Madrid – Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

I had a lot planned for today, which included walking around Madrid to understand the layout a little more, then an art gallery and then some churches and restaurants. Unfortunately, I got a little hot walking about so didn’t manage more than about a mile and then I visited Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

The Thyssen, as it is known to friends (their friends, not mine), is an art gallery which I read had a manageable number of artworks, as opposed to the nearby Prado. I visited today as it was free entrance, which was sponsored by Mastercard. There was a long queue to get in, but it moved quickly and so it took under ten minutes for me to get in, which was very reasonable.

I thought that two hours would be enough time for me to look around and I was aware that on Mondays the gallery opened from 12:00 until 16:00. So, I start my walking around the gallery at 12:10, and before I know it, it’s 15:45 and they’re starting to clear everyone out.

The free entrance policy is a really good one, but it did inevitably make the galleries rather busy. But it wasn’t excessively crowded, and I do always fear for those galleries with nearly no-one in them, as they lack atmosphere. I also liked that they let visitors take photos, as that seemed to increase the level of engagement.

Frankly, I thought that the gallery was impeccable in its presentation, design and flow. What I really liked is that their web-site has extensive details on just about every artwork in the gallery. So, a visitor can read in depth about any painting they like, as well as read more about the artist. I can’t begin to understand how long that took them to create, but it added substantially to my visit.

Given that I haven’t managed to do much else today, I will write about some of the artworks that interested me, split over the three floors (floor 0, floor 1, floor 2 ) that there were located in the gallery. I’ll add links to those when they’re written, but I’d certainly recommend a visit here, even at the full admission price.