Carmen Thyssen Museum

Museum in Málaga

Outlaws Ambushed In The Cueva Del Gato 1869
Public Domain / Manuel Barrón y Carrillo

The Museo Carmen Thyssen or Carmen Thyssen Museum is an art museum in the Spanish city Málaga. It holds the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century Andalusian painting in Spain. The permanent collection consists of 230 works that brilliantly summaries 19th-century Spanish art. Most famous Spanish painters are in this collection such as  Zurbaran, Sorolla, Zuloaga, and Romero Torres.

The collection of Carmen Thyssen Museum

These works of the Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza Collection have been on display since March 2011. The works mainly originate from the 19th and early 20th centuries and can be categorised into four themes.

Romantic Landscape and Costumbrismo

This is the first section on the ground floor and the artwork display how landscape art changed during romanticism. In these works, national and foreign authors recreate bullfighting traditions, gypsy themes, fiestas or architecture with a Moorish feel.

Maestros Antiguos or Old Masters

These are housed in the former Palace chapel, and are works of great masters of the 13th to the 17th century, such as Zurbarán or Ezquerra. The latter is the creator of an outstanding work that you can view in the museum: “Santa Marina”.

Preciosismo y Paisaje Naturalista or Précieux style and naturalist painting

There was a change in Spanish painting during the mid-19th century which fills the works with color and realism. The paintings are smaller, but have more detail, leaving aside romance to focus on reality.

Fin-de-siècle or End of Century

This section brings together major artists who were key figures in rethinking and modernising Spanish painting at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Sorolla, Casas and Iturrino share space with Zuloaga and Julio Romero de Torres, a Cordoban painter and creator of works like “Buenaventura”, which can be seen at this museum.

The building of the Carmen Thyssen Museum

The building is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century palatial building located in the heart of Málaga. oman remains were found in the subsoil during the refurbishment. In this building the pools for making Garum were discovered; Garum was product that Málaga exported to much of the Roman Empire. You will also see some Roman household rooms with figurative decorations.

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Visiting Carmen Thyssen Museum


10am-8pm Tue-Sun


€10, afternoons 2.30-4pm €6

Address: Carmen Thyssen Museum Calle Compañía, 10 29008 Málaga Spain
Telephone: +34 902 303 131
Duration: 20 minutes

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