The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum

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The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum is one of the 3 iconic museums, forming the triangle of golden art in Madrid. The extensive collection is home to some of the world’s great masterpieces from international artists. Titian, Rembrandt, Hopper, Rothko… These are a few artists that you will find in the Thyssen museum. All the artistic movements of Western art from the 13thto 20thcenturies are included in the collection.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection is one of the most important private collections of painting of the 20thcentury. August Thyssen (1842-1926) is the first of the family to start collecting art. His legacy carried on after his death with his son taking over the art collection. His son, Heinrich, became the first Baron Thyssen-Bernemisza after marrying the daughter of a Hungarian nobleman in 1905. In spite of the difficulties of the post war era, he managed to collect an impressive 525 works by his death in 1947.

The collection was moved to Madrid in 1988 to the Villahermosa Palace, making it the largest move of art works in the history of the 20thcentury . Everything was transferred from Lugano (Switzerland) to Madrid. The foundation made such good progress that in the summer of 1993, less than a year after the museum opened to the public, an agreement was reached whereby the state acquired the 775 works of art for 400 million euros. Continuing in the family tradition, Carmen Thyssen also began to create her own collection with the Baron. However, Carmen Thyssen decided to loan her works to the museum, with a yearlong contract that is renewed regularly.


Organised tours

The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum

EDUCATHYSSEN offers a wide variety of activities for students of all ages, to encourage visits and a good learning experience. Educational resources are also provided, such as relevant publications, audio guides, digital apps and sign language guides for the museum, the collection and for art in general. EducaThyssen is an on-going project that puts the public at it centre.

A multidisciplinary team designs, organises and develops all of the activities, programmes and lab sessions available in the museum. These are created for both formal educational purposes (pupils and teachers) and informal education purposes (children, youths, adults in general).

Programmes for more specific groups, such as university students, researchers and museum professionals are also available. There are 12 different tours available in English, targeted for Families, pre-school, primary and secondary school students.

Family tours

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Family Thyssen. The city for travelling families – his tour for families with kids aged between 7 and 12 invites participants to travel through the museum’s paintings. From Madrid to Malaga, Paris to Venice, Bogota to New Delhi, the objective is to discover the diversity of the cities represented in the paintings throughout the years. You will focus on different cultures, history and people


Primary school tours 

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes –This tour is made for primary school students, you will discover the representation of the human body in art. Easy as a pie is for primary kids as well, and here you will focus on the gastronomy and daily habits based on picturesque representations.


Secondary school tours

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To be or not to be is for secondary school students. It combines art and literature though several paintings. With the Spotlights of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, you will travel through 7 centuries of paintings thanks to the painting of the collection. Cubism, Surrealism and Pop art are some of the themes you will study.

These a just a few of the proposed tours, head to the website for more options!


Plan your visit

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The permanent collection is open from 10am to 7pm and the temporary one closes later at 10pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

General entry is 12 euros, reduced is 8 euros and groups of 7 people or more is 10 euros per person.

The Paseo del Arte card grants you access to the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen Bornemisza museum. It is valid for one year from the date of emission at the ticket office. The ticket price is of 29.60 euros, which means you get a 20% discount of the prices for the three museums featured!

You can buy your tickets in advance by ringing +34 917 911 370 or on the website

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