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Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is one of the world’s most extraordinary private collections of art. Second only to the royal family’s collection in England. 

It is the private collection of Baron Heinrich Thyssen Bornemisza, taken forward by his son Hans and daughter-in-law Carmen.

Thyssen Museum’s collection of over 1500 art pieces consists of old masters, painters of the early 1900s, and recent artists. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Thyssen Museum.

What to Expect at Thyssen Museum

The exquisite world of Madrid’s Thyssen Museum

The Thyssen Museum sits proudly in the Golden Triangle of Art, Madrid’s cultural center, and is easily accessible with tours in English for a thorough understanding.

Marvel at an unparalleled collection spanning seven centuries, from Renaissance masterpieces to cutting-edge contemporary works.

Immerse myself in the evolution of artistic styles, witnessing the transitions from medieval icons to vibrant Impressionist canvases.

Admire iconic pieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Degas, each canvas echoing tales of bygone eras.

With convenient access and informative guided tours, your visit becomes a seamless blend of cultural indulgence and historical discovery.

Thyssen Museum Tours Ticket Prices
Tickets for Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza: Women Masters + Permanent Collection €13
Tickets for Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza: Skip The Line + Lunch Menu €34

Where to book tickets

Tickets for Thyssen Museum Madrid are available online and at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

Because Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum sells a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days.

Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Thyssen Museum booking page, select the date, your preferred timeslot, and the number of tickets, and buy the tickets.

Once you purchase tickets, they get delivered to your email address.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and walk in.

Please carry a valid ID.

Thyssen Museum ticket prices

Tickets for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum cost €13 for visitors between 18 and 64 years.

Students with valid IDs and seniors above 65 get a discount of €4 and pay only €9 to enter the museum.

Everyone up to 17 years and disabled visitors can get in for free.

Tickets for Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum with lunch included cost €34 for visitors between 18 and 64 years.

Students with valid IDs and seniors above 65 get a discount of €4 and pay only €30 to enter the museum.

Jobseekers (with valid documents), teachers (with ID), and disabled visitors pay a discounted price of €21 for their entry.

Children up to 17 years old get a discount of €22 and pay only €12 for their entry.

Thyssen Museum tickets

More than a million people visit the Thyssen Museum annually, translating to about three thousand visitors daily. 

This is why booking your tickets online, much in advance, is a better idea. 

There are different kinds of Thyssen Museum experiences you can book, and we list them below: 

Skip the Line Thyssen Museum tickets

These are the cheapest and most popular tickets to enter Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

This ticket allows you to access both the permanent and ongoing temporary collections. 

The tour includes an audio guide you can listen to in 10 languages. 

Ticket price (without audio guide)

Adult ticket (18 to 64 years): €13
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €9
Student ticket (valid student ID): €9
Child ticket (up to 17 years): Free entry

Thyssen Museum entry + lunch

Besides access to permanent and ongoing temporary collections, this ticket also gets you a sumptuous three-course meal at Thyssen Cafeteria.

A table gets booked under your name, and you can enjoy your lunch of starters, main course, and desserts between 12 and 1:45 pm.

You can have your lunch first and then explore the Museum or vice versa. 

Ticket price

Adult ticket (18 to 64 years): €35
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €30
Student ticket (valid student ID): €30
Jobseeker ticket (valid documentation): €21
Teacher ticket (valid documentation): €21
Disabled ticket: €21
Child ticket (up to 18 years): €12


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Paseo del Arte ticket

Madrid has three of the most beautiful art Museums – Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Prado Museum, and the Reina Sofía Museum making the city an art lover’s paradise. 

All three Museums are next to each other, forming what is known as the ‘Golden Triangle of Art.’

Map of 'Golden Triangle of Art' in Madrid

The Paseo del Arte pass is one ticket for entry into all three Museums, and it is valid for one year from the date selected during your purchase.

With this pass, you save 20% on entrance tickets and skip the lines too!

Each museum is unique, and visitors who have used this pass have left positive reviews. 

Ticket Price: €35


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How to reach Thyssen Museum

Address: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid. Get Directions.

It is best to use public transport to get to Thyssen Bornemisza Museum.

By Metro

The Subway station Banco de Espana station (Subway services: Red Line (2)) is only a 2-minute walk from the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum.

Banco de Espana station to Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

For Metro tickets, check out Madrid Metro’s website.

By Train

If you are getting to the Museum from outside Madrid city, you can take a train to either Atocha Station (also known as Estación de Madrid Atocha) or the Recoletos Station (Trains: C1, C2, C7, C10, REGIONAL).

Atocha Station is 1.4 km (almost a mile) from the Museum, and you can walk the distance in about 20 minutes. Recoletos Station is a brisk 10-minute walk away.

For timings and tickets, check out Renfe, the company that manages trains in Spain. 

By Bus

The Las Cortes bus stop (Buses: 53) is a 5-minute walk from the attraction.

The Sol – Sevilla bus stop (Buses: 15, 20) is only 6 minutes walk from the attraction.

The Canalejas bus stop (Buses: 002, M1, M3) is within 10 minutes distance from the attraction.

On weekdays, buses in Madrid run from 6 am to 11.30 pm with a frequency of 4 to 15 minutes.

Madrid buses start at 7 am and stop at 11 pm on weekends and public holidays.

By Car

Rental Cars and Taxis are easily available in Madrid.

Put on Google Maps and navigate to the Thyssen Museum.

Thyssen Museum doesn’t have parking of its own. 

However, you can park at Las Cortes parking, a 2-minute walk from the Museum.

Thyssen Museum timings

On Monday, the permanent collection section is open to the public from 12 pm to 4 pm.

From Tuesday to Sunday, the Thyssen Museum in Madrid opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm. 

The last entry is half an hour before closing. 

On 24 and 31 December, the Museum closes early at 3 pm. 

The art museum in Madrid is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

Thyssen Museum free hours

Art lovers can enter the Thyssen Madrid Museum for free every Monday. Timings are from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Mastercard sponsors the free entry on Monday, during which the public can access the permanent collection without tickets.

Best time to visit Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

The best time to visit Thyssen Museum is when they open at 10 am, on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 

Since Mondays are free entry days, they get crowded. 

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays get the weekend crowd. 

On bad weather days, Thyssen Museo gets double the number of visitors because it is an indoor attraction.


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How long does the Thyssen Museum tour take

According to the Thyssen Museum officials, exploring their Permanent Collection takes two and a half hours.

The Museum’s audio guide also lasts two and a half hours.

Tourists focusing only on the masterpieces on display are known to finish their tour in an hour. 

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum map

The Thyssen Museum may not be as massive as the Louvre Museum, but it offers visitors a lot over a large area.

It is important not to get lost and not miss out on the masterpieces.

If you have booked a guided tour of the Thyssen Museum, you don’t need its map.

But if you haven’t, it is better to get familiar with the floor plan of the Thyssen Museum.

Ground floor’s layout

Thyssen Museum Ground Floor Plan

First floor’s layout

Thyssen Museum First Floor map

Second floor’s layout

Thyssen Museum Second Floor layout

On the day of your visit, you can also pick up the free map and layout plan at the Museum’s entrance.

Besides the layout, you also get a handy guide to the masterpieces inside and where to find them. 


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Thyssen Bornemisza Museum artworks

While the Prado Museum and Reina Sofía Museum focus on depth – they have many paintings of the same artists, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum offers an incredible breadth of artistic styles. 

At this Museum, you would find the whos who of the art world, sometimes with only a single painting. But that’s the allure of Thyssen Madrid. 

It represents various art movements, not to mention the personal taste of the original collectors – Baron Heinrich Thyssen Bornemisza and his family.


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What to see in the Thyssen Museum

The Museum recommends visitors start with the 13th-century art on the 2nd floor and work their way down to the ground floor where 20th-century artworks are on display. 

Second floor

The Museum’s second-floor houses mostly 13th and 14th-century medieval art from predominantly Italian, Flemish, and German religious painters.

If you skipped the video, continue reading below to get a summary of what to expect on the topmost floor of Thyssen.

Room 5: Portrait of a Boy by Piero Della Francesca and Portrait of King Henry VIII by Holbein the Younger

Room 10: Massacre of the Innocents by Lucas Van Valckenborch

Room 11: Three masterpieces by El Greco and one each by Tintoretto and Titian

Room 12: Paintings by Caravaggio and Spaniard José de Ribera

Room 14: Two paintings by Zurbarán

Room 15: A painting by Murillo

Rooms A to H: These extension rooms house Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collections. Canaletto and Van Gogh’s paintings are in Room C, while Room H displays Monet, Sisley, Renoir, and Pissarro artwork.

Hint: Some visitors miss rooms 19 to 21 because exploring them requires walking back. 

Room 19, 20, 21: Paintings by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters such as Anton van Dyck, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, and Rembrandt

First floor

Thyssen Madrid’s first floor is equally impressive, with paintings from across the spectrum. 

The video below helps you understand what to expect while exploring the first floor.

Don’t have time for the video? No problem. Here is a quick summary of the best painters to expect on the first floor of Thyssen. 

Room 28: Gainsborough’s painting

Room 31: Three Paintings by Goya

Room 32: Van Gogh’s Les Vessenots and paintings by Gauguin and Cézanne

Room 33: Paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas

Rooms I to P: Room K has art by Pissarro and Sisley on display, and Room L has Gauguin’s Mata Mua and other paintings. In the other extension rooms, you will find Kandinsky, Munch, Matisse, Edward Hopper, and Juan Gris.

Ground floor

The Ground floor of Thyssen Museo is dedicated to the 20th-century, and artwork ranges from Cubism to Pop Art.

Here is a quick rundown on what to expect on the last floor before you exit the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. 

Room 41: The big three of cubism – Picasso, Georges Braque, and Madrid’s local boy Juan Gris

Room 43: Kandinsky is the main attraction

Room 44: Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and Paul Klee dominate this room

Room 45: Dalí’s Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate dominates the room, followed by masterpieces by Marc Chagall

Room 46: Joan Miró’s Catalan Peasant with a Guitar, Jackson Pollock’s Brown and Silver I, and Mark Rothko’s Green on Maroon

Rooms 47: This room is dedicated to Neo-Dada and Pop Art

Room 48: The last room contains European post-war abstract and figurative art


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Audio guides at Thyssen Museum

You can book your Thyssen Museum ticket with the audio guide, or without it. 

When you book it with your online tickets, an audio guide costs 5 Euros per person. At the venue, it costs 6 Euros per person. 

You can use the audio guide on your smartphone or the device offered by the museum. 

Tourists use audio guide at Thyssen Museum
Tourists who prefer to know more about the exhibits use the Thyssen Museum audio guides extensively. Image: Mike Steele

If you plan to use your smartphone, you can bring in your headphones or use the single-use headphones the museum gives free. 

At the museum’s Audioguides Center, you must scan the QR code and download the audio guide to your mobile. 

The Thyssen Museum audio guide explains 50 works of art and is 2.5 hours long. A shortened 30-minute version is also available, which only covers the masterpieces. 

It is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

Thematic tours, which focus on specific topics, are also available. 

These tours are 45 minutes long and focus on Jewellery, Fashion, The museum as a mirror of Don Quixote, Inclusive Love, Sustainability, Food, and Wine Culture.

Children’s audio guide

The Thyssen Museum also offers a kid’s version of the audio guide, best suited for children between 6 and 12 years old. 

It chronicles 14 works of art and is 40 minutes long.


It is better to reserve your slot at Las Cortes parking.

Sources

# Museothyssen.org
# Wikipedia.org
# Tripadvisor.com
# Lonelyplanet.com

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