Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Collections at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Museum showcases art from the 13th century to the 20th century.  Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo and Romanticism are all available to view.  You will find the pieces mesmerizing and some of them are so deeply moving you wonder what the artist was thinking and feeling at the time of producing the painting.  Also you will find the 19th century American painting on display.

The most interesting of all and for which the Museum would not be a Museum is the magnificent collection of Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947) and Baron Hans Heinrich-Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2002).  These two people are obviously initially responsible for the Museum and this magnificent collection of Spanish art.

The History of the Museum

In 1992 the museum opened and on Ist June 1993 the Spanish State purchased the Thysson-Bornemisza collection.  In 1996 the collection was shown in Madrid for the first time.  Subsequently, the stunning collection has been shown in numerous countries throughout the world.

Baroness Carmen Cervera, the philanthropist made the collection accessible to the public, by receiving a loan agreement in 1999, from Museo Thyssen, in return for loaning 665 Spanish and International pieces of art, for a period of 11 years.  Since 2004 the new Museum has housed these International and Spanish collections.

Directions to the Museum

From the underground Line 2 Bance De Espana Station will take you to the museum.  If you are nearer to the RENFE train then exit at Atocha or Recoletos Stations, you will have less than a 10 minute walk to the Museum from either of these stations.  There are numerous buses to the museum the 1, 2, 5, 9, 10 and 15 go to this location, however please note that this list is not exhaustive, you can catch plenty of other buses too.  If you are travelling by car there is public parking at Plaza de las Cortes

Further details on travel around Madrid are available from the local Tourist Information Office, at Punto de Información Turística de la Plaza de Cibeles (Madrid VCB).  This office is open until 2030 hours. 

Purchasing your Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Tickets

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum tickets can be purchased on line for €12.00 for a full adult priced ticket.  Special rates are €8.00 for Pensioner’s, Students, Youth Card Holders, Disabled and Faculty of Fine Art Teachers.

The price of the ticket gives you access to the Permanent Collection and also temporary exhibitions.  You can enter the exhibitions any time during opening hours however, if you wish to see the Madrid Realists Exhibition, you do have to book your time slot in advance, to be able to see this Exhibition.  You can do this at the time of booking your ticket.

Museum Opening Hours and Facilities

The Opening Hours of the Museum are primarily 1000-1900 Tuesday to Sunday inclusive.  On a Monday afternoon the Museum is open from 1200 to 1630 hours.  On a Saturday you can gain entrance to the Museum up to 2100 in the evening.  Please note that this does exclude the Permanent Collection and The Secret Sits (Wyeth Wonderland).

There are a great deal of facilities at the Museum: Free WIFI, cloakroom, café, restaurant, a shop that opens from 1000-1900 Tuesday to Sunday and 1200 to 1630 on a Monday afternoon.  You don’t have to purchase a Museum ticket to enter the shop.  Audio guides are also available in Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.  For €7.00 you can use the guides in the Permanent Collection Exhibitions too.  This Museum is a must when you are in Madrid, the collection is fascinating, and the food in the restaurant and café is superb.

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