The second gallery in Madrid's 'golden triangle' of art museums is the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Housing the former private collection of the Thyssen family, the works were bought by the city of Madrid to enrich its fund of art treasures. The collection, in the restored 18th century Palacio de Villahermosa near the Prado, contains more than 800 paintings, sculptures, carvings and tapestries, ranging from primitive Flemish works to contemporary pieces. Among the highlights are works by Renoir, Durer and Van Eyck. The collection includes some major American works as well.
Address: Villahermosa Palace, 8 Paseo del Prado
Telephone: +34 91 369 0151
Transport: Metro to Banco de España station. A variety of public buses also provide transport to the museum
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and Christmas Day. The museum closes early (3pm) on 24 and 31 December.