The Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga is one of Malaga’s main attractions in terms of visitor numbers.
Opened in 2011, it brings together one of the most important collections of Spanish and Andalusian painting from the early 19th century to the early modern period in the 20th century, encompassing some of the main movements in Spanish art during this period, such as landscape and folkloristic painting.
There are also a number of other interesting temporary exhibitions to be seen in this converted sixteenth-century town house, named after Carmen Cervera, socialite and art collector, third wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, whose private collection (the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection) the gallery houses.
The more than 250 works also include a selection of pieces by Old Masters, including a Santa Marina by Zurbarán.
Located in an ornate former townhouse
The museum is housed in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century building of great historic importance, just off Plaza de la Constitución, that was magnificently restored and extended in order to become the museum as we know it today.
The museum’s arrival has also seen the regeneration of its surrounding area, with the ‘entorno Thyssen’ welcoming a number of boutique shops and eateries that are well worth exploring.
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