Entrée sans attente. Pas queue au guichet.