Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga 

Calle Compañia, 10

Palacio de Villalon

Tel: 952-601-151



Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00 H.

Closed Monday.

The Palacio de Villalon dates from the 16th century and was occupied by the Fernandez de Villalon Family. A source says that Fernandez de Villalon was a conquistador. This palace was renovated to house the new museum and the museum was inaugurated on March 24, 2011. The museum occupies a space of 7147 square meters, of which 5185 square meters will be used for displays, and the rest will be used for administrative purposes. The building has five stories. There is a beautiful Renaissance patio near the entrance that has galleries in two stories. The color used in the museum is a very light beige, used on the floor and the walls, and this shows off the paintings marvelously. The museum is very close to the Plaza de la Constitucion, in the historic center of Malaga.

The new museum has a permanent collection of 230 paintings belonging to the Baronesa Carmen Thyssen, also known in Spain as Carmen Cervera. Most of these paintings show art created in the 19th  century, and could be called Romantic art.  Of the 230 paintings, there are 133 paintings that belong to the Andalusia Collection, because they have themes of Andalusia, such as Andalusian patios, the Andalusian countryside, flamenco dancers, bull fights, toreros, and beautiful Andalusian women in traditional dress, and these were created mainly by Andalusian artists. Many of these paintings have never been shown in museums before and this is the biggest collection in the world with this theme. The identity of this museum will be closely tied to this theme.

Some of the artists that are on display are Jose Dominguez Becquer, Genaro Perez Villaamil, Alfred Dehodencq, Maria Fortuny I Marsal, Martin Rico Ortega, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Dario de Recoyos y Valdes, Julio Romero de Torres, Jose Gutierrez Solana and Jimenez Aranda. Others are Ramon Casas, Hermen Anglada, Joaquin Sorolla, Emilio Grau Sala, Antonio Muñoz Degrain, and Ignacio Zuloaga. There are some 20th century artists, such as Picasso.

There are five paintings by Joaquin Sorolla. One of the most beautiful paintings is his Patio de la Casa Sorolla, which shows the patio in his house in Madrid.

The aim of the Baronesa Carmen Thyssen is to popularize 19th century Spanish paintings, which are not very well known in Spain or the world. Her collection has popular paintings, and no official paintings of history. These paintings were eclipsed in the past by paintings from the previous era, such as those of Goya, and paintings from the succeeding era, such as those of Picasso. 

It is expected that this museum will get temporary exhibitions after they are shown in the Thyssen Museum in Madrid.



This is the facade of the museum.




This is the beautiful Renaissance patio in the museum.




One of the salons has this impressive Mudejar ceiling.





The sculpture of Christ dates from the 13th century and was created by an anonymous artist.




The Virgin with Child also dates from the 13th century and was also created by an anonymous artist.




Francisco de Zurbaran painted Santa Marina in 1650.





Manuel Wissel de Guimbarda painted Vendedoras de Rosquillos en un Rincon de Sevilla in 1881.




Guillermo Gomez Gil painted La Fuente de Reding in 1885.




La Buenaventura was painted by Julio Romero de Torres in 1922.




Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta painted Travesuras de la Modelo in 1885.




Ramon Casas i Carbo painted Julia in 1915.







Composicion Desnudo was painted by Celso Laga.




Antonio Muñoz Degrain painted Marina. Vista de la Bahia de Palma de Mallorca in 1910.