Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum#6 in Best Things To Do in Madrid
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, named for the family from which the collection was bought, is housed in the intimate Villahermosa Palace. The museum has nearly 1,000 works of art, ranging widely in style, from German Expressionism to Russian Constructivism and 19th-century American art. Artists featured include Dürer, Titian, Rembrandt, Renoir, Van Gogh and more.
Most recent visitors enjoyed their time at the museum, especially the way its design leads visitors through a progression of art movements, from the classical periods on. Travelers also commend the museum's cafe. Reviewers offered mixed opinions on which museum was superior – this one or the Prado – but all were impressed that these pieces came from one family.
Admission (to both the permanent and temporary collections) is 12 euros (about $14) for adults and 8 euros (about $9.30) for students. Access to just the permanent collection is free. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Located just west of Retiro Park, you can tour the museum by jumping off at the Banco De España metro stop. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro)
To the east of central Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro (Buen Retiro Park) can be translated as "Park of the Pleasant Retreat," and that's what it is – a sprawling swath of lush greenery filled with formal gardens, lakes, cafes, playgrounds and more. This 300-some-acre park previously housed Felipe IV's palace and gardens, and didn't become open to the public until the late 19th century.
Today, you can still rent a rowboat to the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), which holds regular art exhibitions or stop and smell the roses in the Rosaleda (Rose Garden), which has more than 4,000 roses. Plus, for those traveling with little ones, the Teatro de Titeres hosts puppet shows most weekends.
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