Carmen Thyssen Museum

The Carmen Thyssen Museum © Michelle Chaplow
The Carmen Thyssen Museum

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the world's foremost art collectors, now has her own eponymous museum in Malaga, which opened in March 2011. The paintings are from her personal collection, amassed over the past 30 years.

The permanent collection consists of 230 works, mainly by 19th-century Spanish artists, with most of the subject matter being, unsurprisingly, Andalucia: Cordoba, Malaga, Sevilla. The most famous painters whose works feature in this collection are Zurbaran, Sorolla, Zuloaga, and Romero Torres.

The permanent collection is divided into four sections:

  • Paisaje Romantico y Costumbrismo (Romantic Landscape and Costumbrism)
  • Preciosismo y Paisaje Naturalista (Preciocism and Naturalistic Landscape)
  • Fin de Siglio (End of Century).
  • Maestros Antiguos (Old Masters)

The first section on the ground floor is of particular interest to readers. You can see many landmarks and scenes (patios, bullrings, processions) which have changed very little in Andalucia.

The Baroness herself described the collection, at the museum's inauguration, as "the most essential part of Spanish history. You'll feel what is Andalucia."

However, not all of the art is Andalucian, or even Spanish. It become progressively less so in the second and third sections. In the Old Masters one of the most important pieces is a simple 13th-century Italian statue of Christ which is displayed to spectacular effect on a bare white wall. This minimalistic style is striking in that it concentrates your attention on the work, rather than being distracted by elaborate carved or gilted wood, as in most churches; Christ appears exquisitely small and vulnerable.

There are also short themed mini-exhibitions with complementary movie screenings and live performances, such as flamenco. Other activities include summer programmes for children, family days, and events related to major local festivals such as Semana Santa and the Malaga Feria.

An audio guide is available for a small additional cost. 

The home of the museum, the Palacio de Villalon is a beautiful 16th-century palace with a traditional colonnaded patio, whose refurbishment cost 20 million euros.

There were 158.500 visitors to the Museum in 2016 of which 50.000 were from abroad.

Museo Carmen Thyssen de Malaga Entrance Ticket

Museo Carmen Thyssen de Malaga Entrance Ticket
Museo Carmen Thyssen de Malaga Entrance Ticket

The stunning Carmen Thyssen Museum of Malaga is situated in a prime central location.The majority of the pieces in this museum are 19th-century Spanish painting, predominantly Andalusian. The impressive collection once belonged to Carmen Cervera, third wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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© Michelle Chaplow La Buenaventura - Julio Romero de Torres
La Buenaventura - Julio Romero de Torres

Opening Hours

Tues - Sun: 10.00 - 20.00 hrs
Mon: closed (except holidays)


Main museum (inc temporary exhibitions): 10 euro (over 12 years old)
Reduced fee for pensioners, unemployed, students aged under 26. Málaga provinceresidents: 6€.
Free for under 18s, (under 13s must be accompanied), unemployed, Malaga Uni students, Fine art or History of Art students : Free
Sunday from 16.00hrs: Free (bear in mind, long queues in peak seasons)


Calle Compañia 10, 29008 Malaga.
Tel 902 303 131

© Michelle Chaplow The Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum


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