With one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in Madrid, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza) is a veritable paradise for art lovers. The collection contains more than 1,000 works of mostly Western art and is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” along with the Prado Museum and the Museo Reina Sofia.
Wandering the galleries of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum—with its vast and varied collection—is like taking a tour through art history. Some city tours include museum admission, and art lovers can learn more on a guided visit, which usually comes with skip-the-line access. Those who want to see Madrid’s best works of art in limited time can tour the entire Golden Triangle with a guide to focus on the highlights at each museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a must-see for art lovers.
- Book your tickets ahead of time to skip the line and have more time to enjoy the collection.
- Buy a single admission ticket to the museum, or save on a combo ticket that includes the Prado and Reina Sofia museums as well.
- The museum collection and facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to the museum is to take the Madrid Metro to Banco de España station (Line 2). Several public buses stop in the area as well.
When to Get There
The permanent collection is open daily year-round. Monday the museum is open only in the afternoon, and admission is free. Hours are extended during the busier summer months. The best time to visit the museum is first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon on a weekday.
Highlights of the Collection
The collection features so many celebrated names that you won’t have to walk far to come across a masterpiece. Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Picasso, O’Keefe, and Kandinsky are just a few of the artists featured. Among the highlights are the Portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein and Woman with a Parasol in a Garden by Renoir.