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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 9,500+ reviews on the web
Explore centuries of fine art at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which boasts masterpieces by Monet, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh, to mention just a few notables. Today, the vast collection of over 1,600 paintings is spread over three floors, with a compact layout that makes this museum one of the most navigable sites in the city. The collection is organized chronologically, with the oldest works displayed on the top floor. You can arrange to join a thematic guided tour during or after business hours, or simply start on the top floor and work your way down at your own pace. Check online for ticket options and upcoming special events. Before you head to Madrid, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Madrid vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Madrid has to offer, including Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
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  • I highly recommend doing this awesome museum before doing the huge and ultimate classical paintings museum that is the Prado. It has a little bit of everything and can be done in 5 or 6 hours. Then yo...  read more »
  • A good combination of various artists and different centuries. Everything from early Dutch to modernistic paintings. Across the street from the Prado Museum 
  • We had high expectations for museums in Madrid after seeing the Prado. The quality in the Tyssen was mixed - the medieval and older art is covered extensively in that Prado so it felt skip able at the...  read more »
  • Fantastic art gallery. The permanent exhibition is a tour of art throughout history from Bosch to Dali with everything in between. Keep an eye out for the temporary collections, they are always interesting and well curated. The shop is also a delight. Be aware this is a popular place and as such they has a time-slot entry system which is best booked before by Internet or phone.
  • Diversified collection with free visiting hours every Monday 12:00-16:00. The audio guide was certainly helpful, there was an explanation for every section and almost every piece. It even included period/section related musics. The explanations can be considered long as well as detailed. Recommended if you're not planning on rushing through it. Almost every piece has a extremely detailed explanation in the free app of the museum. Not practical during the visit since they're really long. All pieces also have English descriptions next to them but these don't help you understand the importance or the meaning of the piece. The audio guide helps you with that.
  • Regardless of what type of art enthusiast you are, chances are you will come away from this well-curated museum happy to note some new favourite pieces. This museum houses a vast collection of art from classic to modern artists, and arranged in a way that allows you to easily progress through the levels of the museum and not feel like you might have missed anything special (lots of room between paintings and for walking about). A brief but genuine appreciation of all the works in this museum will probably have you walking for about 2 hours. There is a coat and bag counter where all things must be placed, for no cost. Photography is allowed, but without flash.
  • Short review: Great selection of artwork: Some really good artwork from big names Simple and logical layout, really easy to follow and go to different rooms. The layout followed a chronological order with perpetuated the amazing experience from 17th century works to modern abstract pieces. Audio guides was helpful with extensive explanations of symbolism and style
  • Great contemporary collection downstairs, on the 1st impressionist and romantics, to the 2nd floor housing the more mundane religious portraits. Nice building. Experience is slightly spoilt by the ticketing system. Once you have visited the ground floor you come back to the lobby where you have to queue again. A number of people were showing there stamped tickets to move to the elevator, but an extremely rude lady will ensure no one gets through. The actual ticket lady seems nice and then simply waves you through! Also be warned, the complete 'full' admission ticket is not 'full'! To see the current exhibitions you will pay the same price again. Not well advertised at all. What is a fantastic museum with some beautiful pieces and collections is let down by the most inane aspects of running a museum.
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