The museum opened its doors in 1992, and in 1993 the Spanish state acquired the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection from Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. The museum also holds the collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. These two collections contain approximately one thousand works of art that range from the thirteenth to the late twentieth century, and is considered the largest private art collection in the world.


The collection, along with those from El Prado and the Reina Sofía form the world's largest group of paintings. The Thyssen Museum features pieces that complement the other two museums’ collections in terms of style and movements.

The Thyssen Museum features styles such as early Italian and Dutch, German Renaissance, seventeenth-century Dutch, Impressionism and German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction and Pop, and a sample of nineteenth-century American paintings, virtually unknown in Europe, but here occupying two rooms in the museum.

With over one thousand works on display, the collection enables visitors to contemplate the major periods and schools of painting in Western art and the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, and the art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Among its most representative masters on display are works by Rubens, Dali, Degas, Van Gogh, Chagall, Canaletto, Monet, Gauguin, Bacon, and Picasso, among others.


From Tuesday to Sunday From 10h to 19h.
December 24th and 31st open From 10h to 15h
From March 12t on, the museum opens From 11h to night
Closed on Mondays and December 25st and January 1st