Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado,

8. 28014
Phone: (+34) 91 369 01 51
Fax: (+34) 91 420 27 80
Website: http://www.museothyssen.o

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Duccio, Van Eyck, Carpaccio, Lucas Cranach, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rubens, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kirchner, Mondrian, Klee, Hopper, Rauschenberg ... These are just some of the great masters of art history whose works are on display at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The museum currently houses two collections from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collector-lineage: the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, acquired by the Spanish government from Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza in 1993 and on permanent display since the museum opened in 1992; and the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, owned by the baron’s widow and held in deposit by the museum since 2004. These two collections comprise almost one thousand works of art, most of them paintings, with which the museum offers a stroll down the history of European painting, from its beginning in the 13th century to the close of the 20th century.

Standing almost opposite the Prado Museum and very near the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum, this new museum, which architect Rafael Moneo was commissioned to design, was the missing cornerstone that finally sealed the triangle of art. With the presence of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the most important private collection in the world before it was acquired by the Spanish state in June 1993 for 350 million dollars, few cities can match Madrid’s appeal for art lovers.

One of the key characteristics of the Thyssen-Bonemisza Museum is that it complements the Prado’s collection of old paintings and the modern art housed at the Reina SofĂ­a Museum, featuring movements and styles such as the Italian and Dutch primitives, German Renaissance art, ... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The museum contains close to 1000 paintings, including 220 works of art from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection that were added in 2004, taking you on a journey through the history of European painting from the thirteenth century right up to the late twentieth century. The paintings are displayed chronologically and by style, allowing visitors to follow the most important artistic movements of western painting, from Italian Primitive paintings to the late Surrealist period and the development of Pop art in the 1960s, together with the endurance of the figurative tradition in modern art.

The Museum’s collection acts as a counterpart to the other two museums that form the triangle known as the Paseo de Arte or Art Walk: it complements the collections of ancient artwork contained in the Prado Museum and twentieth century artwork housed in the Reina Sofía Museum, with additional movements and styles not included in these two museums, thus providing a more complete picture: Primitive Italian and Dutch painters, the German Renaissance, seventeenth century Dutch art, Impressionism, German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction and Pop Art. It also has an outstanding collection of nineteenth century American art, which is practically unknown in Europe, to which the Museum dedicates four of its exhibition rooms.


One of the main activities of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is the organisation of exhibitions with the aim of making it a lively, changing institution and of fulfilling its purpose of promoting knowledge of the History of Art.

The conventional or temporary exhibitions aim to introduce the public to new styles, artistic periods and painters. The context exhibitions seek to provide an in-depth investigation of a work in the permanent Collection and relate it to other works of art.

For information about current and upcoming exhibitions please see,

For previous exhibitions please visit,

Exhibitions (10)

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Tickets for the Museum: Tickets can be bought from the Museum ticket office, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
* Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
General 6.00 €
Reduced 4.00 €

* Temporary Exhibition
General 5.00 €
Reduced 3.50 €

* Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Temporary Exhibition
General 9.00 €
Reduced 5.00 €

* Contexts of the Permanent Collection
Free Entry
Senior Citizens (over 65) and Students with ID.
Under 12s accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the ticket office.

Online ticket sales: You can also buy tickets for the museum in advance over the Internet. Tickets can be purchased from the following agents:
El Corte Inglés
Mosaico DifusiĂłn (Recommended for international visitors)

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7pm. Closed Mondays. The ticket office closes at 6:30pm. The Museum is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25. The Museum will be open from 10am to 3pm on December 24 and 31.

Getting there

For information on transport links to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemiza please see,

Museum internal and external photos (7)

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News and events

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Group visits may be made from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. Advance reservations required through the Information phone number (+34) 913 690 151.
The maximum number of people per group is 25 for the Permanent Collection and 20 for the Temporary Exhibition. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum Ticket Office (


Friends of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Being a Friend of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza entitles you to a whole range of benefits: you can feel proud of the fact that you are helping to preserve an exceptional collection of artwork, you will become a privileged spokesperson for the Museum’s activity and you will be part of a group of people and institutions that are especially interested in the world of culture.
As a Friend of the Museum, you will be periodically informed of our activities and will be able to take part in these activities, qualifying for exclusive discounts, advantages and even tax breaks. Choose the category that best suits your interests and treat the Museum as you would your own home. Your generosity guarantees the future vitality of the Institution.