If you find yourself wandering through the streets of Malaga’s old town wondering what else is there to see, here is a little tip for culture vultures: Museo Carmen Thyssen.
I will happily admit that I’ve been living next to Malaga for 4 years before I actually went in to see it, but you can’t blame me! There are so many stunning places to discover so leaving a museum like this for a rainy day felt like a good idea.
I will answer the important question right away: is it worth visiting the Museum of Carmen Thyssen?
I personally think yes, it is!
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I actually liked it more than the Picasso Museum in Malaga. It feels much bigger and there is so much more to see, and most importantly, an art virgin like me can understand it much easier.
In this short blog post I am sharing a few photos from my visit, and a bit of a background about the museum, you can make an informed decision whether you would like to visit or not.
What is Museo Carmen Thyssen
The museum is located in the beautifully restored 16th-century Palacio de Villalón, blending typical Andalusian architecture with modern museum facilities, in the heart of Malaga old town.
What makes the Carmen Thyssen Museum stand out is its collection of art, donated by the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. The collection focuses on 19th and early 20th-century Spanish paintings depicting everyday life, beautiful landscapes, and customs of Spain, with a special emphasis on Andalusian themes.
Among the canvases, you’ll find works by masters of Spanish art such as Sorolla, Zuloaga, and Romero de Torres. The museum doesn’t just stop at paintings; it also hosts temporary exhibitions that range from modern to contemporary art, giving visitors a taste of the broader art scene.
Right by the exit is also a lovely museum shop where you might find a truly unique souvenir to take home with you.
Here is a very short virtual tour, and I have included practical tips for visiting the museum below the photos.
Visiting Museum Carmen Thyssen in Malaga
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm, Monday closed (except public holidays)
24th and 31st December from 10am to 3pm | 25th December, 1st and 6th January will be closed.
Tickets: General 11 euros, Reduced 7 euros, Group 9 euros
Parking: Camas & Arriola: near de Central Market, Central: in the Plaza de la Marina, harbor front
Location: Plaza Carmen Thyssen (C/Compañia 10), 29008 Málaga, España.