Thyssen Bornemisza Museum: Themed tours

One collection, multiple ways to experience it.

Come and discover our themed tours, choose your preferred experience, download it your smartphone and customize your visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

In order to visit the Temporary Exhibitions please request an available times-slot at the Online Tickets desk.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is a must see in Madrid. It is one of the most relevant museums in the city, in the country and in the world.

Its impressive art collection mesmerizes all types of public, and that is due to its catalogue of about 1,000 works on display that range from ancient painting of the 13th century to the avant-gardes of the 20th century.

The collection includes great artists such as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Hopper or Picasso.

Besides this, the museum schedules important temporary exhibitions that play a major role within the cultural agenda of the city. It also offers many activities for all audiences, and most especially for young people: concerts, cinema, workshops and conferences, among others.

Lastly, the Museum Shop, with an independent access, is an elegant space with exclusive items inspired by some works of art, created by well-known artists and designers as well as by local artisans.

Themed audio tours

One collection, multiple ways to experience it. We offer you the possibility to enjoy art from a different perspective. Come and discover the themed tours we have, choose the contents you like the most and customize your visit to the Thyssen-Bornesmiza Museum.

Masterpieces

One of the best cultural experiences in the world, within your clients' reach. We offer them an inspirational tour through the 15 most significant masterpieces in the history of art. A unique and comprehensive way to visit the Thyssen-Bornesmiza Museum.

Available in: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. Length: approx. 30 minutes.

Jewellery

A guided tour, designed to provide a look at the permanent collection through the history of gems and jewelry. The works included in this visit span a period of over 500 years, from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. With the help of these pieces, we will learn how jewelry has served as one of the main symbols of power and wealth and how, in some cases, these decorative elements have aided women in their social conquests. We will also take a look at the evolution of design and materials, the special powers attributed to precious gems and the differences between certain cultures.

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Fashion

A thematic tour on the history of fashion and textiles as seen in its permanent collection. The artworks you will see on this tour spans a period of 600 years, starting in the final decades of the Middle Ages. Thanks to these pieces we will learn about the role fashion has played in the positions of power enjoyed by aristocracy and royalty alike, with their rich leather-edged doublets, sophisticated lacework and ostentatious borders embroidered with golden thread.

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Don Quixote through the Collection

A new take on the permanent collection from a very special point of view: that of writer Miguel de Cervantes in his illustrious novel ‘The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha’. The pieces that make up our tour are by such artists as Ghirlandaio, Macke, Klee, Dalí and others. They have been chosen for their thematic relationship to some of the most significant and well-known episodes from the world’s first great literary masterpiece

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Inclusive Love

Inclusive Love is a different look at the permanent collection, in which we talk about gender, identity and sexual orientation. It is a new contemporary reading of concepts that have been ignored for centuries, even though they have attracted the interest of a multitude of artists over the ages. The visit moves from the Renaissance up to current day, covering a period that spans nearly 500 years: from Bronzino to Hockney, by way of Singer Sargent and Manet.

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Sustainability

A new tour designed to encourage a mindset with greater awareness of sustainability using a variety of works owned by our museum. The works on view have been selected using aesthetic experience criteria which link art and sustainable development in terms of ecology, economy and society. To this end, a selection of paintings has been brought together which can be reinterpreted within a framework that generates a feeling of empathy when it comes to the environment and the issue of sustainability.

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Food

On this tour we will witness the many appearances made by gastronomy in a selection of works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza permanent collection. Here, we’ll see how painting and culinary culture cross paths at many points in the history of art, taking a look not only at the more profound aspects of their relationship like the symbolism of food, but also more prosaic and immediate components. These include the physical pleasure that comes from the tastes and smells associated with food, which are often defined as sensual

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

Wine culture

Trough a selection of pieces from the Permanent Collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, covering a period that ranges from the Renaissance to the 20th century, we invite you to reflect on the important role played by wine in the development of humanity from a religious, cultural, social and economic point of view.

Languages: Spanish and English. Length: approx. 45 minutes.

How it works

The ticket grants access to the Permanent Collection and Temporary Exhibitions.

You'll receive a ticket by email with your purchase. On the day of your visit, proceed directly to the Audio Guides Desk, show your ticket and choose the themed tour. You can access to the content from your own smartphone or through the device available in the museum. You can bring your own headphones or we will provide you with a single-use ones. The devices offered by the museum are disinfected after each use.

Should you like to visit the Temporary exhibitions please request a time slot at the Online Tickets Desk.

Tickets are non refundable

Location

Paseo del Prado, 8 Madrid

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a 19:00 permanent exhibit
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a 21:00 temporary exhibit.
    • Last access with ticket: 1 hour before the museum closes.
    • 24 and 31 December: 10:00 a 15:00
    • 1 January, 1 may and 25 December: closed.

Reduced and free entry to the museum

Concessions apply to the following

  • Students regardless of age and nationality, with valid student card and in force (university, college, graduate, doctorate ...).
  • Visitors over 65 with ID card or passport, valid and in force.
  • Members duly accredited as large family with large family card,valid and in force.

Free entry applies to the following

  • Children and young people under the age of 18. (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Citizens with disability above 33% with disability card, valid and in force. a person accompanying the disabled person will be entitled to a free ticket when their assistance is required to facilitate the visit (this condition should be stated on the disability card and/or official document expended by the relevant public authority).
  • Families comprised of one or more adults and three children (or two, if one of them is disabled), on the same official large family card.

Visitors who do not properly prove their status of reduction or gratuity must pay the balance of the ticket at the Museum ́s box office in order to visit.

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